MUSLIM leaders have urged Kevin Rudd to revive an Islamic taskforce to advise his fledgling regime on Islam and community-related problems.
Richard Kerbaj/The Australian /hat tip Mullah
Aziza Abdel-Halim yesterday stressed the importance of forming another government-backed Islamic body to shield Australia’s almost 350,000 Muslims from being racially and religiously targeted by opponents of Islam.
The former senior member of Mr Howard’s Muslim advisory board said an Islamic taskforce should also be representative at a state level.
“We’re always targeted, we’re always painted with a black brush and that does not help our young people to really adjust and integrate,” she told The Australian.
* Right: Give us money, mosques, madrassah’s, community centers, welfare, weapons, training: give us a state!
* And may Allah curse the dirty kuffar who oppose our never ending demands!
Dewsbury MP Shahid Malik has said terrorism cannot be defeated by security measures alone and announced a new volunteering scheme to be launched by his Department.
Mr Malik who is the British Minister for International Development was speaking at the Annual Forum of the Alliance of Civilisations in Madrid.
He said: “Extremists take the ideas and beliefs of a peaceful religion and manipulate them to justify appalling acts of violence”.
* Spit. Where did we hear this before?
Jacqui Smith Update:
* Serious fuckwit in charge but not responsible:
LONDON, Jan 20, 2008 (AFP) – Britain’s interior minister Jacqui Smith admitted she would be afraid of walking the streets of London late at night, in an interview in The Sunday Times newspaper.
The home secretary said she would feel unsafe walking around plush districts like Kensington and Chelsea as well as deprived areas like Hackney.
Asked if she would feel safe walking alone after midnight in Hackney, Smith replied: ‘Well, no, but I don’t think I’d ever have done. You know, I would never have done that, at any point in my life.’
Asked why not, she answered: ‘Well, I just don’t think that’s a thing that people do, is it really?’
Smith was then asked whether she would feel unsafe walking around an area like Kensington and Chelsea. She replied: ‘Well, I wouldn’t walk around at midnight and I’m fortunate that I don’t have to do that.’
Following the interview, a worried aide called The Sunday Times to clarify her remarks, saying the wording had not come out as she had intended.
The aide stressed that Smith had recently ‘bought a kebab in Peckham’, one of the British capital’s more deprived areas.
Any woman would feel safe doing so being accompanied by the body guards assigned to the home secretary, The Sunday Times said in its editorial.
‘Home secretaries are supposed to strike fear into the hearts of criminals, not cower behind net curtains,’ the weekly broadsheet said.
‘The home secretary should not just admit that our streets are not safe — she should do something about it.’
A survey by pollsters YouGov in August found that 46 percent of Londoners did not feel safe in their neighbourhoods at night.
A spate of teenage murders in the capital last year led to fears of a knife and gun culture among urban youths.