This video and related articles of Pope Francis accused of eating babies and performing satanic masses has lately made the rounds in activist circles. Clearly these accusations are ridiculous and unfounded, no matter how you might feel about Catholicism . However, when a friend recently shared this so-called evidence, I just commented that I don’t believe it. There is a lot of stuff being shared on the internet that I don’t believe and I just use whatever common sense and analytical skills I have to discern truth from fiction. However, one thing I did not accuse my friend of was spreading hate, although, when you think about it, anybody who ever writes or shares something critical is potentially spreading hate.
You are allowed to criticise everything from politicians to puppet masters, Christians to Jews. The Catholic Church has been in the news for accusations of paedophilia for quite some time now and rightly so.. To criticise something you think is abusive is a human right. At least it should be.
Strangely though, that right goes away when it comes to Islam. As soon as you dare speak out against Islam you are accused of spreading hate and being a right wing , racist bigot. Even in the face of overwhelming evidence that there are massive human rights abuses going on under Islam and Sharia law, which is about to be fully instated in so-called modern countries like Malaysia.
I don’t understand why some activists are confused about occupymelbourne.net being critical of Islam. We are critical of a lot of human right abuses, Islam is just one of them. It is not being singled out as the only topic on this website, but presents a major issue to a regional community at this time.
And clearly, the government has again proven that it doesn’t want to listen and that people have no right to decide what they want in their own communities.
As for the people who are accusing this website to be a splinter group from the “real” Occupy Melbourne : It’s quite funny how others claim to be the leaders of a leaderless movement which they pronounced dead well over a year ago, leaving the rest, who wanted to continue, to do whatever they want with the name. Now they are coming out of the woodwork to say that this is not the real Occupy Melbourne, which is presumably still dead, even though it continues on a weekly basis with OM Free Kitchen.
In addition, it must be said that there are many voices within the OM community, who cannot and should not have to agree on everything. Occupy is not an organisation , nor is it a party with the associated groupthink,