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Watch: ‘Australian Sarah Palin’ calls Islam a country

Posted by Angela Nelson, Boston.com Staff  August 11, 2013 10:40 AM

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By Matt Juul/Boston.com Correspondent

Being able to tell the difference between religions and countries can be confusing at times.

Just ask Stephanie Banister, the 27-year-old former One Nation candidate in Australia's parliamentary elections, whose recent gaffe filled interview with 7 News went viral over the weekend.

"I don't oppose Islam as a country," Banister said, "but I do feel that their laws should not be welcome here in Australia."

This head-scratching statement as well as other ridiculous sound bites from the video (embedded above) have earned Banister the moniker of the "Australian Sarah Palin" by commentators from around the world.

Thankfully for the citizens of Australia, though, Banister's political career lasted only a few days as she halted her campaign following fallout from the video interview.

Mobile users unable to see the video, click here.

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