By Kailas Satyarti | 04/02/2017 06:02:25A few weeks ago, I was asked to speak at the University of Western Sydney’s ‘Killing My Children: How I Became a Christian Activist’, in a room full of Christian students and faculty.
I was one of the guests.
As part of a group of students, we were given a tour of the university’s campus and were introduced to the university administration.
The university was one in which we were taught to think and act as if we had no real say in the affairs of the institution.
At the start of the lecture, I asked a student what she thought about her university, its future and the ‘liberal’ culture of Western Australia.
She had a simple response: I don’t want to see the Western Australia I know anymore.
It was a message I shared with many of my Christian friends in my Christian family.
Christianity in Australia has changed, and I feel it needs to be explained to those who believe in it.
There are those who will insist on seeing it as a threat to their own beliefs, and those who are fearful of their future.
Those who have been following the ‘right wing ideologue movement’ will know this is not the case.
While some people have tried to demonise me and other Christian conservatives as anti-Christian, I have been in contact with many Christian conservatives who have come to understand the importance of what we do here.
One of my students, who asked not to be named, told me the ‘Right Wing Ideologue movement is just a bunch of Christian right-wing extremists, and that’s what we need to fight for in this election.
What we need is an alternative to the Christian right.
They were right.
What I’ve done in the past few years as a Christian conservative is speak out against the intolerant policies of the Christian Right.
This is what I’ve become known for, and it’s what I’m still doing today.
In my personal life, I’m married to an Australian-born Muslim woman who is a proud feminist and advocate for equality for all Australians.
But, for some reason, I do not believe in equality for Christians.
Like many, I believe in the supremacy of Christ over all people.
Many of my peers in the Christian community have been accused of being ‘left-wing’, for opposing multiculturalism and ‘free markets’.
My friend and colleague, Dr Kavin Khare, has been accused by some in the media of being a ‘left wing ideologues’ and ‘anti-Christian’.
When I was a Christian, I believed that the Bible should not be used to justify racism, and was a strong advocate of ‘no tolerance’ for Islamophobia.
However, I also knew that my beliefs did not have to be dictated by ‘the bible’.
I had the opportunity to speak in front of a packed room in Sydney University’s School of Law in 2014, when I criticised the then-Premier John Brumby for his ‘bigoted’ speech in a Sydney Mosque.
When the Australian Human Rights Commission said the government was breaching anti-discrimination laws, I spoke out against it, saying the Prime Minister needed to apologise for his speech.
After the ABC published my comments, the Prime Ministry was contacted by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), who informed me that I had breached anti-hate legislation and was subject to arrest.
A few days later, I received a call from the police.
For weeks, I had been on the run from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), and had been the subject of a lengthy police investigation.
On the morning of February 6, 2015, I arrived at the Westmead Police Station in NSW to meet with my lawyer, David Liddell.
He was the lawyer for my parents, who are both Muslim, and they had called the police in the belief that I was guilty of being an ‘Islamophobe’.
He told me I was under arrest, and he would be in court the next day.
My lawyer, however, told the police that he would not be bringing my case to court, that it was already public knowledge that I did not condone or condone racism, nor did I condone or condemn Islamophobia and discrimination.
Despite his advice, the police decided to press charges against me, and in so doing, I lost my freedom of expression.
Since then, I’ve been accused multiple times of being anti-Islamic, anti-white and anti-gay.
Now, after several months of legal wrangling and more than 200 pages of evidence, I am being accused of the following: Anti-Semitism and racismAnti-Christian hate speechAnti-Muslim discriminationAnti-Zionism, antisemitism and racismIn Australia, we’re not supposed