Even the devil may quote scripture

You want to see quite a bit of hyperbole, try this on for size:

The case of Sri Lankan asylum­ ­applicants Nadesalingam Murugappan, his wife Kokilapath­mapriya Nadarasa and their two children is the public policy ­dilemma from hell.

And what’s the issue that is so hard to resolve?

The adults separately came to Australia illegally in 2012 and 2013, claimed asylum, had those claims rejected and have exhausted every avenue of appeal.

In the meantime, they married, had two kids born in Australia, got jobs in a rural town and are loved by their community. Australia would be better off with this ­family, and they would be better off here.

Their supporters make much of the Christian case for exercising compassion to them: whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.

Yet Scott Morrison forcefully, directly, powerfully made the moral as well as policy case for ­returning them to Sri Lanka.

Apparently because these are model citizens with nice children, we should throw our laws overboard and let them stay. We just yesterday turned back the sixth boat of illegal migrants from Sri Lanka so there is even more reason for making this policy stick.

But what makes this story even more disgusting are the arguments that are being used against Scott Morrison – who I am growing to like more and more with each decision he has made: Attack on Morrison’s faith splits Labor.

Opposition home affairs spokeswoman Kristina Keneally and agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon stepped up their calls for Mr Morrison to “show Christian leadership” and intervene in the case, arguing that he had put his faith in the public sphere.

Well, I remember the last time Ms Keneally was in the news showing her minuscule moral leadership ability: Keneally wants Australia to refuse visa for Raheem Kassam.

This was because of his wishing to come to the CPAC meeting last month in Sydney where Keneally, because of this, became the butt end of every joke made by virtually ever speaker. Get to the final para of the story where you find this:

“Ms Keneally went so far as to describe the CPAC event as a ‘talkfest of hate’, a ludicrous accusation that merely makes use of the kind of language that is used to shut down healthy debate – a fundamental component of a liberal democracy and a free society.”

Raheem, who made it despite Ms Keneally’s best efforts, described the problems that would have followed him all of his life had a visa been refused, since forever after he would have had to tick yes on every application where it asked, have you ever been refused a visa? We thus have this self-appointed moral giant wishing to visit serious harm on someone else for massively insufficient reasons. So again quoting: from here.

Labor’s use of Scott Morrison’s Christianity in a political attack over the deportation of a Sri Lankan­ Tamil family has triggered divisions within the ALP, as federal parliament prepares to debat­e the repeal of the medivac bill and religious freedom.

Christian Labor MPs distanced themselves yesterday from two of their frontbench colleagues who demanded the Prime Minister act on his religious beliefs and allow the Tamil family to remain in Australia­ despite being found not to be genuine refugees.

In this regard I might just mention my own visa experience, which came about because of changes to Australian laws. Since until 1975, which was when I arrived, we Commonwealth members just had to show up and gain admittance. But then from January 1 that year, you had to have a migrant visa which was not all that easy to get – for me, two interviews with the High Commission in Canada, which included a university professor to assess my economic qualifications. After I had arrived, and as told to me by an English mate who came around the same time, there were thousands of English sunning themselves on Bali waiting to cross over on December 31 when, on Christmas Eve, Hurricane Tracy devastated Darwin. Wanna know how many of those English made it into Australia after that. Well, I can tell you the exact number. Not a single one. And that was when Whitlam was Prime Minister, a Labor PM, Ms Keneally.

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28 Responses to Even the devil may quote scripture

  1. C.L.

    In the meantime, they married, had two kids born in Australia …

    Which they did precisely to make themselves irremovable.
    Good comparison with Raheem Kassam. Keneally was quite prepared to destroy his life as an international man of commentary and letters.

  2. Buccaneer

    I have yet to notice Jodi McKay asking for KK to be removed from the ALP. Given KK has been at the centre of NSW labor during the time of all the corruption one might think that her presence only adds to the spectacle that nothing will change. That’s because nothing will change, they’re all up to their necks in it. KK doing the only thing she knows, playing the man and not the ball.

  3. mh

    Maybe we should only consider Christian refugees from Sri Lanka, not Tamils.

