Hashtag Jamming and the BBC Manufactured and Totally Contrived “#illridewithyou” Nonsense

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Earlier today, I was going to write some high-concept stuff about the entirely made-up BBC phenomenon of #illridewithyou.

I might still, but probably not tonight.

Rest assured, it’s all crap!

It’s a lie! It’s as manufactured as “The Religion of Peace” and all the other idiotic shibboleths your moral and intellectual superiors tell you to mouth.

You are being sold news and information like it’s soup and soap.

Maybe a little “push back” is in order?

In the light of that spirit, please feel free to tweet the hell out of these pics!

If you have any you would like to add, put them into the comments section.

In the meantime, spend some peaceful meditation on the words of the girl (Tessa Kum) who supposedly originated this hash tag, because she also wrote this:

“I’m learning about hate because I am coming to hate you, white person. You have all the control, all the power, all the privilege, and there is nothing holding you accountable. I hate the double standards and hypocrisy you display, the rank dishonesty of your conduct. I hate that you can harm us, when

we cannot harm you. I hate that you have actually impacted on careers, multiple and not even directly, with your hypocrisy. I hate that you’re so dominant in the publishing industry there’s very few venues I’d consider safe to even submit to now. I hate what you have done to PoC I don’t know. I hate what you have done to PoC I do know. I hate what you have done to me, and I was not involved.”


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Well, technically those four will not be riding with anyone that’s not also crossing the River Styx!


All three compliments of “Yusuf_Al_Kafir”

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Thanks for tanking me up on nightmare fuel!

  • Should add a pic of the Shafia family.

    • Justin

      The most bizarre, the most disgusting, the sickening, the most weird, the most strange, the most sinister, the most repulsive, the most ghastly and the most nauseating is the huge support that Western spineless societies, whether they are Australian or Canadian or others offer to Muslims after an islamic terrorists attack anywhere in the Western world. (Remember the Hamilton muslim-supporting drama after two Canadian soldiers where murdered by islamic terrorists in Canada just a few weeks ago?). This shows me that the Western society has become profoundly and hopelessly STUPID and is absolutely detached from common sense reality. It would BE VERY HIGHLY ADVISABLE for THE WESTERN SOCIETIES to COMMIT ONE MASS SUICIDE OR BECOME SLAVES FOR MUSLIMS.

      • b_marco

        Whasamadda there, tovarich? Markets gotcha down?

      • Blake

        it was staged, they went to the poorest, stupidest, most drug infested area of Hamilton so it was only natural that they would get stupid responses from stupid people.

  • BillyHW

    The Australian media has been particularly shameless.

    • Frau Katze

      They’re hyping it like there’s no tomorrow. It keeps showing in my Google Alerts. Dozens.

      • kkruger71

        I get the feeling from watching the Australian news today they are very much like their Canadian counterparts, they get all giddy and excited when the States and the rest of the world actually pay attention to something that is happening there.

        • Brett_McS

          Indeed. As was noted, Sydney is a very boring city; nothing much ever happens there.

          • Not lately, anyway.

          • Ayatolla Howmany

            You live in Sydney, obviously.

        • JohnB

          You are absolutely correct. Much of the evening news was showing the news reports from other countries.
          It’s broadcast news cultural cringe. It’s not really newsworthy until it’s on NBC or BBC.

  • BillyHW

    This is the Blazingcatfur post of the year.

  • The Infidel

    There are two innocent victims of a murderer who will never ride anywhere ever again. No I will never willingly ride with any muslim, I do not want to be kidnapped, hijacked, beheaded, shot, set on fire, or have acid thrown on me.

    • Rosenmops

      Don’t forget raped.

    • noislam

      don’t forget amputated

  • BillyHW

    I win the internet for today.


    • Drunk_by_Noon


      • Ayatolla Howmany

        Sorry, what does the picture and comment signify?
        Oh, hang on- is this the Chappaquidick Kennedy? If so it’s the least relevant comment on Islam EVER.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Maybe not entirely relevant, but funny.

        • I am sure Billy is very sorry to have displeased you 🙁

          • Ayatolla Howmany

            Not displeased- just a bit puzzled as I’m not American, therefore unsure as to who that person was…

    • ☭ Vladimir Putin ☭

      All of Russia salutes you!

    • Clausewitz

      Giving it too the Muslims and the Democrats in one post. You sir win the Interwebs for the week.

