Social media takes off as anti-Islamic group shunned

THEY want to block a new mosque opening in Gladstone, but a group of potential protesters is struggling to find anywhere that will allow them to hold a public meeting on the issue.

As the anti-Islamic Facebook group Stop the Mosque Gladstone tries to block freedom of religion in Queensland, the group's organiser Kim Vuga says the venue issue is breaching the group's freedom of speech.

Should the Stop the Mosque group be allowed to book a public venue?

This poll ended on 01 November 2015.

Yes, free speech is important and venues should accept all groups. - 84%

No, their cause is hateful and venues have the right to deny their services. - 15%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

The group had bookings for a meeting at the Gladstone RSL and Bowls Club and the Rocky Glen but both cancelled.

And now Gladstone is having its say on social media.

Crazystuff from Tannum Sands wrote: "We have witnessed over the last few years how the left talk about free speech but howl down anyone that does not fit their agenda. If people want to talk about building a mosque it's their right just as it is any one's right to talk against having a mosque and not be shut out."

DILLIGAFF from Bundamba wrote: "So one side can have a say but the other side cannot not even find a venue to have their say, so much for the "fair go". No matter if you agree with them or not they have as much right as the other side of the argument to meet and have their say. And if they are a tiny minority as claimed then what is there to fear in letting them have a say."

Kris Ansell wrote: "I think it's great that any person from any race or religion can come to central Queensland and live and have a lifestyle."

Scott Barber wrote: "We all have the right to agree or oppose decisions made in our community. Grow a set and let everyone have their say for and against."

Sandra Hill wrote: "Why don't they just do it at someone's home. Who wants to put their business at risk for some over-the-top activists?"

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