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Could this be Australia's Sarah Palin?
Stephanie Banister, a 27-year-old politician running for a seat in the Parliament of Australia, got a number of crucial facts about religion horribly wrong during a video interview with Australia's Channel 7 News.
"I don't oppose Islam as a country," Banister, who is running in the Queensland electoral district of Rankin, said in an interview Wednesday night. "But I do feel that their laws should not be welcome here in Australia."
"Less than two percent of Australians follow haram," Banister told Channel 7 reporter Erin Edwards, apparently meaning to say "the Quran" instead of "haram," a word that means "forbidden" in Arabic.
Banister also wants halal food banned in Australia, Channel 7 reports. But kosher food is apparently fine, she said.
"Jews aren't under haram," Banister explained. "They have their own religion, which follows Jesus Christ." (Jews do not follow the teachings of Jesus.)
Banister told Australia's Fairfax Media that she had corrected herself many times during the interview but that her corrections were edited out. ''Unfortunately, they've completely twisted all my words and made me out to be a stand-up criminal and a stupid moron,'' she said.
One Nation, the far-right Australian political party for which Banister is running, says on its website that it intends to restrict immigration and "abolish multi-racialism," which it claims is "destroy[ing] Australian culture."
The Channel 7 interview is reminiscent of the now-infamous 2008 interview with Katie Couric and Sarah Palin, who at the time was the Republican candidate for vice president in the U.S. presidential election. Palin was unable to name a single newspaper she read and cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as an example of her foreign policy credentials.