    • Frau Katze

      Very good! Some of the youngsters won’t know who it is or what he did, otherwise, thread winner.

      • One of Jackie O. in the back of the limo in Dallas might also work. Nothing to do with pislam though.

    • LOL! Nasty!

    • Exile1981

      Who is that?

      • Ted Kennedy.

        • Exile1981

          doh, didn’t recognize him without the multiple chins

  • This disgusting act of white shame will assure another attack happens in Australia. The perpetually aggrieved victim-mongers know weakness when they smell it.

  • kkruger71

    Agreed it is a media-made monster, unfortunately the sheep are all over it. Any anti-“Islamaphobia” slactivism hashtag or meme has been getting jumped on since the two attacks in Canada, much like the anti-“homophobia” stuff for the last couple years. Funny thing is, I have both gay and Muslim people on Facebook, and none of them post these things. It is the same white, upper-middle class, never had a real struggle in their life, people that are jumping on these trendy posts.

  • Frau Katze

    How did DB Cooper link the post to Teresa Kum? Just want to make sure I’ve got my facts straight.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      And she’s answering to Tessa in her thread.

      • Frau Katze

        I found the link, at least from one source at Steve Sailer. He’s said he’s guessing, so I left a comment, with a link to Steve’s post (no need to get us involved).

        I simply said she had been tentatively identified as the same person. I noted she sounded rather hateful. No idea who the people she was ranting about are (Steve says they’re from SciFi, not familiar with the area).


        • Drunk_by_Noon
          • Frau Katze

            Yep, that’s where I found it. He blogs there now. I read him regularly, but had got to it today.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            That picture sure looks familiar.

          • Rosenmops

            WTF is that?

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            A 100% match!!!!
            That’s what it is Rosenmops! 😉


            “Not worth as much to you, white person, as your fellow white people.

            I’m learning about hate because I am coming to hate you, white person. You have all the control, all the power, all the privilege, and there is nothing holding you accountable. I hate the double standards and hypocrisy you display, the rank dishonesty of your conduct. I hate that you can harm us, when we cannot harm you. I hate that you have actually impacted on careers, multiple and not even directly, with your hypocrisy. I hate that you’re so dominant in the publishing industry there’s very few venues I’d consider safe to even submit to now. I hate what you have done to PoC I don’t know. I hate what you have done to PoC I do know. I hate what you have done to me, and I was not involved.”


          • Rosenmops

            She sounds crazy as a shit house rat.

          • Just flagged her for hate speech. 😉

          • Frau Katze

            It’s the latest heroine #Illridewithyou. Turns out she’s a hateful bitch. I’ve given the link to Steve Sailer’s article. She IS the same person, found her on Twitter, where she is enjoying her newfound fame. I sent her a Tweet saying she looked (and sounded) like a hateful hag and should change her pic.

            She’s already closed comments on her blog after I left one telling she’d been outed.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            I love you man! 😉

          • Frau Katze

            We can’t let her get away with this. A commenter at Steve’s sad she might trying to fool face recognition software. But that’s easy: don’t show a photo of yourself. I’m a black cat wearing a tie everywhere I go.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Now I know what papers she was reading in college too.

            I don’t know if I want to say how, but it’s totally legal and open source. I will say that much.
            I love the friggin’ Internet! 😉

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            It’s a good look!
            I do other things, since I haven’t worn a tie in over a decade.

          • Sounds like we’ve been taken for a ride.

          • Rosenmops

            She is a mental case.

          • Frau Katze

            Nonsense! She’s the new face of race relations in Australia. Until they find those blog posts or even her Twitter feed. She just radiates hate.

          • A shithouse rat by the look of it.

          • Exile1981

            She is insane, she keeps calling herself a women of color. That only works if they accept that white is a color and usually they don’t. She is trying to make herself out as something she isn’t…. kind of like all the other deluded lefties out their who want to be a victim of some kind. They make up stories about rapes, or hate crimes or it seems now you can be a transracial individual – shes white but inside she’s a green eyed purple people eater,

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            In rooting around her site, she claims to be half white and half Chinese.

          • Exile1981

            Just because you call yourself DBN does not mean your actually drunk by noon of every day of the year.

            In her case not wanting to be white and wanting to be part Chinese does not make it true.

          • “Just because you call yourself DBN does not mean your actually drunk by noon of every day of the year.”

