A Christian who believes upholding the first commandment is the key to overcoming the terrorist threat in Australia has announced her intention to run for the seat of Morwell in November’s state election.
In a political platform sent to The Express, Traralgon resident Jacqueline Rose identified allowing immigrants into Australia who do not worship the Christian god as an “error” that has allowed a threat to the nation “that we know” to develop.
Also among the independent candidate’s platforms are allowing asylum seekers and immigrants entry to Australia “only if they give allegiance to our religion”.
“If they don’t want to do that they should go back to their country where they want to fight each other and kill each other,” Ms Rose told The Express.
She said new arrivals should be happy to be forced to renounce their religion.
“Why would they want to come over here and build a new mosque when they see what happens to people in their own countries… the bloodshed and the blood-thirstiness of it all,” Ms Rose said.
While Ms Rose would not say what she disliked about other religions, she said others only had to watch the television news for reasons.
Ms Rose also called for the abolition of all non-Christian places of worship and lamented that Australia’s religious vilification laws “tread” on the constitution.
“And anyone who stands up and says ‘you’re a racist’ or ‘you’re xenophobic’ or ‘you’re islamaphobic’… well you’re Christian-aphobic,” Ms Rose said, adding too many labels were “bandied around”.
Ms Rose argued Australia was a constitutional monarchy, which was built on a foundation of Christianity, and atheists and socialists in Australia’s governments had “chipped away” at this.
The retired primary school-teacher called for the inclusion of “our religion” into state schools with measures such as the reintroduction of ‘God Save the Queen’ to accompany Australia’s current national anthem.
Gippsland Multicultural Services director Lisa Sinha said she did not think Ms Rose’s “extreme” views reflected the broader community.
“I don’t think many in the community, including many of the mainstream Christian faiths, would take such views very seriously,” Ms Sinha said.
“I think most of the churches would be appalled.
“I think that Australia as a diverse and inclusive society is something Christians would value as much as those of every other faith and background.”
Ms Sinha said Australia had largely been spared of the sort of hatred that has “put up its head in other places”.
“It’s democracy and she has a right to her views, but I couldn’t say I’m too concerned people will take them seriously,” Ms Sinha said.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
In response to ‘Threat to Australia’
I write in response to your item about me on the front page of Monday’s “Express” (3 November), with your heading “Threat to Australia” and your sub-heading “Morwell candidate claims non-Christian immigrants threat to the nation”.
After you phoned me to interview me, did you then decide that it would be a clever journalistic thing to do to put your own slant to my platform? I sent you a press release which you have butchered. I did not say that non-Christian immigrants were a threat to the nation – the only time I used the word “threat” was in my heading “Ten Facts – How to Overcome the Terrorist Threat in Victoria and Australia”
Furthermore I did not, in your second paragraph, say the following: “…allowing immigrants into Australia who do not worship the Christian god as an “error” that has allowed a threat to the nation “that we know” to develop. You are paraphrasing in an incorrect and detrimental way point five of my “Ten Facts”, being:
“Biblically based / western countries historically have thus erred in allowing citizenship to immigrants whose allegiance is to a foreign god”.
I did not say they had to “worship” God or Jesus, but that their allegiance must first be to our Constitutional Monarchy. Many Australians are atheists, but if they had to choose between living in a Christian country or a Muslim country which one do you think they would choose, i.e. give allegiance to? Which one would you choose, Ms Chambers?
Under my heading “Implementation of the Ten Facts in the Victorian State Government,” point 3 (a), you have correctly quoted me, by writing “asylum seekers and new immigrants to be given visas and entry only if they give allegiance to our religion”.
I did not say that “new arrivals should be happy to be forced to renounce their religion”. You know quite well that I said that some Muslims may well be relieved if our government made it a necessary provision to renounce their religion, as this may well prevent their relatives who are still enslaved in backward Muslim countries to be punished because their relatives in Australia ‘chose’ to give up Islam. See how you have twisted and perverted what I have said.
Further along you write: “While Ms Rose would not say what she disliked about other religions, she said “others” only had to watch the television news for reasons”. First – I did not say that I disliked other religions. I am not talking about other religions – I am talking about upholding our own religion, which you certainly did not do in your article. I also did not say “others” – I include myself in with everyone else – I said “you” or “we”. And I did not say “for reasons”. Reasons meaning what? Reasons to dislike other religions? Or reasons for why we must make sure that our country does not regress to the level of violence in countries which are not biblically based?
Not once did I use the word “Christian” in what I sent you, yet you have attributed that word to me a number of times. I use the term “biblical”, as this includes the Jews.
Jacqueline Rose, Traralgon.
Editor’s note: Jacqueline Rose’s policy platform can be viewed online at www.australianrestorationparty.com