NSW MLC Fred Nile has had to apologise after the adult son of a Christian Democrat official sent obscene homophobic and anti-Islam emails to a Muslim community activist.
Mal Mac Rae, a heterosexual and former Baptist who converted to Islam, had sought to clarify questions about Nile’s military service, provoking an enraged response from Douglas Darby, son of CDP campaign manager Michael Darby.
The Sydney Morning Herald published anti-Islamic sections from the emails, which referred to Muslims as child molesters and gang rapists, and encouraged Australian Muslims to move to Afghanistan, “where Australians are allowed to shoot you people”.
However, the SMH deemed the homophobic sections of the emails too obscene for its readership.
Homophobic abuse directed at Mac Rae by Darby included:
“You are filled with hate and Leb cock. The only thing you are open to is semen.”
“Fuck off to Afghanistan and have your fantasy of being date-raped by the Afghan police come true.”
“Ignore the Koran and wash the caked-on faeces, semen and blood from your arse with actual soap.”
Despite this Darby claimed in an email, “Islamists are homophobic. I am not”.
The email exchange was cc’ed to around 45 other people including members of the CDP and the Muslim community, leading Nile to issue an apology on behalf of his party.
“I write on behalf of the Christian Democratic Party to sincerely apologise for the appalling emails you have received from Douglas Darby on the 16th and 17th November 2009,” Nile wrote.
“The Christian Democratic Party disassociates itself completely from Douglas Darby’s un-Christian comments, which we totally reject. He is not a member of the CDP.
“We also extend an apology to Mal Mac Rae with whom we continue to disagree, however, no one deserves to be subjected to such language and insult.”
“Fred made the comment that no one deserves the type of abuse I have received,” Mac Rae told the Star.
“I accept this part of his apology. I note, however, that many people in the wider community are vilified in very similar fashion by Fred’s party and party members.
“We don’t see the hand of friendship from the CDP to either the gay community or Islam in reality.”
Mac Rae believes the gay community deserves an apology as well.