            Well I just assumed he was.

          • Exile1981

            I assumed he was as well but maybe I should have used you as my example;

            Just because your avatar is a can of Veggemite and called Black_Mamba does not make you a either a snake or a can of vegiemite.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Always a safe assumption, my dear!

          • Domo

            Sadly your Vegemite avatar is past its useby date . Unlike Lindt & Sprunglii those the cretins at Mondelez caved to the Islamic racket of Halal certification .

          • Exile1981

            If she want’s to provide rides to Muslim men she needs to learn how to say يرجى التوقف

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            The second picture is actually kind of horrifying, but I think viewing it will be optional.


          • Exile1981

            Her skin has been bleached in the picture DBN posted, but same nutter.

      • Frau Katze

        Pretty sure it’s the same one. Found her on Twitter. What a nasty bitch.


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  • winniec

    “We should all take heed, for ourselves and for those who are with us, so that we may warn all the Muslims who are slipping away into the abyss of apostasy, warn them of the TREACHEROUS CALL OF THE DISBELIEVERS to what they call ‘BROTHERHOOD AND EQUALITY’, warn them of the FALSE CLAIM that religion is for Allah but that nationhood is for the masses.”

    By Muhammad Saeed al-Qahtani
    That means there is only apartheid. Muslims should not share ‘brotherhood’ with disbelievers.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    I’m game!

    Here’s one to get started……

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      You are one twisted puppy “Joey”. 😉

      • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

        Thanks for that, D.B. 🙂

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    How about another?……

    • kkruger71

      I think this one is my favorite.

      • BillyHW

        No it’s not.

        • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

          I hear ya. 😉

          The first time I saw that image I almost fell off my chair, and appropriately saved the file as ‘WTF shirt’.

  • Ho Hum

    BREAKING on Gotnews.com The hostage takers letter to “brother Obama” from 2008!


    • Frau Katze


    • Didn’t Gaydaffi also send a letter to “brother Obola”?

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    So many images in the ‘Islam’ folder.

    Why not have some fun with them?…..

    • kkruger71

      Although an argument could be made for this one.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    What’s a party without ISIS?……….

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    Umm Jihad offers her support as well.

    • Frau Katze

      Are sending them out on Twitter?

      • Yusuf_Al_Kafir


        I have more tweets in the last half hour than I had in the previous 18 months. LOL


        Adding the hashtag to the photo is almost therapeutic.

        It also helps that my TV is on mute and I can’t hear what’s being said on CNN international. 😉

      • Rosenmops

        I saw this on Twitter:

        El Queso del Diablo ‏@WarrenPeas64 5h5 hours ago

        #illridewithyou – well, at least my head will

        • Frau Katze

          You can embed tweets in a Disqus comment. Just enter the link.

    • I wonder how many get killed by falling bullets.

  • Ho Hum

    Just listening to Tony Abbot press conference. Abbot says “ISIL has NOTHING to do with any religion” He goes on to say “I refuse to refer to the death cult as the “Islamic State” and I caution others against using that term”

    • BillyHW

      Islam is the death cult.

    • kkruger71

      I can refuse to call those flying animals with two legs and wings birds, doesn’t mean they will stop shitting on my car.

    • Frau Katze

      OMG. Another so-called conservative pol. I think they’re getting scared by the clear voter discontent in the UK, France and looks like Germany next (also Sweden). Their multikulti dream is falling apart.

    • Brett_McS

      I don’t think any government leader, anywhere, has said straight out that Islam itself is the problem. Really, it’s up to others in a society to do that work and to convince the population of the truth. Politicians aren’t the only leaders in society; they are followers in more ways than not, and that isn’t all that bad a thing.

      Besides which he isn’t actually wrong to say what he did. Religion has nothing to do with much of Islam – in fact the simply religious part is trivial and rather pasted on. Islam is all about power in the secular world.

      • moraywatson

        You are right. In freedom loving societies politics are supposed to be downstream from the culture.

  • Brett_McS

    “Cheap moral preening at its best. #illridewithyou.”

    • Frau Katze

      And she turns out to be a hateful bitch.

  • As I said on twitter this morning #illridewithyou , islamic savages- but only to make sure you aren’t murdering Christians, raping children or running a halal protection racket, etc.

