Jim Molan, the newly minted Senator from the Liberal Party has not apologized after he used Social Media to disseminate anti-Muslim videos uploaded to the Internet by the racist British hate group Britain First. Senator Molan was sworn on February 5 to the Senate to replace Fiona Nash, a former Nationals deputy. The videos reportedly showed a number of Muslims pushing one boy from the roof and destroying a Virgin Mary statue. Another video showed a Muslim horrifyingly abusing a disabled boy. One video among the two was long ago was long proven to be a fake one.
The hardline conservative has, in addition, shared a number of other articles. They talked about banning Muslims from entering Australia. A number of posts also highlighted the poor support for Malcolm Turnbull- the Australian Prime Minister- among the masses. He also advocated the coalition to move to the political right. Among all the right-wing propaganda spread by him, the Britain First promotion has proven to be the most controversial.
The Australian political establishment was quick to take note. The Labor Party has accused Molan of pushing bigotry and racism to the public sphere. Similar sentiments were echoed by Islamophobia Register of Australia. The organization described his actions as dangerous ones. Brice Hamack, the president of the organization, said that the actions by Molan were disheartening. He added that these kinds of communication pose an actual threat to the safety and peace of every Australian.
Authenticity and Labor response
The Senator has admitted on his part that he could not verify the authenticity of the videos. He could not also authenticate whether the videos really show Muslims indulging in violence as claimed by Britain First. The Senator has strongly rejected any racism claims. When challenged about it, the ex-army professional said that he has put on the line his life for Muslims. He added that he finds it offensive that a reporter could doubt him about his views. He, instead, asked viewers to take a look at the video themselves and then judge it.
Penny Wong of the Labor Party said that such promotion of divisiveness and bigotry has zero places in the Australian society. It also has no place in the Australian parliament. The Labor Senator urged Prime Minister Turnbull to join Labor in condemning the views propagated by Senator Molan. She said that the words spread by the Liberal Senator do not generate debate but division and hatred.