Politician quits race after saying Jews believe in Jesus, Islam is a countryBy Mason White 1:39 PM August 12, 2013
By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) An aspiring politician quit a race in Queensland, Australia, after saying that Jews believe in Jesus, and that Islam is a country among other laughable things.
Stephanie Banister was widely mocked after her train wreck interview, which has since gone viral and led to Sarah Palin comparisons.
While discussing her views on immigration, she also confused the Arabic word haram, meaning forbidden, with the Koran, and said that Jews follow Jesus.
“I am not opposed to Islam as a country, but I do feel that its laws should not be welcome here in Australia,” Bannister said.
“Less than 2 percent of Australians follow haram. Jews do not follow haram. They have their own religion that follows Jesus Christ,” she also said.
The blunders led to the withdrawal of her candidacy for the nomination of the right-wing nationalist One Nation party, that gave her their “full support.”
“With the television station edited my interview, I looked like a fool,” Banister said in a statement.
“I would like to apologize to the nation, to my friends and my family for any embarrassment this has brought to them,” she also said.
The 27-year-old also faces charges after participating in a campaign of vandalism against Muslims.
She is accused of putting stickers stating: “Caution: Halal food funds terrorism,” on Nestle products at her local Woolworths supermarket.