KRuddish image improvement for Muslims?Â
Hat tip Mullah
* Some of us are still looking for that mystical ‘moderate’ Muslim, while the KRudd government, in typical progressive fashion, storms ahead as the trail blazer of multiculti-diversity engineering:
SPORTING figures, academics and mainstream Muslims will be sought out by the Rudd Government to help recast the overly religious image of Islamic Australia.
A new-look Muslim advisory body is being considered in a bid to help dismantle the stereotypical picture of Islam, despite infighting – fuelled by ideological rivalries and conflicting egos – racking the former government’s board.
And the Rudd Government will also consider reviving the Council for Multicultural Australia – featuring leaders from a cross-section of ethnic backgrounds, including the Jewish and Muslim communities.
* Damn! The Howard government had a least enough sense to move away from that multiculti crap. Now KRudd wants to bring it back…
The previous government abolished the trouble-plagued Muslim advisory board – set up by John Howard after the London terrorist attacks in 2005 – and the multicultural council after their terms ended in 2006.
But Labor is intent on recasting the two bodies, shifting the focus from the spiritual leaders the Howard government courted – at times with disastrous results – to everyday Muslims.
In the Rudd Government’s first statement on Muslims, Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs Laurie Ferguson told The Australian yesterday it was time to tackle the myths surrounding Islam, arguing religious leaders were not representative of the mainstream Muslim community.
“We can’t prescribe how the Islamic community is to organise itself,” Mr Ferguson said. “But we certainly must make sure that the fact there are international tensions and terrorist issues doesn’t kind of stereotype the whole community in Australia.
“A lot of it is about symbolism; it’s about who gets promoted and who gets identified and who gets an option to be seen by Australian society.
“Australia has produced (Muslim) academics, business types, sporting types and it’s often not celebrated enough.”
* Right. What are we doing about the Buddhists, the Hindu’s, the Christians and the Jews then, Laurie? Don’t you think we should start celebrating their achievements before you start throwing more money at the least deserving fringe of society?