Absorbing Muslims tackles radicalism: PM
Prime Minister John Howard says assimilating new citizens into the Australian community helps tackle the problems of radicalism among a minority of Muslims.
In Tuesday’s budget, Treasurer Peter Costello allocated $461,000 to programs that help Muslim communities integrate into the wider Australian community.
“I think it’s in the interests of everybody,” Mr Howard told Southern Cross Broadcasting.
“There’s every reason to try and assimilate – and I unapologetically use that word ‘assimilate’ – a section of the community, a tiny minority of whose members have caused concern.
“After all, once somebody’s become a citizen of this country the best thing we can do is to absorb them in the mainstream.”
But he denied the measure was about trying to assimilate people’s religious beliefs.
“The reason that religion is used as a descriptor is it’s a small category of radical Muslims that have adopted attitudes that we think are bad for the country and the most sensible thing to do is try and change those attitudes.”
* Allowing the spread of Islam, more mosques and madrassahs and unhindered da’awa (proselytizing) including prison Islam (Prislam) will certainly not help integration or assimilation.
Perhaps Howard should have used the money for a study of how the integration efforts are going in Europe.
France would have been a good start….
Meanwhile, in other news:Â
Taliban makes bombs from Dutch aidÂ
AMSTERDAM - Dutch aid to Afghan civilians is falling into the hands of terrorists. Handsaws and batteries distributed by the Dutch have been used in roadside bombs constructed by Taliban fighters, magazine Elsevier reports this week.
As a result, troops in Uruzgan are being ordered not to distribute any more handsaws or radios. The troops at Kamp Holland have also been instructed not to discard batteries until they are completely empty. A spokesperson for the defence department did not want to confirm these reports on Wednesday.
The director of the military intelligence and security service (MIVD), General Pieter Cobelens, said in Elsevier: “One of the tasks of the MIVD is to warn of the unwanted side effects of the reconstruction mission. But the political and military leadership at the defence department must evaluate whether reconstruction activities should be stopped as a result.”