    And particularly offensive is the fact the agitprop fake hashtag was rolled out before the end of the siege- in other words it was an engineered concern troll move to deflect from islam by the lapdog media.

    Cold blooded anti-white anti-anglosphere propaganda.

  • Gary

    Just watch for the fabricated vandalism to Mosques by the Imams at night so they can call 911 that next day and have the brainless media swarm in to video the islamophobia and backlash . The Pickering Mosque that was tied to the hamas linked CAIR-Canada did exactly that as part of Sheema Khan’s crusades to play the victim and force anti-racism training or workshops in schools and Government dept.’s . The Sunni Mosque – also tied to Maher Arar extortion Lawfare for $400 million- was quick to bash white male christians while not one piece of evidence or arrest was made to prove it as a Hate-Crime. How odd that the mosque had the women’s entrance torched , and then the doors smashed in so the library could be messed up , and to add that Victimhood touch to shift the blame the mosque even spray painted Jesus Rules on a wall.
    Nobody in the media found it odd that the mosque custodian just happened to be their at 3:00am to call 911 when he said he smelt the fire , but he didn’t hear the doors being kicked in and windows smashed….hmmmmm , selective hearing.
    It ended up that the fake arson attack was a ruse to by-pass the Zoning laws and Codes so their small mosque could be approved for a rebuild and make it an Mega-Mosque which the Saudi Funding wanted from the start. To their shock , the Politicians didn’t bow to this scam and use sympathy to let them break the Building Codes to have their Mega Mosque.
    CAIR was also linked to a Montreal fabricated attack on a mosque with NO witnesses, CAIR played on the existing hatred for jews which was better than bashing Christians in Quebec and this time the Imam sprayed painted the Star Of David so the Police knew it was those evil Jooooooos.

    It’s pretty sad that the backlash is so rare and minor that the islamic org.’s resort to fabricating islamophobia and hate-crimes that waste the time for the Police that fear not reporting it as a real vandalism because they will be called racists . The 2 sharia/ISIS inspired slaughters in October were said to have NOTHING to do with islam, and yet the Toronto Police assured Imams that backlash attacks would not be tolerated and the Police will be tough on any hate-crimes against muslims.
    Say what??….. the 2 attacks the media and NDP insisted were rooted in a Mental illness and drug addicted unemployed nutcase suddenly prompted the Police to assure imams they would protect their mosque and take anti-muslim hate crimes seriously .

  • bob e

    this gets personal, does it not ?? it hurts me ..

    • Frau Katze

      Not sure what you mean. At first I thought #Illridewithyou sounded very caring. Until I read the hate-filled blog posts of the woman who started it.

      No doubt many who retweeted are in fact decent folks. But not her.

      • bob e

        instead of a poc should be piece o shiite . those tweets or whatever
        they are. are awful, hateful & i ain’t gonna look, think or mention
        them anymore.

  • Xavier
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  • Xavier

    Taliban gunmen attack military-run school in northwest Pakistan

    20 students, 1 security personnel killed in Peshawar school attack, Pakistan hospital official says – @AP


    • Frau Katze

      I’ve got that from a Google alert. Pakistan gets hit almost daily. Most don’t make international news. School attacks usually do.

      • Xavier

        CNN says 80+ dead, mostly children.

  • Michelle

    Well I was going to post here but reading the arrogance below:I don’t think that I will bother IMO the US as an ally have never done Australia any favours, Coral Sea excepted but then you had no choice due to Pearl Harbour.

    • Frau Katze

      This is a Canadian site.

    • Frau Katze

      Some of the above commenters are from the US, but others are from Australia and the UK, all of us bloggers here live in Canada.

    • You just did “post” here, Sheila.

      • Xavier

        Sheila, lol.

      • Mal

        I have a sneaking suspicion, amounting to a conviction, that our “Michelle” is not female, Mamba.

    • b_marco

      I feel so… deprived.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Please, please, please, will you reconsider?
      Just tell me who is arrogant and I promise to have a very strong word with them!
      I love your views on football and just cant get enough of what’s going on with

      • Exile1981


    • The CIA helped get rid of Goof Shitlam. That’s a big plus in my book.

  • Pete_Brewster

    I want to know why Muslims are still allowed use public transport at all. #terrorfreetransit

  • roccolore

    none of the liberal fascists said “I’ll ride with you” to British soldiers after Woolwich, victims of the London subway bombing, or to British girls who were victims of Muslim grooming gangs.

