It seems that a lot of Australians are frightened of Muslims.  this Islamophobia has been whipped up by politicians who ought to know better.

It is terrifying to see just how frightened people can react.  One Australian has been writing to me relentlessly urging that we establish concentration camps for Muslims!

Yes: concentration camps.  Here is a portion of a recent email from this person:

“What is wrong with Concentration Camps? They were good enough for a former Australian Prime Minister – Billy Hughes.

It is fantastic that of-shore Concentration Camps have been established to protect Australia from the Muslim Invasion.

More should be established on the Mainland to house Muslims that have been allowed into Australia and who pose a threat to the safety of other Australians.

Cicero would have fully supported Concentration Camps to protect the safety of the people. …”

I can do no better than quote something Helen Razer wrote:

“In a post earlier today that linked to an article written by me I incorrectly identified those who disdain Islam as “racist”.  I am sorry  about this. As you so deftly and cleverly remind me, “Islam is not a race”. You are, therefore, not a racist.

I didn’t mean to call you a racist.

I meant to call you – how can I put this? – history’s worst reflex.

I meant to call you the frail and fearful idiot who learned nothing of the lessons of 1933.

I meant to call you the descendent of Nazism.

I meant, much more kindly, to say that your belief that a little cultural difference is responsible for all the shit in your life is a product of an under-informed mind and an ugly spirit. …”

The idea that any person in the early 21st century could call for concentration camps is so shocking as to defy belief.  But the person who emailed me has sent me many emails in recent months arguing, repeatedly, that concentration camps for Muslims would be a good idea.  I prefer not to ask his attitude to Hitler, Nazism and anti-Semitism.