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Revealed: The secretive Q Society’s battle against Islam

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Revealed: The secretive Q Society’s battle against Islam

Their only address is a PO Box in suburban Melbourne. They won’t say exactly where their money comes from and say they never will.

And they are very opposed to Islam in Australia.

The secretive organisation known as the Q Society has this week been linked to a noisy campaign to stop the construction of a mosque in Bendigo, Victoria.

Over the past few weeks, some of the town’s businesses and residents have awoken to find black balloons tied up outside their premises as a way of protesting the proposed place of worship.

The $3 million development was approved last week at a raucous council meeting. There were reports indicating the Q Society was a “key force” behind the Bendigo campaign (the organisation says it only held a public meeting and was “not a protest organisation”).

“Mosque busters”: Black balloons on the corner of Rowena Street and Rohs Road in Bendigo

‘Mosque busters’: Black balloons on the corner of Rowena Street and Rohs Road in Bendigo East. Picture: Ian CurrieSource: News Corp Australia

“Education group”: Debbie Robinson, left, and Andrew Horwood. Picture: News Corp Austarli

‘Education group’: Debbie Robinson, left, and Andrew Horwood. Picture: News Corp Austarlia Source: News Corp Australia

So who exactly are they and what are they doing?

The Q Society — named because the group was founded at a 2010 meeting in the upper class Melbourne suburb of Kew — claims to have members across the country.

Its mission is about “educating” people about Islam, spokesman Andrew Horwood said, rather than leading the protests.

They describe themselves as “Islam-critical”, are avowed opponents of sharia law and have published a book Getting Through: How To Talk To Non Muslims About The Disturbing Nature of Islam and produced YouTube videos including “How to stop a mosque”.

It has few public faces except for its president, Debbie Robinson, and Mr Horwood. “We’re purely educational,” he told news.com.au.

Another image of the proposed mosque.

An image of the proposed mosque. Source: Supplied

Keysar Trad, from the Islamic Friendship Association of Australia, said the group spreads “disturbing, baseless Islamophobia”.

“I think most Australians would normally treat them as a joke but because there’s not enough information out there, not enough good information … about Islam, some people unfortunately subscribe to their message.”

The group is affiliated with an global organisation known as Stop The Islamisation of Nations (SION) — which, as the name suggests, is vehemently anti-Islamic.

The society has been in the headlines several times over the past few years due to its involvement in bringing right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders to speak in Australia.

Dutch far-right lawmaker Geert Wilders. Picture: AFP

Dutch far-right lawmaker Geert Wilders. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

Mr Wilders has faced accusations of racial vilification after branding Islam as a violent religion and likening the Koran to Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

More than 20 venues he was to speak at last year withdrew their support after a firestorm over his visit.

According to Mr Horwood, that’s a sign that Australia has been stifled by political correctness.

“You have to question in 2013 in Australia are people already scared to talk about Islam?” he said. “Are they fearful about what would happen if they discuss Islam?

“You have the riots in Sydney only 18 months ago. Actions like that make people fear (discussing) it.”

Keysar Trad from the Islamic Friendship Association of Australia. Picture: News Corp Aust

Keysar Trad from the Islamic Friendship Association of Australia. Picture: News Corp Australia Source: News Limited

Mr Horwood said members’ security was one reason why the organisation employed secretive measures, such as refusing to name its supporters and nondisclosure agreements for members who attend meetings.

“It’s important in our industry that we understand who is actually there,” Mr Horwood said.

“I’m sure you’re aware of what’s happening overseas with people under 24-hour armed guard. “We like to have an understanding of who’s attending our meetings.”

But Mr Trad said the Q Society was just paranoid.

“The secrecy behind their message is an indication of paranoia. People should realise this is not a message they should take very seriously. It’s a message they should throw in the bin.”

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  • The greenmantle

    That would be putting the cart before the horse in this case

    Sir David

  • Reynardine

    Emm…you can have a two-mule team.

  • The greenmantle

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27260027

    I think the word team is a bit strong as I see no evidence that there are more than two of them 🙂
    Good news the BBC think Islam was in Australia before Christianity .
    Australia First anyone ?

    Sir David

  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    Yay another team of nutjobs to worry about.

  • @Infidel you say:

    “None of them will argue with Islamic law, and those secular Muslims that do, they are considered infidels.”

