Facebook: Remove all ADL, Reclaim Australia, Respect Australia and UPF pages
The ADL, Reclaim Australia, Respect Australia and the UPF are a group of anti-Islamic campaigners whose views range from the lunatic fringe to outright Neo Nazism. These groups are dangerous hate peddlers who are actively trying to cause harm to Islamic communities in Australia by proliferation of anti-Muslim propaganda, calls to ban Islamic necessities such as Mosques and Halal food, and trying to marginalise Australian Muslims through fear and misinformation. Blair Cottrell, leader of the UPF, has come out openly in favour of Adolf Hitler, saying modern school students should all receive copies of Mein Kampf and that Hitler's picture should be in every classroom (citation). The UPF is arguably the most extreme of these groups. Australian Media have attempted to re-frame the Reclaim Australia (and ipso facto it's splinter, Respect Australia) movement as being harmless mums and dads looking to protect their children, but their actions have opened the floodgates for anti-Islamic hate throughout the country, and the knee-jerk reactions of culturally illiterate bigots have manifested as multiple attacks (both physical and verbal) on Muslims and on Muslim property (citation citation) Facebook defines hate speech as "Content that attacks people based on their actual or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or disease." The ADL, RA and the UPF have repeatedly tried to claim that they are not attacking Muslims. This is false. Absolutely, unequivocally false. All three groups claim to be opposing the threat posed by Muslims, but when taking into account the actual number of Muslims in Australia and the facts about the points made by these groups (Sharia law, Halal certification, Terrorism just being a few examples) it becomes clear that these people, whether purposely or inadvertently, are inventing facts and crimes to hold Islam responsible for. In short, they are all seeking to stop Islam through slander, misinformation and propaganda; hate speech. They are targeting Muslims for no other reason than their religion. They are seeking to judge immigrants and asylum seekers based only on their religion. They are stoking the fires on the "OK Prejudice" of our age. And Facebook has done nothing to stop them. Though all three groups have faced page shut downs at one or more times in the past, they are quick to regroup and launch a new page that gets a new following, and thus begin using Facebook as their podium once again. Facebook: Remove these pages and continue to remove them. When they come back, promptly shut them down again. Change your stance on hate speech and act according to your own terms and conditions. There is no room on Facebook for bigotry. As of 03/11/2015 the pages in question are: United Patriots Front: https://www.facebook.com/unitedpatriotsfront/?fref=ts https://www.facebook.com/United-Patriots-Front-Bendigo-772013616257736/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/events/877603832289124/?ref=br_rs&action_history=null https://www.facebook.com/United-Patriots-Front-Perth-840690119331319/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/United-Patriots-Front-Tasmania-1602410703340037/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/United-Patriots-Front-Sydney-863057083756031/?ref=br_rs ADL: https://www.facebook.com/ADL-Australian-Defence-League-213679261984140/?fref=ts https://www.facebook.com/AusDefenseLeague/?ref=ts&fref=ts https://www.facebook.com/Australian-Defence-League-524670194251524/?ref=ts&fref=ts https://www.facebook.com/AustralianDefenceLeagueOfficialAdlEst2009/?ref=ts&fref=ts Respect Australia: https://www.facebook.com/respectaustraliarallynational/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/respectaustraliarallyMelbourne/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/AAI.Mackay2/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/respectaustraliarallybathurst/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/respectaustraliarallytweedheads/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/Respect-Australia-Rally-Brisbane-838267779614015/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/respectaustraliarallyRockhampton/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/respectaustraliarallyAdeliade/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/respectaustraliarallySydney/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/respectaustraliarallylogan/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/respectaustraliarallygoldcoast/?ref=br_rs Reclaim Australia: https://www.facebook.com/Reclaim-Australia-Rally-Australia-wide-762398587169729/?fref=ts https://www.facebook.com/RARSydney/?ref=ts&fref=ts https://www.facebook.com/Reclaim-Australia-Rally-Melbourne-1408547796104626/?ref=ts&fref=ts https://www.facebook.com/Reclaim-Australia-Rally-Cairns-845540732158914/?fref=ts https://www.facebook.com/Reclaim-Australia-Rally-Perth-350693121790195/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/Reclaim-Australia-Rally-Newcastle-670337793086478/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/Reclaim-Australia-Rally-Gold-Coast-908893872517569/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/RarDarwin/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/Reclaim-Australia-Rally-Hervey-Bay-398887036970634/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/ReclaimAustraliaRallyTownsville/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/ReclaimAustraliaRallyRockhampton/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/ReclaimAustraliaRallyTasmania/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/groups/1572080306414470/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/groups/787836497938936/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/groups/ReclaimAustraliaRallyRockhampton/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/groups/834350136611482/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/Reclaim-Australia-Rally-Sunshine-Coast-827804080620137/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/Reclaim-Australia-Rally-Bundaberg-942856882412260/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/Reclaim-Australia-Melbourne-rally-808499952521108/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/Reclaim-Australia-Rally-Mackay-752562431537870/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/Reclaim-Australia-Rally-Redcliffe-and-Moreton-Bay-and-Surrounds-179963505392857/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/Reclaim-Australia-Rally-Bunbury-796304153798944/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/Reclaim-Australia-Rally-Esperance-1509256955965834/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/pages/Reclaim-Australia-Reduce-Immigration/143813388963686?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/Reclaim-Australia-Rally-Mildura-1658645204376078/?ref=br_rs https://www.facebook.com/Reclaim-Australia-Rally-Alice-Springs-732743940193233/?ref=br_rs
