ABC Headhunters or just a “Freudian snip?” (Andrew Bolt)
The ABC’s headline:
Reader Alan RM Jones:
We all know how Islamists deal with their enemies, but now the ABC?
We’re told there are too few to worry about, and we’re told there are too many to offend.
I don’t see how a debate on Muslim immigration can be avoided given the figures Sally Neighbour cites:
The figures are in a 2009 report by the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies, Social and Economic Conditions of Australian Muslims: Implications for Social Inclusion.
On the upside, it found that education-wise Muslims are high achievers: 21 per cent of Muslim males have a university degree, compared with 15 per cent of non-Muslims. But this doesn’t translate into financial rewards, apparently because of language barriers, discrimination and non-recognition of qualifications obtained abroad. Unemployment among Muslims is two to four times the rates among other Australians. Twice as many Muslims have no income. Only 15 per cent own their own homes, compared with one-third of other Australians. Twenty-six per cent of Muslim teenagers are unemployed, against 14 per cent of non-Muslims. And, shockingly, 40 per cent of Muslim children live in poverty, almost three times the national average.
The report found Australian Muslims are more vulnerable to multigenerational endemic poverty, “thus making poverty a way of life”. This in turn creates alienation from mainstream society, leading to higher rates of delinquency, crime, imprisonment and potentially resort to religious extremism.
The intrepid mujahedin, gunning down teachers and forcing school closures in the entire province. Later on, they, along with analysts in the West, will complain about the region being poor and underdeveloped, and say it causes jihad. But this is a classic example of jihad causing poverty, and obliterating the means of improving one’s lot in life.Â (Source)
Nor am I particularly reassured by Sheik Hilali’s attempt to placate fears of terrorism attacks from a very small minority of those many more dissaffected:
Lakemba imam Hilali acknowledges the frustration and anger that can potentially breed violent extremism are palpable in his community.
“There are no terrorists in Australia in terms of execution. There are people who have the mindset to commit harm, but no one has the capacity to execute anything. What it is, is just a mindset – just talk and ideas.”
These are all problems we struggle with today. How much more will we struggle in, say, 20 years’ time:
The first is a report published last month by the Washington-based Pew Research Centre’s Forum on Religion and Public Life, The Future of the Global Muslim Population: Projections for 2010-2030. Using figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, it predicts Muslim numbers in Australia will increase by 80 per cent, compared with 18 per cent for the population overall growing from 399,000 at present to 714,000. This is due first to higher reproduction rates – Muslim families typically have four or more children, while other Australians have one or two – and, second, to migration from Muslim majority countries such as Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq and Iran.
The reactions to the projection among Australian Muslim leaders varies from cautious optimism to scepticism and open dismay.
It seems to me that we have entered that space between when we’re told there are too few to worry about, and when we’re told there are too many to offend.