    Christians are the ones being blown to kingdom come over there.

  4. Karabar

    Do you think this blonde bimbo KK has any idea how foolish she is?

  5. John A

    Christian Labor MPs distanced themselves yesterday from two of their frontbench colleagues who demanded the Prime Minister act on his religious beliefs and allow the Tamil family to remain in Australia­ despite being found not to be genuine refugees.

    Oh, so it happens to be OK with the regressives at the moment to have a PM act on his RELIGIOUS beliefs, whereas previously he would have been “playing the Christian card” to have done so, eh?

  6. Tim Neilson

    We need to get squatters to occupy the ALP bigwigs’ beach houses and ski lodges. If the squatters get on well with the neighbours, clearly they ought to be allowed to stay there.
    Especially if they pump out a rugrat while in residence.

  7. nb

    ‘We just yesterday turned back the sixth boat of illegal migrants from Sri Lanka’
    Sure, sure, but we asked them whether they were nice or not, and they answered no. It’s the niceness clause in the legislation. My understanding is that the ALP will be attaching the niceness clause to all legislation, and even introducing it to common law, so we no longer have serious miscarriages of justice where nice people, for some reason, are required to obey the law. It’s time.

  8. David Brewer

    The question for KK is whether she believes in the rule of law. She cannot pretend to do so yet keep asking Ministers to overturn what the law would normally provide.

    Blocking entry of people you don’t like, and granting residence to people you do like, makes a mockery of immigration law.

    In this case, the two Tamils might be nice people but they entered illegally, were rejected straight off, and have only become upstanding members of the community by refusing to piss off when told to do so. And their court appeals have cost the taxpayer a fortune. If they were rewarded with residence, it would an open invitation to anyone to barge in to Australia, sink roots here as fast as possible, and then appeal to ministers’ “Christian charity” to be allowed to remain.

    And BTW didn’t I read somewhere that the father has already been back to Sri Lanka – from which he was supposedly fleeing as a refugee – since his arrival here? If he were now allowed to stay, no doubt we’d soon have a half a village worth of family reunion claims on top.

  9. Leo G

    Maybe we should only consider Christian refugees from Sri Lanka, not Tamils.

    About 20% of Sri Lanka’s Tamils are also Christians.

  10. Buccaneer

    KK was backed by Eddie Obeid, Joe Tripodi and Ian Mac Donald. I think that indicates how much she respects the rule of law.

  11. mh

    About 20% of Sri Lanka’s Tamils are also Christians.

    Thanks, Leo.

  12. Roger

    Maybe we should only consider Christian refugees from Sri Lanka, not Tamils.

    ?

    Christianity is a religion.

    Tamil is an ethnicity.

  13. Lee

    I am sick and tired of migrants, legal and otherwise (and that includes a member and later premier of probably the most corrupt government in recent Australian history) coming here and telling us how to run the country, and who cannot (Raheem Kassam, Milo Y, etc.) come here as visitors, and how “racist” we are (why come here then?).

  14. Lee

    Christian Labor MPs distanced themselves yesterday from two of their frontbench colleagues who demanded the Prime Minister act on his religious beliefs and allow the Tamil family to remain in Australia­ despite being found not to be genuine refugees.

    Oh, so it happens to be OK with the regressives at the moment to have a PM act on his RELIGIOUS beliefs, whereas previously he would have been “playing the Christian card” to have done so, eh?

    If a churchgoing PM – Tony Abbott or Scott Morrison, for example – acted on his orthodox Christian beliefs re homosexuality and SSM – leftists like KK would be absolutely apoplectic.

  15. mh

    Roger,

    Tamils claim refugee status because they claim they are persecuted due to being ethnically Tamil. That conflict is well and truly over.

    Christians are now the most persecuted, and that is due to them being Christian. Witness the slaughter across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday courtesy of the RoP.

  16. Roger

    OK, I see where you are coming from, mh.

  17. Win

    And it was Whitlam Ms Canadian migrant Keneally,who threw out an English migrant .Some one who had started a profitable business and employed people . The Labor party policies and spite seem to work in tandem who ever the Prime Minister.