    • I’m pretty sure Jimmy Savile said #Illrapeyoutoo

      • Keith

        He did but once found out there was the typical hue and cry over it. Compare that to the way the Muslim grooming gangs were treated.
        I’m sure they had the #Illrideyoutoo

  • DurkaDurka

    I’m getting this Lord of the Rings feeling again from the West. They hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil if it’s EVIL. If it’s good, it’s knives out. Christians and Jews are target one for these Satanists and Socialist Cowards.

    • Frau Katze

      Yep. Sums it up nicely.

  • WalterBannon

    Suspend the charter for all Muslims under the notwithstanding clause, and then summarily revoke their citizenship and deport them with no rights for due process – hey administrative orders are the new way of governing in democracies according to Obama so lets get cracking.

  • Platopus

    These things show an INTENT that are beyond evil or even beyond acts of war and thus OUR INTENT MUST BE AS GREAT OR GREATER THEN THEIRS.

  • Platopus

    Do we love LOVE enough to kill for it? By kill I mean to kill the KILLERS? Do we love love enough to murder the MURDER MONGERS? do we love love enough to Jihad against the Jihadi’s? Its time to face the real face of this truth – We need to declare ETHICAL WAR = War to prevent a greater harm from occurring.

  • Aan

    For all your hatred, you’re just so powerless against the simple human decency which Tessa has triggered.

    Consider “humanity” sometime. Let go of your preconceptions. Humans are flawed, and that includes Tessa, and so yes, you can find examples of her lashing out in anger at that which weighs on her. But that just means she _also_ needs support and some understanding every so often. And despite that, she just did a most wonderful thing, and turned a feeling of fear and hatred into something amazingly positive for millions of people. If _she_ with all her flaws can do that, consider what _you_ in all your perfection could do. Work toward positive change. Make a difference.

    Unclench. Breathe. There really _can_ be good intentions, and decency. Let go of your anger. Accept. Getting worked up is not solving anything.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      How many innocents must die before YOU “get worked up” Aan?
      Is there a number for you? If so what is it?
      If there is no number of atrocities that move you, then how can your position be anything other than immoral?

    • Tessa is a racist hater. Deal with it.

    • Crash

      But she didn’t do a “wonderful thing”. The person who reported the alleged incident on the train has since admitted that the she fabricated nearly all of the story. Tessa used that lie and fuelled by her racism against white people she started the hashtag to demonise Australians as violent racists. People from whom Muslims need protection just to ride a train. How is that “humanity”?

      Consider this alternative scenario; a woman is sitting on a train and hears that Australian armed forces have struck an ISIS position and killed many ISIS fighters. Or perhaps an Australian newspaper has published a cartoon that has Muslims all upset. As the train approaches a station in an area with a large Muslim population she nervously hides her crucifix inside her blouse. She fears she may be the target of abuse because of her beliefs. I have no doubt that she would be decried as a racist for thinking that all Muslims are dangerous. The scenario is the exact opposite of what supposedly happened the other day, yet the white person is still the racist and the Muslim is still the victim.

      People might be interested in your pleas for decency once we get rid of the lie that paints white people as inherent racists and Muslims as perpetual victims. Until then, all you are doing is peddling self hate as decency and I’m not buying. And I won’t calmly accept it either.

  • Katkat
  • Katkat

    Watch this it’s time to wake up

  • jcd0101

    send all of the videos of isis beheading kids in iraq as well…

  • mark

    Months ago i got onto a bus, walked to the back where i could see empty seats turned slightly and was about to sit in an empty seat when i noticed a muslim woman was in the next one.

    i did not want to sit next to a muslim, and i wanted her to see that … i turned around and sat on the other side of the isle.

    She made a point of staring at me, for a while i stared right back at her, then ignored her and looked ahead, she continued staring at me for some time, maybe expecting I would whither away or something lol.

    I think i might start a, i wont sit near to you personal campaign.

    P.S. I an not on twitter but i did ask if someone would tag, I will ride with you – I can borrow my husbands bomb disposal suit.

  • Gregoryno6

    Spotted on Twitter.

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  • Christopher Mardell

    You guys should actually go and meet some Muslims and hang out and get to know them. From my experience and what I can tell reading this thread, they’re typically much nicer than you lot. Not all of them of course, because there are some scumbugs just like there are in most cultures. But you don’t judge a culture by its scumbags.

