Mar 1 2013
OnIslam Rivo Respect, Responsibility & Recognition founders Danielle Fragomeli and Carroline Parkes said hundreds of flyers titled ‘Future of Riverstone a Muslim enclave’, as well as an eight-page booklet titled “Islam Aggressive Religion, Totalitarian Political System’ had been distributed.
Ms Parkes said: “We think the flyers will give residents a pre-conceived notion about the Islamic development which could be wrong.” (That’s the idea) Controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders, also referred to the “Muslim enclave in Riverstone” during his speeches in Sydney last week.
The distribution of anti-Islam letter protesting plans to build “halal housing” project in the north-western suburb of Riverstone is inviting condemnations from leftist dhimmis across the country for spreading bigotry against Muslims in their culturally-diverse society.
“Many elderly people have told me they are scared about the proposed development because of the flyers,” Danielle Fragomeli, one of the founders of Rivo Respect, Responsibility & Recognition founders, told the Rouse Hill Times.
Releasing the plans for the housing project last January, the developer, Qartaba Homes, says the interest-free project will be Australia’s “very first project of its kind for the Muslim community.”
But opponents say the project could turn into a “Muslim enclave” in Australia and raise tension between Muslims and non-Muslims. Carroline Parkes, the other founder of Rivo Respect, condemned the flyers for spreading wrong notions about Islam.
The project developer played down the impact of the flyers, rejecting the use of scare-mongering tactics. “We are not worried about these anonymous flyers as we have had good discussions with the local Chamber of Commerce and a community group,” Qartaba Homes director Wajahat Rana said.
“We are a business, not an Islamic organization, and the people who are doing this are ignorant and trying to portray a bad reputation for Riverstone by using scare-mongering tactics which will consequently have a poor economic outlook for Riverstone.”
Muslims make up 1.7 percent of its 20-million population. Islam is the country’s second largest religion after Christianity. The distribution of the offensive pamphlets is not the first case in Australia. Last October, leaflets were distributed by Q Society, an anti-Islam group that campaigns against what it calls “islamization of Australia”, to letterboxes in Victoria.
In August, the anti-Islam group distributed flyers warning of what it says “islamization” of Australia. Earlier in 2012, offensive pamphlets were distributed to homes throughout Queanbeyan during Christmas holidays.
Entitled Is Allah Like You?, the pamphlets depict a Muslim man physically abusing a woman and a child and an Islamic elder condoning the violence as acceptable in his faith.