And the winner of Sunday’s Internets is…
(And I’m pleasantly surprised)… The Islamic Council of Victoria.
After the shameful riots we witnessed in Sydney over the weekend, the ICV has come out strongly condemning them with the added warning not to bring them to Melbourne.
“The ICV is appalled by the riots in Sydney,” spokeswoman Shereen Hassan said.
“While it is abhorrent that individuals should disrespect Prophet Mohammed, it is even more abhorrent that Muslims should defile his peaceful teachings by acting in such a vile manner.
“Inflammatory films or provocative actions such as burning the Koran are … activities by bigots who are the fringe of society. They do not represent the feelings of (most) … non-Muslims towards Muslims.
“These people are best ignored or their offensive and inaccurate ideas countered by rational and factual ones expressed in a peaceful manner, as encouraged by our religion.”
Good stuff, and it certainly beats the bloke holding a sign stating, “Behead those who insult Islam”. I mean, really. Is that really a good look? Did the enraged man holding that sign think Australians and others around the world would look at that and think, “Oh well, maybe Islam isn’t so bad after all”?
Anyway, I hope it all settles down soon. For an entire region of the planet – northern Africa and the middle east – and now Sydney to burst into riotous behavior all over a lame movie that some obscure attention seeker produced is a bit of an overreaction.