    I’m actually appalled that the author would take an idea that is about promoting peace, try to discredit it with nothing short of ad hominem attacks (as if the idea is even *about* Tessa Kum, or she’s some kind of grand leader or such nonsense), then try and co-opt it to promote hatred and mistrust on the basis of childish generalisations and guilt by association.

    Discussions like the ones on this page is why ideas like #illridewithyou take off. Stop being part of the problem.

    • Dear Christopher,

      I do know Muslims and totally agree with you they are very nice people.

      Among them are Professor Salim Mansur who has been labeled an apostate and received death threats for speaking out about the threat Islam poses here in Canada. You can look him up.

      Tessa Kum is a race baiting grievance monger whose #illridewithyou hashtag was based on a lie told by another grievance monger.

      You are part of the problem, the crocodile will not eat you last.

      • He’s in Oz, so happily the crocodile thing isn’t totally out of the question.

      • Christopher Mardell

        With all due respect, as a Canadian (and I’m a big fan of Canada), I don’t believe you really grasp the context in which this phenomenon has occurred. Notwithstanding the dark past of the various blatantly racist government policies and ongoing failings in the wellbeing of many indigenous Australians, a good proportion of Australians have been proud of the country’s ability to embrace different cultures and get along peacefully. Our national anthem even speaks of having boundless plains to share with those who’ve come across the seas. From my experience of Canada, it seems that you guys have done a reasonable job of being inclusive as well.

        With that in mind, the past year has politically been very disheartening to many Australians, including many from the conservative right who voted for the current government and have since rejected them, with the blatant and intentional abuse of asylum seekers (resulting in a number of deaths including suicides), various racist, sexist and otherwise prejudiced comments and policies from the PM and other senior members of government that have inflamed cultural tensions that were barely even an issue before. Onto that backdrop, we have the horrors of ISIS and some police raids in Australia plastered over the news, and the subsequent backlash against innocent Australians who at least appear to be Muslim. Given the mix of cultures in Australia, the majority of those who *look* Muslim happen to be women. And while some have dismissed said backlash as non-existent, it’s not hard to find reports of actual attacks and harassment. The vast majority of Muslim-related violence in Australia has been *against* Muslims, not by them. Many Australians have been wondering what the hell has happened to our country, and why these racists have been dominating our airwaves and public policies – which only serves to make those Muslims who call Australia home feel more ostracised and afraid – and ultimately more likely to move toward extremism.

        Enter a crazy Muslim guy (who clearly should never have been granted asylum and should have been behind bars) with a history of violence, some vague demands and a not-actually-ISIS flag, and in addition to the awful devastation caused by this nut job, which cannot be understated – we also saw further backlashes against Muslims, ( confirmed by police) even while the siege was still happening. Obviously this is the context in which the initial hashtag was created.

        Still reeling with the stress of watching the siege unfold – this is not a common occurrence here – and hearing about how many Muslims were being treated in response to the attack, the idea of #illridewithyou – whether it be an offer on twitter or a free sticker or whatever – offered people a tangible and visible way to say “Screw this violence and abuse, I’m going to be hospitable”, to reclaim some part of the Australia they love – the country that is embracing and welcoming and cares for those who feel alone or afraid. It was never about the two women who kicked it off (and I’ll get to them in a moment) except as a source of inspiration that yes, you can offer to be a friend to a stranger, and make a difference to their day. It was very encouraging, and – judging by my facebook feed – not just to those on the left of the political spectrum (if we’re going to reduce politics and morality down to a simplistic single axis). Judging by some of the reports (including responses by Muslims who were encouraged to take public transport after all), the impact went beyond everyday slacktivism (it did actually involve offering to meet people and help them feel safer) and actually boosted morale and allayed some people’s fears, making what was otherwise a pretty horrifying day to watch unfold that little bit more bearable for those in armchairs at home and a lot more bearable for those who were afraid to travel. It probably didn’t do anything at all for those whose loved ones were in the cafe, but that doesn’t change the fact that *other people were also having a hard time*.

