This is astonishing. I know it's Australia, but clearly this is coming to America, because we have seen folks lose their jobs over insulting comments about Islam.
But this? The poor fellow didn't say anything! This is crippling free society. Devastating -- and for what?
No regrets over suspension of Serco man
by Xavier La Canna From AAP
A REFUGEE advocacy group says it is unrepentant after it played a role in getting a worker at a Darwin immigration detention centre suspended for spiteful comments he wrote about Muslims on Facebook.
Victoria Martin-Iverson, from the Refugee Rights Advocacy Network, says she takes no joy in the staff member suspended, but is glad it was brought to public attention.
"I was surprised that someone could have so internalised those viewpoints as to see absolutely nothing wrong, that could have any consequences, in publishing those comments with his own name using links that go back to his own Facebook page," Ms Martin-Iverson said.
"I assure you I take no joy in someone being stupid enough to put their employment at risk, but I am completely unrepentant for bringing this to public attention," she added.
The worker, who was suspended by Serco, the company that runs the detention centres, posted controversial comments last week on the Serco Watch Facebook page.
The man reacted to information about refugee activists' efforts to get Christmas presents to children being detained in Darwin.
"Sad for all the Christian kids! Not sure why an Islamist would want a Christmas present????" the man wrote.
Several hours later he added to his earlier post.
"Maybe you need to come and face these men who teach their children that women have no rights," he said.
"I guess you must think there is nothing wrong with domestic violence," he added.
Serco says it treats the people in its care with dignity.
"A member of Serco Immigration Services staff has been suspended pending the outcome of an internal investigation," a statement from the company said.
"We are committed to treating the people in our care with dignity and respect," Serco said.
AAP has been in contact with the suspended man, who said he was bound by confidentiality not to comment on the matter.
Serco says its staff undertake training that includes cultural awareness, communication skills, human rights and the government's immigration detention values.
Serco Watch is a Facebook page dedicated to investigating the activities of Serco around the world.