Of course, the media will hype this as isolationism and/or anti-islamic, but it’s more like stripping off the multicultural blinders. At some point, the people of the western world stopped being proud of themselves and their achievements, and that has led to this warped sense of denial.
Screw that. I’m proud to be an American, and apparently Mr. Costello is proud to be an Australian. Good for him, and good for any person of any national origin who immigrates legally, accepts the fact that they are taking on the rights and responsibilities of a citizen of their new country, and lives a productive life as such.
PETER Costello last night condemned “mushy multiculturalism” and told Muslims who could not tolerate others to leave Australia.
The Treasurer said the citizenship pledge of loyalty and respect for law should be a “big flashing warning sign” for those Muslims.
“They are conscious that this is not a trivial event. It is a big decision. Becoming a citizen of another country changes their identity,” he said.
Mr Costello said the citizenship oath tried to capture the essence of what it meant to be an Australian, and the values of loyalty, democratic beliefs, respect for liberties and obeying laws.