Remember When Australian Journalists Thought This Phrase, “Death Cult” Was Contemptible?

Posted on Sat 11/28/2015 by


Bolt New 01By Andrew Bolt ~

Praise for a phrase:

FlagOfIslamicStateOfIraq_2013-09-20-153ccb4dIt may have been François Hollande’s finest hour. In a 16-minute speech at Les Invalides today – written while jetting around the world – he achieved something that he has rarely achieved in his three years in the Elysée Palace. He spoke for the nation.

“A horde of murderers killed 130 of our people…,” Mr Hollande said. “They have a cult of death but we… we have love – the love of life.”

A common expression now, because it is true:

The world is uniting in a bid to destroy the “evil death cult” of the Islamic State (Isis) after the terrorist attacks on Paris, David Cameron has declared. The British prime minister, speaking alongside President François Hollande in Paris on 23 November, also said that the UK would do all that it can to help assist France’s attacks on the jihadists in Syria.

Obama uses the phrase:

President Obama on Thursday described ISIS as a “brutal, vicious death cult” …

British novelist Ian McEwan endorses the phrase:

The death cult’s bullets and bombs will come again, here or somewhere else, we can be sure.

Journalists here in Australia should ask themselves why they thought the phrase was so contemptible when it was used by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott:

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

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