as KISS player mouths off on Muslims - 14th May 2004
The Sydney Morning Herald)
KISS bass player Gene Simmons has caused an uproar
among Australia's Muslim community by launching an
attack on Islamic culture while in Melbourne.
lizard-tongued rock god who is touring Australia with
the world's most enduring glam rock band launched
an attack on Muslim extremists during an interview
on Melbourne's 3AW radio - including comments which
were labelled inaccurate.
believes that it's okay to strap bombs on to your
children and send them to paradise and whatever else
and to behead people," he said yesterday.
Israeli-born US musician went on to say Islam was
a "vile culture" that treated women worse
women had to walk behind their men and were not allowed
to be educated or own houses, he said.
dog, however, can walk side by side, your dog is allowed
to have its own dog house... you can send your dog
to school to learn tricks, sit, beg, do all that stuff
- none of the women have that advantage."
went on to say the west was under threat.
is a vile culture and if you think for a second that
it's going to just live in the sands of God's armpit
you've got another thing coming," he said.
want to come and live right where you live and they
think that you're evil."
said the United Nations approach did not work and
the west had to "speak softly and carry a big
radio station today fielded calls from Muslims upset
at the comments, including Australian Muslim of the
year Susan Carland, who said Australian Muslims rejected
extremism and did not fit Simmons' stereotype.
Carland said she had two degrees, was doing her honours
and "certainly do not walk behind my husband".
of the Islamic Council of Victoria Yasser Soliman
said Simmons' comments were "very unfortunate".
very famous obviously and popular and, as a result,
influential," he said.
the entertainment world with the political and religious
world is a minefield."
said Simmons had begun by talking about extremists
but had gone on to vilify the entire Muslim culture.
number of his claims regarding women and what they
are allowed to do and not do are wrong - Islam teaches
the opposite," he said.
had a right to free speech, but this had to be balanced
against the damage done to innocent people, he said.
think it would be good for overseas speakers and commentators
to be given some sort of advice in regards to our
vilification laws here," he said.
leave and go back to where they arrived from, but
they leave behind a big mess that we have to live
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