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RESPECT CREATES A BETTER COMMUNITY

 

There is a lot of hypocrisy gong on in the mainstream media and from politicians in the wake of the white supremacist terrorist attack on two Christchurch mosques.

Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon to play the blame game about irresponsible social media without taken responsibility for their own contributions.

Mainstream media has moved so far right that it is not funny, with the West Australian newspaper becoming the mouthpiece for the Liberal/National Federal government and right-wing  columns by  Andrew Bolt, Paul Murray, Gemma Tognini and others.

Federal politicians have been engaging in fear mongering about Muslims and refugees, while the ultimate hypocrites must be Sunrise which puts Pauline Hanson on a weekly panel to sprout her racist nonsense, but suddenly attack her for those views after the Christchurch massacre.

There is no doubt though that social media has created a terribly negative community conversation that spreads hatred, ignorance, racism, innuendo, conspiracy and name-calling and where all respect for people with a different view point has disappeared, and that also happens on a local level here in Fremantle.

I want to believe that Australia is better than that! I want to believe that we are still the fair-go and tolerant multicultural country, where every law abiding person from all over the world can make a new home and where we welcome those who need a safe haven away from war, violence and abuse.

But we all need to be more aware of what we are writing on social media and try not to engage so dismissively and angrily when we don’t agree with posts of others, and the mainstream media needs to start to be more considerate and respectful as well and understand how damaging sensationalist reporting can be to individuals. The Jesse Hogan story of the Fremantle Dockers is such a case. This young man does have a mental health issue and he does not need to be humiliated in the media for that. Leave him alone and let him heal!

We should all take a lesson from New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. What empathy and compassion, what dignity, strength and integrity, and what outstanding leadership!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE SHOWS RESPECT FOR CHRISTCHURCH VICTIMS OF TERRORISM

Posted in city of fremantle, community, crime, islam, terrorism, Uncategorized by freoview on March 16, 2019

 

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The Australian flag is flown half mast today on the Fremantle Townhall to show our community’s respect for the victims of yesterday’s mindless violent terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, where 49 decent law-abiding citizens young and old were gunned down and died and many others injured.

I feel very shocked and have a sense of deep sorrow, but also anger that these terrorist attacks keep happening. I cried last night for the victims, as I have cried in the past for all the other victims of terrorism.

Hate and racism have no place in our society and violence never is the solution.

Roel Loopers

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INTOLERANCE IS NOT SUPERIORITY

Posted in fremantle, terrorism by freoview on January 10, 2015

I have been wondering for a long time what it is that makes so many people believe they are superior to others. My thoughts have been going there for years. Why are people racist, why do people believe their god, their culture, their skin tone is superior? And it does not stop there because it happens in schools and in the workplace and on our roads. People become bullies because they believe they are superior to others, they kill because they believe their religion and their god are superior and that they should punish those inferiors who dare to believe in a different god and who have a different culture

The West Australian reports today about an increase in road accidents involving cyclists, who end up badly hurt under trucks and four-wheel drives, mainly because motorists believe they are superior to other road users. It’s not often ones sees a car give way to pedestrians when rounding a corner, although that is a requirement.

Religious zealots around the world believe they have a god-given right to kill people and kids believe it is okay to defame and humiliate other children on social media, because society is becoming more righteous and selfish. The ME society is more about ego than about sharing and tolerance. Lack of respect for others makes people feel superior and hence they don’t care about the consequences of their actions. Killing an ‘infidel’ or a cyclist is no big deal for those whose arrogance is disproportionate to their intelligence. Inconsiderate speeding hoons terrorise our roads daily while religious terrorists go on rampages to prove points their prophets have never made.

What we don’t seem to understand is that we are all just ripples in the big pond of life and that our self-importance is basically silly. Life is like a market with many stalls and there would not be a market if there were only one single stall, run by someone with a big over-inflated ego. It is a very simple message really, but one that many people don’t seem to get.

Share and care, show empathy instead of judgment, show love not hate, embrace and don’t reject. Have enough confidence to respect other gods and cultures because it won’t diminish the importance of your god and your belief. Your car does not make you the owner of the roads or superior to cyclists, so slow down, give way, take care, and show that you care!

The world is a grandiose place of immense beauty and there is enough of it for all of us to share, no matter what we look like or believe in. Let’s go out there each and every day and show that we care and that we value the lives of everyone.

Je suis Charlie. R.I.P.

Roel Loopers

WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER SYDNEY

Posted in fremantle, religion, sydney, terrorism by freoview on December 16, 2014

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It is incredibly sad what happened at the Lindt Cafe in Sydney last night, but this is the time for Australia to reflect, embrace and support, not condemn or judge. This is a time to delight about the freedom and peace in this country and the great acceptance and tolerance we have shown to all who come here. This is not a time to reject minority groups because of their culture or religion and it is essential to acknowledge that the crazy actions of a misguided individual are just that and not a reflection on any religious groups.

The Twitter action #illridewithyou is a fantastic example of how we can show intolerant fanatics that Australia will not accept their attitude and that we will not react with racism. Today is a day where we all should smile at and say hello to a Muslim person on the street. It is also a day to realise we cannot take life for granted and where we should make sure to tell the ones we care for that we love them, because even only going to work or a cafe can mean one will not return.

I feel deeply for the families of the victims and I feel for the police people who will also have to live with the trauma. There are many victims after terrorist events like the one in Sydney, so let’s show support and understanding.

Today is a day where we should all be so grateful that we live in the lucky country, a country of freedom, hope and prosperity, a country where we stick together when things get tough and where tolerance will defeat zealousness.

It will be hard to simply continue with life, even here in Fremantle, some 4000 kilometres away from Sydney, because what happened has touched us all, but life goes on and we need to move forward from here. We are all in this together.

Roel Loopers

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MALALA WINS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

Malala Yousafzai

This is not a Fremantle story but it is one many of us cried about. MALALA YOUSAFZAY, who was shot in the head by the Taliban because she spoke out about education for girls in her country, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Kailash Satyarthi.

They were awarded the prestigious prize “For their struggle against surpression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”

It is a reminder to all of us that “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”

I believe it is our duty in Australia to engage in the privilege of the democratic process and to stand up for minority groups and social justice.

Roel Loopers

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