  18. John Stankevicius

    Everyone’s hero Gough – those bastard bolts , what did he say about the Vietnamese. Immigration took a big turn from then onwards.

  19. David Brewer

    KK and the bleeding hearts might also remember that, even assuming deportation goes ahead, there is no actual punishment involved separate from restoring the status quo ante. Couple came here illegally. Couple gets sent back where they came from. They get no penalty for breaking the law in the first place. Nor do they pay back the hundreds of thousands or perhaps millions of dollars that they cost us in legal bills, social support, apprehension, detention and deportation.

    Sure, they would be better off here. And if we started the clock from today, maybe they are a marginal benefit to their local community. But it would be many years before their taxes paid off what their actions have cost already. And failing to deport them would invite innumerable others to try the same trick, costing us billions and resulting in deaths at sea, revival of the people-smuggling trade etc. This isn’t just theory, we have seen it happen already, big time, twice in the last 15 years. Why does the media not force KK to confront the obvious and inevitable consequences of her cynical virtue-signalling?

  20. notafan

    Nb

    Exactly.

    People tend to be nice if they want something.

    Reading the court decisions I suspect neither were very truthful and considering how much they have cost the Australian taxpayer so far they will never ever be net contributors.

    Mrs lived in India for 12 years before hopping on a boat to Australia and Mr went back and forth to jobs in the ME during the civil war and clearly was not involved with the LTTE as he claimed.

    And we all know darn well the moment they got PR they’d be on a plane to sri Lanka to visit the rellies.

    There is nothing unChristian about insisting our refugee places be reserved for actual refugees.

  21. HP

    Indeed, the devil does quote scripture – in Matthew 4:6 – during the 40 days in the wilderness. Interestingly, the devil uses the bible quotes tempting Jesus into sin – as a test of Jesus’ faith.

    The Prince of Lies has lots in common with the Left, judging from their slimy attempts to appeal to religious virtue as means to bring people down.

  22. Crossie

    Lee
    #3146984, posted on September 3, 2019 at 6:56 pm
    I am sick and tired of migrants, legal and otherwise (and that includes a member and later premier of probably the most corrupt government in recent Australian history) coming here and telling us how to run the country, and who cannot (Raheem Kassam, Milo Y, etc.) come here as visitors, and how “racist” we are (why come here then?).

    And not just that but KK has no problem in advising the Catholic Church how it should organise it’s theology, abortion is OK but deporting illegal immigrants is unchristian.

    Come to think of it KK married an Australian and had kids so she could stay here, not that much different from the illegals. Is there a possibility of deporting her?

  23. Crossie

    I just realised KK is one of those spouting scripture when it suits her and in light of the headline what does that make her?

  24. iain russell

    Unlike others here I find KK’s story wonderful. It is based on the works of that German philosophical giant I Kant.

  25. Helen

    Steve, your son does that internet book thing, and I have lost the link, can you please provide? My Mum is with me and I would very much like to do this with her.

  26. Colonel Crispin Berka

    the repeal of the medivac bill

    That particular journalist should be reminded they are talking about a medical evacuation, not a medical vacation. It’s spelled medevac. Medevac is an initialism so the ‘e’ of evacuation cannot be skipped.
    Although depending on fuzzy medical standards of refugee eligibility and lax visa enforcement in Australia, perhaps medical vacation is quite close to the truth.

  27. Bad Samaritan

    “He’s a great humanitarian, he’s a great philanthropist
    He knows just where to touch you honey, and how you like to be kissed
    He’ll put both his arms around you
    You can feel the tender touch of the beast
    You know that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace

    Well, the howling wolf will howl tonight, the king snake will crawl
    Trees that’ve stood for a thousand years suddenly will fall
    Want to get married? Do it now
    Tomorrow all activity will cease
    You know that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace

    Somewhere Mama’s weeping for her blue-eyed boy
    She’s holding them little white shoes and that little broken toy
    And he’s following a star
    The same one them three men followed from the East
    I hear that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace”

    Just sayin’…..

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