        So while all this is going on, enter yourself and others of similar persuasion, and start ridiculing the idea, and trying to hijack it with images that reinforce the idea that Muslims are violent killers – the very idea that has led a whole bunch of racist Australian idiots to hurl abuse at innocent women (and in one instance linked above, back in September, to assault a woman and throw her off a train). You dig for dirt on the women who kicked it off – as if their character has anything to do with the validity of the idea of being overtly friendly to a frightened stranger. And sure enough, you find a ranty post by one of them, angry about women being doxxed and the prejudice she has been subjected to, in which she bears her soul, warts and all, including an acknowledgement of her own struggle with depression, a statement that she has actually tried to avoid going down the path of hatred, and a confession that she has ended up feeling it anyway. Maybe it wasn’t the most helpful thing to say, especially a couple of months before ending up in the spotlight, but we’ve all said things we regret, and I’ll be damned if that was intended as any kind of incitement. There are multiple ways of responding to such a confession. One is to write the person off as a hater, another is to ask, how did this person end up feeling so alienated? Personally I wouldn’t favour the former, but then again, that response doesn’t suit my political position. So you made it about her, or at least tried to, painting a picture as if a loving action by someone who once expressed their darkest negative emotions in a public context is automatically automatically disqualified. But, although her tweets popped up in lots of news stories, for many Australians, it was never about Tessa Kum. It was about what this country stands for.

        And as for Rachel Jacobs, whom you seem equally eager to slander as a liar, as far as I can tell without any evidence, why would you think it’s untrue, except that it suits your desired narrative? I know plenty of people who made done similar gestures of spontaneous hospitality and received a warm response. I’ve witnessed some myself. There are some pretty nice people in Australia, as there are in Australia.

        This is not about Iraq, or Afghanistan, or some war-ravaged, dictator-crushed country on the other side of the world. And it’s not about Canada or your university friend, or even about Tessa or Rachel. It’s about making a safe place for women regardless of what they choose to wear. And it’s about Australia, and Australians, of various creeds or none, seizing an opportunity to reclaim our identity as a country that welcomes even those with differing views, skin or religion without prejudice, and ensuring that our Muslim neighbours don’t feel alienated or ostracised.

        Say what you like about Canada, even say what you like about specific crimes or prejudices by Muslims, but please do us a favour and keep your sweeping generalisations and inciteful pictures out of Australia and Australia’s business. They’re not welcome here.

        • b_marco

          With all due respect (I read the first sentence and last paragraph of your essay-length comment) you could look to Gary, a fellow countryman for Aussie specific commentary.

        • NickGranite

          The “racists” can look around the world, particularly western Europe and America and project ahead to the end game. It’s not pretty for white or Christian people for that matter unless you happen to be rich enough to flit from place to place ahead of the devastating policies you will certainly leave behind.

    • It’s not “about promoting peace”, it’s about squalid, narcissistic moral preening.

      By the way, I see you going on on another thread about “reprisals against innocent Muslims that resulted from this atrocity”. What would those be? Seriously. I want actual examples. If you don’t provide any it’s because there aren’t any and you are – how you say? – lying.

      What do you see as “the problem”? Vicious Western-world bigotry I suppose.

      And who are you to assume we know/”hang out with” etc.?

    • “Oh, for goodness sake! This is Australia. Muslim women don’t have to cover up, to a large degree they do so voluntarily. Even in Morocco, a Muslim country, it’s voluntary.” (Comment our hero left an hour ago over at Breitbart.)

      Here’s what I think of you, Mr. ultra-politically-correct defender of righteousness. I think you’re a misogynist. You’ve just found a lefty-acceptable way to be one.

      These women “cover up (interesting choice of words) voluntarily” for the most part because they’re risking anything from extreme social shunning to an honour-killing if they don’t. So what I want to know about you is why you think women are inferior and deserve to be relegated to a culture that treats them like garbage and often dresses them like it too.

      Thoughts, Mr. Wonderful?

      • Christopher Mardell

        No need to be rude.

        >These women “cover up (interesting choice of words) voluntarily” for the most part because they’re risking anything from extreme social shunning to an honour-killing if they don’t.

        [citation needed]. This may be true in some places, and where it is, that’s a big problem that needs to change. I’ll be the first to condemn that.

        I’ve spent time with Muslims in Morocco (as well as Australia and Europe), and seen a great variety in women’s clothing – and also discussed the issue with the same people, and been advised that it is a matter of personal choice. Yes, there are countries where it’s not optional (Morocco is on the more moderate side), and I think it’s ridiculous, but it wasn’t so long ago that similar rules applied in certain Christian cultures. You can still see it in parts of the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe.

