House Rules

February 24, 2006 12:21 AM

“This is my house. If you want to come in, you should respect me. If you can’t do that, then I won’t welcome you into my house.”

That was essentially what the Federal Treasurer Peter Costello said Tuesday night whilst addressing the Sydney Institute.

From the link below:

… the Treasurer has bluntly called for hard-line Muslims and others who don’t observe Australian values to be stripped of their citizenship.

And he said people coming to Australia should have the same respect for Australian values as visitors to a mosque who are asked to take off their shoes.


“A person who does not acknowledge the supremacy of civil law laid down by democratic processes cannot truthfully take the pledge of allegiance,” he said.

“As such they do not meet the pre-condition for citizenship.”

I agree wholeheartedly. If you have come to live in a Western democracy, then it is highly contradictory for you to hate it. You have freedom of religion, and freedom of dress. You can even practice your form of Sharia law but you cannot expect to impose that on the general populace. And you’d most certainly be prosecuted under the common law if any of your cultural practices harm another person in this country.

There are plenty of Muslims, from all corners of the planet, who have assimilated to the life here in Australia. Extremists and zealots only serve to unfairly put *all* Muslims in this country in a bad light. I can’t claim to speak for moderate Muslims but I can bet you that you are about as welcomed by them as you are by the rest of us – NOT.

The Australian: Costello urges migrant loyalty [February 24, 2006]

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7 thoughts on “House Rules

  1. SimplySiti

    I wonder how people like Costello would react if the Indigenous people said the same thing to them back in the 1700s. Ha!

    But oh well, I perfectly agree with their sentiments. In Rome, do what the Roman do. But I hope they were not referring to total assimilation where each culture is stripped of its identity.

  2. mooiness

    louyau: alrighty man! mail me your email address at mooiness (at) Will send more info via email to you.

    siti: yeah true that about the indigenous ppl. but times have change. And his argument resonates with me: why come all the way here to hate the ppl that you are living with?

    Total assimilation is not expected of course – but mutual respect and tolerance is. The zealots and extremists only serve to antagonise the racists and bigots.

  3. emiryo

    I guess they’re like the Christian movement back then, coming to enlighten, convert and civilized you ppl and at the same time rob your land.
    But they don’t have superior firearm…
    Neither is this the 18th century…
    They’re here as immigrants… a foreigner who wish to be part of the system, they should follow the system or stay out of it.

  4. mooiness

    emiryo: yeah most ppl who would argue back tend to use the Christian missionaries from the “olden” days but yeah times have changed. And it’s not as if they don’t have a choice of other countries to go to. If you choose a Western country, then don’t kpkb lah!


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