Barmy Australian politician wants topless bathing banned – because it offends Muslims
CHRISTIAN nutjob Rev Fred Nile MP has stirred up a hornet’s nest by demanding that topless bathing be banned in NSW to protect Sydney’s Muslim and Asian communities.
Reverend Nile is National President of the Christian Democratic Party – a conservative party which appeals to Christians on moral and social issues. Best known for his homophobia, Nile was once National Co-ordinator and NSW Director of the Australian Federation of Festival of Light.
The dummy, er dhimmi, claims that Australia’s reputation as a conservative but culturally inclusive society was at risk of erosion by more liberal overseas visitors.
Our beaches should be a place where no one is offended â€¦ I think it’s important to respect all the different cultures that make up Australia.
Topless women, he added:
Risk raising the ire of Muslim men in particular … I don’t want to have any provocations or disturbances on our public beaches.
According to this report, acting Premier Carmel Tebbutt and the NSW Opposition Leader, Barry O’Farrell, have both said that topless bathing is an issue for local councils, not state governments.
But Nile said he believed most politicians would come around once all the issues were considered.
I think if you survey Australian women you’ll find a lot of women would be uncomfortable if it became the custom [to be] topless at the beach. Australia’s always been a conservative country as far as beachwear goes. Once being topless is accepted as lawful the next question will be why can’t women go totally nude on a public beach and I don’t think Australians want to go down that pathway.
Nile is a vocal opponent of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, which he describes as a “public parade of immorality and blasphemy. He has objected to the “indecency and obscenity in various parts of the Mardi Gras” and stated that it reinforced “the worst stereotypes”.
In 2005, Nile called for the repealing of New South Wales’ anti-vilification laws, partly in response to a ruling by the Equal Opportunity Division of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal which found that two radio hosts had vilified a gay couple. Nile claimed that the Homosexual Vilification Act was being abused to gag free speech. He said:
You make a joke about Baptists, Catholics, the Pope, Irish people… why can’t you make a joke about homosexuals?
Nile is also frequent critic of the Australian Greens.Â He has frequently labelled the Greens as being “anti-family”, “anti-Christian” and “pagan”, citing their opposition to the current practice of opening parliament with daily prayers and support for policies such as the legalisation of same-sex marriage.