        > a religion/culture/totalitarian political system which treats them like garbage and often dresses them like it too

        Perhaps for some. But I’ve seen some beautiful, confident muslim women, looking great in their traditional attire, and enjoying how they look. Assuming that women are somehow oppressed because they are dressed according to their religious traditions can quite patronising to those who choose to do so (and yes, I have heard this from the mouths of Muslim women).

        Should women have the right to choose what they wear without fear of violence or social rejection? Absolutely. Do sweeping criticisms of the religion do anything to help these women achieve more freedom with what they can wear? I’m yet to see how.

        To be clear: I don’t like Islam itself, I’m not a big fan of religion in general, and if people want to get out of the shackles that religious bigotry puts on them, all power to them. If they don’t, or for whatever reason they can’t, I don’t want to be the person who’s shouting at them (or about them) and how awful their religion is, because that kind of approach just breeds hatred, resentment, and alienation. I’d rather be friends, and let them choose for themselves.

        • Do you honestly expect anyone to respond to this stuff? It’s five times as long as it needs to be, assuming it needs to be anything, and most of it can be reduced to “multiculturalism is nice” and “I’m not a big fan of religion in general” (Shocka!!!) and “why can’t we all just get along?”

          No. Islam is a political ideology. It is a colonizing ideology. It is utterly alien to us. We need to stop it in our country in its tracks, although I fear in many cases it’s too late. Why don’t you read something serious about this subject? I realize I’m wasting my time here, but you’d do well to start with Bernard Lewis, probably the greatest living Western scholar of Islam. If you bothered to google him you’d probably find him described as “right-wing” or, God help us, “orientalist”, but in fact he takes great pains to stress medieval Muslim achievements and the more irenic parts of Islamic doctrine.

          If you want to think that anyone who disagrees with you is some violent racist then you will. I certainly believe ideologies can be compared and that a serious person needs to make moral distinctions. If that makes me a bigot then by all means call me one.

      • Christopher Mardell

        I’d also like to point out that this whole idea was started on the basis of defending Muslim women from *non-Muslim men*.

    • b_marco

      Maybe you should actually go and meet some Muslims and hang out and get to know them… in Mosul.

      • Christopher Mardell

        Sorry, I thought we were talking about Sydney. Are we judging Sydney people by the actions of people in Iraq now?

        • b_marco

          Oh I thought we were talking islamic jihad. Maybe you’ve heard of it. It’s apparently related to islam and muslims.

          • Christopher Mardell

            I repeat my question: Are we judging Sydney people by the actions of people in Iraq now? Are we dismissing the fact that Australian Muslims have been harassed on the basis that some other, unrelated Muslims on the other side of the world have been violent? Are we tarring said Australian Muslims with the same brush, even when some of them have suffered the loss of their own family members to violence in the Middle East and Africa?

          • b_marco

            Actually I was suggesting you simply go to Mosul and try your hand at interfaith outreach without losing your head.

            An admittedly hateful thing to write, yes. And yet my comment likely won’t cause you to blow up a bus or decapitate someone on youtube in the name of Elton John or whatever deity you follow. See how that works?

          • Which Australian Muslims have been harassed?

    • b_marco

      Ask yourself this: what DO you judge a culture by?

      • Christopher Mardell

        Personally? Firstly, how well it looks after its most disadvantaged (including those of other cultures); secondly, how contented and fulfilled its people feel; thirdly, by the contribution that it makes to the world beyond fulfilling its own needs.

        • b_marco

          Ok, and by those criteria how do islamic countries stack up? I’m referring specifically to nations where the majority of the population self identifies as muslim.

          • Christopher Mardell

            As far as gender equality goes, on average (and talking averages is dangerous), pretty bad. Beyond that, I’m not going to make sweeping generalisations without actual data. But I will say that such things also need to be measured with consideration to the historical context, because war and political instability tend to undermine them all.

            In any case, #illridewithyou is not about Muslims in developing Muslim countries, so why do you insist on making it about that?

          • b_marco

            Hey, aren’t we in postmodern utopia here? Isn’t everything relative and dependent on context and perspective? Can’t I insist on making things about whatever I want them to be about? Did you see that jpeg I made earlier? It was a guy (ok.. you) in a dory dodging a crocodile with #illridewithyou stenciled in.