i saw a few things that disturbed or disheartened me today in the age.
this* (except he was playing a musical instrument):
and this especially:
but none more so than this letter:
I am now a racist
Once again the outrage of the Muslim world stuns us in the West into disbelief. I ask myself what is in the minds of people who cannot tolerate any questioning of their ways, their society and their religion? How can people hold whole nations to account for the actions of a few newspaper editors? Where is the balance in their judgements, where is the reason without emotion?
As a formerly tolerant and open-minded Australian who used to believe that we can accept and live with each others' differences, I now strongly believe that Western traditions, beliefs and freedoms are incompatible with the Muslim world. I ask now, why do Muslims wish to live in Western societies if they find our freedoms so abhorrent? I ask, what do they bring to our society but venom and anger? I ask, why should we allow them into our tolerant society?
I am now a racist.
James Collette, Prahran
* can any one tell me why you can't find the same pics in the age online that are in the hard copy? this is annoying. do they archive them anywhere? thanks.