Popular media personality Sonia Kruger has grabbed attention with her controversial comments on banning Muslims from entering Australia so that she and all other people across the nation would feel safe.
Channel Nine’s Today Extra program discussed a recent article published by News Corp columnist Andrew Bolt, which stated that the reason behind the terror attacks in France was the influx of Muslim immigrants. Host Kruger along with co-hosts David Campbell and Lisa Wilkinson were addressing the issue when the former surprised the other two colleagues by commenting in negative on the matter.
Kruger said that she had a lot of Muslim friends who were peace-loving and beautiful. However, she noted that she agreed with whatever was written in the article. “Personally, I would like to see it (Muslim migration) stop now for Australia,” she said. “I want to feel safe, as all of our citizens do when they go out to celebrate Australia Day, and I’d like to see freedom of speech.”
While addressing the matter in her comment, she also named Japan, which has a low Muslim population proportion. She noted that in Japan, they don’t have to suffer from terror attacks by Islamic groups. Bolt, in his article, targeted the jihadist terrorism that converted France into the “bloodiest battlefield” of Europe. He stated that the reason behind this is the high influx of Muslims into the nation.
“We are fools not to change our own immigration policies to protect ourselves,” Bolt said. Kruger said that according to her, the number of Muslims allowed to enter a country is directly proportional to the number of terrorist attacks.
Campbell, seeing the controversial proceeding of the show, interrupted the discussion and said that he would prefer seeing religious freedom along with freedom of speech. He criticized what Bolt wrote and said that such article breeds hate. When Wilkinson asked Kruger if she desired to see the Australian border closed for Muslims, she had a positive response. She said it was necessary for her as well as other countrymen to feel safe and secure.
Kruger’s comments invited several reactions on social media. Some were positive and called her courageous while some criticized her approach saying it was purely racist.