Totally agree with Amne Alrifai. I’ve been following her for a few months now, ever since I realised that I’d like to hear a Muslim perspective to things. As she says on her blog, she “happen[s] to be a 20-something-year-old-Muslim-Lebanese-Australian-Daughter-of-Migrants”, a “scientist by trade and a dreamer by instinct… tending to invest all of [herself] into social justice”.
Her perspective has been great. It’s just one opinion – her own – but it certainly gives a good insight into aspects of one Muslim woman’s life. And in this blog post (linked below) she gives a proud assertion which, as I said above, I totally get behind: one psychopathic man who happened to call himself Muslim – though his actions demonstrate otherwise, really (again, see below; as well as numerous other condemnations) – one guy like that is not going to tear us – the wider community, the 99% of Aussies of all types – apart. This is not terror
We are all Australian. Like that Hunters & Collectors song: “whatever world you come from/ whatever tongue you speak” – and whatever religion and skin colour.
I am, you are, we are Australian. #Illridewithyou – with all of you. We ride together.
On that note – as Amne also says, our thoughts should be with the victims of this tragedy right now. Those who died should be remembered and honoured in our thoughts; those who made it out, and their families, and the families of those who died, need our support and thoughts as well – they deserve all the help that they need and more at this time.
I also hope that it means they get some privacy – in true Aussie terms, I say, bugger off, media vultures. In a contest between sensationalism and respect, I vote for respect. Please. Luckily, from what I’m seeing, most agree with me.
Gina, another blogger, puts this best- https://aussieg.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/breaking-news-how-much-is-enough/
Also, while we’re in shock over what’s happened here, spare a thought for families of 141 people (many of whom children) who were killed in a callous attack by the Taliban in Pakistan – http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30491435.
That is all.