    This is so contradictory – first you say no Muslims will argue with more harsh or conservative readings of Islam – then you concede that some do but are considered ‘infidels’. By whom? Not by them, presumably. You are already suggesting that *you* in fact only consider Muslims who follow a harsher version of the faith ‘proper Muslims’. Only they have the right to decide who is a a Muslim.

    Then you imply that even those secular ‘not-proper-Muslims’ are just practising taqiyaa.

    “Muslims will be staunch supporters of secularism while they are the minority. Things will change very soon, don’t be fooled.”

    Then you say:

    Ask any Muslim if they disagree with any punishment such as flogging, or crucifixion, or amputation or wive beating!.

    You will find plenty of Muslims, particularly in the West, even more particularly in the US, who will not support such punishments, either here and now or in some ‘ideal’ state. (Some do, obviously.) Then you contradict yourself yet again, within a single sentence, by asserting first that you won’t find a single one who will denounce such punishments, and then saying, oh well, you might, but s/he won’t be a proper Muslim.

    “You will not find a single Muslim that disagrees with this, and if you do, he is an infidel, just remember that.”

    You are no longer even saying that other Muslims won’t consider them Muslim – you don’t either. Obviously if you don’t think secular Muslims are Muslim then you won’t be able to identify a single secular Muslim.

  • White trash

    ” Islam is a tool, designed to penetrate and conquer. Its founder, a warrior who fought 67 battles and only 1 of them was defensive, the rest were wars of aggression.”

    Then by your logic, Islam should have conquered the world eons ago. I don’t recall the founder, ever having any military experience prior to prosecution. I do believe all the wars were defensive. It’s certainly a two-faced argument coming from a person who nations is guilty for genocide, colonialism and war aggression that still prevent today.

    “There is no people more two faced than those in Islamic organizations”

    You certainly are.

  • There’s never been a time in history when there were no people who did not oppose, often intensely, the teachings of a prophet or a messenger of God, who all brought the same message in its essence: self-surrender to the Reality that encompasses and permeates all other realities, or, to put it more spiritually, the alignment or yielding of the individual self to the spirit (ruh, in Arabic), which is a divine spark, also known as God-conscious.

    But the teachings, especially those of the major prophets, have survived, which we see in the forms of Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Native religions in North America, and others.

    The kind of opposition and criticisms Islam is currently experiencing, and which is due in large part to the actions of a few misguided Muslims, is actually good for Islam and Muslims, if you reflect upon the history of religions and how they come out strong after these episodes of opposition and even persecution.

    So the moderate Muslims must not be disheartened. The truth of all religions is out there esoterically and there are indeed those people who are quite reasonable.

  • sam

    the islamaphobes undercurrent of hate being spread will lead to a new holocaust this time against muslims unfortunately

  • Jekyll

    Geert needs some eye skin wrinkle cream or something…and SION ? Really ? S-ION? Hmm I wonder with my wondrous imagination what other letter could b they have of chosen ?

  • Infidel

    Well, keep ignoring those who warn you about Islam. I live in the U.K, here we are finding out the hard way. There is no people more two faced than those in Islamic organizations who claim to promote integration. Some of them are living in hope, others are deceiving you, while others don’t know their own religion. Islam is a tool, designed to penetrate and conquer. Its founder, a warrior who fought 67 battles and only 1 of them was defensive, the rest were wars of aggression. Islams mission is to dominate the world, make no mistake about this. It doesn’t matter how many nice Muslims you know that are polite, respectful people. None of them will argue with Islamic law, and those secular Muslims that do, they are considered infidels. Muslims will be staunch supporters of secularism while they are the minority. Things will change very soon, don’t be fooled. Ask any Muslim if they disagree with any punishment such as flogging, or crucifixion, or amputation or wive beating!. You will not find a single Muslim that disagrees with this, and if you do, he is an infidel, just remember that.

  • JD

    Anyone want to bet money tracks back to Israel or Zionist group….It always does

  • Sir David

    I am willing to be that there membership is ………………. only the two persons named plus a Mr M possibly a newspaper owner .
    They will not like this great bit on the BBC http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27260027
    It appears that Islam was in Australia before Christianity .
    Australia First anyone ?

    Sir David

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