Pauline Hanson slams group for anti-Islam church stunt

One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson has distanced herself from an anti-Islam group which disrupted an Anglican church service, and has compared her
Queensland Senator-elect, One Nation's Pauline Hanson, takes questions from the media during a news conference in Brisbane, Monday, July 4, 2016. One Nation is expected to win two Senate seats in Queensland, one in NSW and possibly one in Western Australia. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING

One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson has distanced herself from an anti-Islam group which disrupted an Anglican church service, and has compared her situation to that suffered by the Muslim community after the Lindt cafe siege.

Senator Hanson features in many images on the group’s website and Facebook pages, but she has made a statement that One Nation had no official affiliation with the Party For Freedom, and that it was “uncalled for” to blame her party or herself for the anti-Islam group’s actions.

She said the group’s action was “counterproductive in the serious argument One Nation are calling for. Let’s have a proper debate as a community and leave the satire out of it.”

A statement issued on behalf of One Nation said the party did not condone any violence.

“However if these concerns are not addressed, we believe that there may come a time where there is civil unrest on our streets,” it said.

The party also stated the church was most likely targeted due to its support for refugees and Muslims.

Father Rod Bower, who was giving the service at the time of the incident, had said people were left “deeply traumatised” by the event.

Parishioner Peter Merrick said his wife had to comfort others who were crying. “The average age is about 70. My wife comforted many of the distressed,” Mr Merrick explained.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has also slammed the stunt, saying those involved were “way out of line”.

Mr Shorten told reporters in Brisbane “it seems to me that some of these people don’t seem to like any religion”.

“Imagine gatecrashing a Christian service to make a point about other political points of view,” he said. “I don’t agree with what they did there. This country needs to be tolerant of people’s religious practices and — this group were way out of line staging a protest in a Christian church.”

Share your thoughts below.

  1. Brian Lee  

    Well this is good – at least it goes a fair way towards correcting the misinformation of yesterday’s story!

  2. Diana  

    Contrary to what the media would like everyone to believe, One Nation IS about more than a one-policy party trying to keep Muslims and asylum seekers out of Australia. The idiots who did this insulting prank deserve to be pilloried for it. It has nothing to do with One Nation.

  3. Grace  

    I’m sorry Diana and Brian, but as long as she continues to spout the inflammatory rubbish that comes out of her mouth, groups like this will feel entitled.

    • David Charlton  

      Well how do you explain the inflammatory rubbish and Anti -Australian rhetoric spewing from Muslim clerics encouraging violence against a country because we don’t want their radical views and laws here…

    • Robyn  

      Just like you. Be happy in our muslim country as with attitudes like yours, it will be.

  4. Pamela  

    Pauline can’t be blamed for anything any of her supporters do, just as leaders of any other political party are not blamed for what their supporters do.

    However, this is a media beat-up. Party for Freedom members did not ‘storm’ and ‘traumatise’ as shown in their video:

    Rod Bower is an apologist for moslems, promotes open borders and justifies all their terroristic acts while trying to make those who object as guilty racist islamiphobes!

    I, for one, do not want Australia ending up like Europe!

  5. Grey Nomad  

    🤔 …. Just wondering if and when these leftist A…holes are going to be charged with trespass, disturbing th peace, etc. etc. etc.

  6. Nancy Taylor  

    She should object to her face being used on the Facebook profile for this organisation, if she is not a member of this group. This action was shameful and the participants should be charged with being a public nuisance.

  7. good political ploy if you ask me ,its her attitude over the years that has bread this culture

    • Robyn  

      Really and you want us all to be muslim and your women to have female genital mutilation happen. This culture was bred 1,400 years ago so I think you had better check your history. Have fun being a muslim country.

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