Shut down all ADL pages and groups
Racism and Islamophobia are rife in our country. For nearly fifteen years we have been all too aware of radical Islamic fighters in the middle east. We have seen and heard the horrors of the 9/11 bombings, the Bali Bombing and the London Bombings. We know and we understand the dangers of radical beliefs of any kind. But it is not fair to place the blame for those violent attacks on peaceful Australian Muslims. It is dreadfully important to fight terrorism of all kinds, and it is imperative to protect our nation from the reach of organisations like ISIS, but it cannot be at the expense of law abiding men and women. When women are assaulted for wearing a niqab (not a burqa!), Islamic places of worship are defaced, threats of violence are issued against Muslim citizens, and even the Sikhi Community are targetted in a case of misidentification as Muslims, it is fair to say that the last thing that we need is somebody stirring the pot on Islamophobia. And nowhere in Australia is that more evident than the ironically named Australian Defence League. The ADL "was inspired by the emergence in early 2009 of the English Defence League, and first appeared in NSW in early 2010. At this point it was an informal project of members of the Australian Protectionist Party (APP) who wished to emulate the EDL’s ability to mobilise thousands in support of its anti-Muslim agenda – and for which the nearest precursor in Australia was the Cronulla riot" (source). Their primary goal is the total eradication of Islam in Australia. Their methods have included bullying, harassment, illegal photography and video/audio recording, rowdy protests and intimidation. They are a hate group. Yet despite their openly antagonistic approach to Islam, they have a large gathering on social media and it appears to be their primary meeting place. The Facebook community standards make it clear that they do not "permit individuals or groups to attack others based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition." (source) Google+ states that they don't "support content that promotes or condones violence against individuals or groups based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, nationality, veteran status, or sexual orientation/gender identity, or whose primary purpose is inciting hatred on the basis of these core characteristics." (source) Yet despite this there are groups on both the Facebook and Google+ platforms (these are only two examples of their seemingly haphazard arrangement of pages and groups). Facebook and Google+ if your terms and standards are more than a vague attempt at appearing fair, then we are calling upon you to show that you are capable of enforcing them and remove the ADL pages and groups, as well as any future attempts by the organisation to rebuild their social media presence. The ADL have made it very clear that they are incapable of being reasoned with, and driven purely by hate. For this reason there can be no dialogue with them, and no attempt at mediation, they will always subvert this and try to twist it to their own outcomes. There can be no tolerance of hate of this kind. In the interest of equality, we ask you to please shut them down!
To the Australian Government and the Governor General: We Reject Tony Abbott and the LNP
This is a statement of non-confidence. We the people of Australia do hereby firmly reject the Abbott Government and the Liberal National Party as our ruling body. We do not condone any of its actions henceforth, nor do we accept its values as our own. We strongly implore the Governor General of Australia to dismiss the LNP Government before serious damage is done to Australia as a nation. The Federal and State LNP Governments are poised on the brink of inflicting irrevocable damage on the Nation. Just days after the election, the LNP Government had already removed several key, and crucially important ministers from the Cabinet. Among these were the ministers for Science, Mental Health, Aged Care and Disabilities. Insultingly, they have been replaced with a minister for Sport. Furthermore, just 100 days into the Abbott regime, we have become the first nation to attempt to repeal actions against the Climate Change, have been slammed with human rights abuses for our Asylum Seeker Detention Centres including children being separated from their parents, the sick being denied medication and asylum seekers being imprisoned for unacceptable amounts of time, and have had the very last bastion of free journalism in Australia (the ABC) threatened with budget cuts because they do not say what the LNP want them to say! We simply cannot sit by idly while our Country is ravaged in this fashion. Everything that we have built these many long years is now at risk as the LNP dissect Australia and sell her vital organs for profit. Too much is at stake! Tony Abbott and his cronies have made it blatantly clear that they do not care about you or your country, and will do whatever they can to make sure that the rich become richer while the poor become poorer. They will exploit every natural resource they can find, regardless of the damage they do to both humans and nature, and they will strip away our rights if they see fit to do so. They do not represent our views, and we must show them that they do not represent us. Please sign this petition and pass it on to as many as you can.