February 27, 2006
“Before entering a mosque visitors are asked to take off their shoes,” [Costello] told the Sydney Institute last night. “This is a sign of respect. If you have a strong objection to walking in your socks, don’t enter the mosque.
“Before becoming an Australian you will be asked to subscribe to certain values. If you have strong objections to those values, don’t come to Australia.”
Mr Costello said those who broke the compact should be stripped of citizenship, if another country would take them.
And now in the UK:
Muslims must accept that freedom of speech is central to Britishness and should be preserved even if it offends people, says Sir Trevor Phillips.
The chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) said we should “allow people to offend each other”.
And he suggested that Muslims who wanted a system of Islamic Shariah law should leave the UK.
When the guy in charge of promoting multiculturalism starts talking common values, you’ve got yourself a trend.