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‘Australia’s Sarah Palin’ Quits Race over Islam Gaffe (Video)

She still supports Jewish people, because they believe in Jesus.
Stephanie Banister, 27, Australian politician, not well versed in current events.

Stephanie Banister, 27, Australian politician, not well versed in current events.

Stephanie Banister, 27, a candidate for Australia’s anti-immigration One Nation party, dropped out of the election race on Saturday, after an interview in which she referred to Islam as a country.

“I don’t oppose Islam as a country, but I do feel that their laws should not be welcome here in Australia,” Banister said in a Wednesday interview to the Seven Network. The interview went viral in short order, endowing Banister with the nickname “Australia’s Sarah Palin.”

She went on to tell the riveted—if somewhat horrified—masses that only two percent of Australians follow the “haram” – referring to the Koran – and then voiced her enthusiastic support for kosher food for Jewish people, because “Jews aren’t under haram. They have their own religion which follows Jesus Christ.”

Bet you didn’t know.

On Saturday, Banister withdrew her candidacy for the September 7 election, which she was contesting for anti-immigration zealot Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party in Queensland.

Party leader Jim Savage insisted the resignation came not over IQ issues and her a lack of familiarity with current events, but because of Islamic persecution: “Due to the threats against Stephanie’s family, herself, her children, the abuse she’s copped and the enormous pressure she’s been put under, Stephanie has decided she wants to withdraw from the candidacy for the seat of Rankin,” Savage said.

Fear of persecution appears to be a running theme in One nation. In 1997, founder Pauline Hanson recorded a video which was to be screened to One Nation members and supporters in the event of her assassination.


About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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5 Responses to “‘Australia’s Sarah Palin’ Quits Race over Islam Gaffe (Video)”

  1. Moishe Sachs says:

    Far more accurately, this ignoramus is Australia's Nancy Pelosi.

  2. That's the outcome of today's education system.

  3. This unfortunate is no Sarah Palin, who is actually quite sharp. Roseanne Roseannadana or Babbage Wawwa is more like it

  4. Well it is an Australian speaking. It must be a prerequisite for Oz One members (thick AND stupid). To say Stephanie Banister is as "thick as 2 short planks", would be an insult to short planks.

  5. You meant Austalia's Joe Biden, right?

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