To fix a problem, first you must admit there is one


And on the face of it, this looks like a tentative step in the right direction.

HOMEGROWN Muslim radicals are like “ill” patients in need of guidance and whose extremism is often fuelled by examples of injustice abroad such as the simmering conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
Australia’s new Grand Mufti, Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, said young Muslims who were in the orbit of extremist preachers must be “corrected”.

Speaking just days after his appointment, Dr Mohamed said homegrown radicalisation, considered by security agencies to be the most serious terror threat confronting the community, was the result of a distorted view of Islam.

“Our duty is to clarify those matters,” Dr Mohamed said through an interpreter.

“An extremist is like an ill person, an unhealthy person. You need to cure him and find the right cure for him more than just to destroy him and finish him off.”

This sounds like we won’t have to endure any more “uncovered meat” analogies and perhaps, if we’re lucky, no more Keysar Trads claiming the most ridiculous, harmful, divisive statements were simply taken out of context and or that we are somehow racists or whatever for simply voicing genuine concerns from time to time.

UPDATE

(via comments)

Well, yeah, the operative word is “tentative”, isn’t it. He goes on later through an interpreter and tries to convince us that sharia law is all sunshine and lollipops and actually not that different to the legal system we have in place now, which of course begs the question: if it’s so similar, then why are you bothering to push for it? Why not respect and follow the laws of the country you or your parents decided to move to (since apparently it’s a better place).

A separate legal system only serves to divide the peoples of a nation. Plus, first it’s sharia, and then what? Next it’ll be this or that and we all know they won’t be happy until the whole place is just like “back home”, which makes you wonder why they came to Australia at all if not part of a grand plan for a global Islamic caliphate.

It’s absurd to argue you came to Australia for a better life, and then in the next breath demand and/or suggest changes to make Australia more like the hell hole you left.

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    • J.M. Heinrichs
    • September 20th, 2011

    “… fuelled by examples of injustice …”
    That would be Strike One, so I don’t think he’ll be doing too well. Keep in mind that the Saudis have be pushing this retaining concept since 2004 or so, with some rather spectacular ‘lack of successes’.

    Cheers

    • Well, yeah, the operative word is “tentative”, isn’t it. He goes on later through an interpreter and tries to convince us that sharia law is all sunshine and lollipops and actually not that different to the legal system we have in place now, which of course begs the question: if it’s so similar, then why are you bothering to push for it? Why not respect and follow the laws of the country you or your parents decided to move to (since apparently it’s a better place).

      A separate legal system only serves to divide the peoples of a nation. Plus, first it’s sharia, and then what? Next it’ll be this or that and we all know they won’t be happy until the whole place is just like “back home”, which makes you wonder why they came to Australia at all if not part of a grand plan for a global Islamic caliphate.

      It’s absurd to argue you came to Australia for a better life, and then in the next breathe demand and/or suggest changes to make Australia more like the hell hole you left.

        • J.M. Heinrichs
        • September 20th, 2011

        My point is that this has been run for several years by the Saudis, and they have failed. Buddy who showed up for a royal consultation with a modified cell phone inside his bunghole was a grad of this program.

        Cheers

    • Winston Smith
    • September 20th, 2011

    Doesn’t matter. It’s not worth talking to these people any more, bingbing. We’ve worked out what the agenda is – the ‘Caliphate’, and talking to them works in their favour, not ours.
    Time to work out whose side we’re on, and prepare.

      • The Wizard of WOZ
      • September 21st, 2011

      Depending on how you choose to interpret the meaning, perhaps this is what those who are preparing for the zombie apocalypse are on about.

      Sever the head or destroy the brain. Sound advice.

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