Muslim hate-conference collapsingÂ (Andrew Bolt)
What was billed as Australia’s biggest Muslim conference -Â allegedly starring a parade of star speakers, including bigots and extremists – is collapsing into farce and claims of deceit.
Razvi talks big, and none of the overseas speakers he claimed in December he had asked is yet listed in the conference schedule.
Confirmed: the rockstarÂ “Imam of Makkah” al Sudai’s Â won’t be coming, but:
Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor said al-SudaisÂ Â would be given “full consideration” should he decide to apply for a visa.
That’s what it is all about, is it not?
The three-day Australian Islamic Peace Conference is billed as the “largest, the biggest and the best-ever Islamic event in the history of Australia” and will kick off this weekend in Melbourne.
Conference organisers, the Islamic Research and Educational Academy, have come under fire for inviting Saudi cleric Abdul Rahman al-Sudais.
Al-Sudais has in the past reportedly called for violent jihad and for the annihilation of Jews. Â (More below the fold)
Meanwhile, the soldiers of allah are in full damage control mode:
Islamic Conference? Never Heard of if!
Imam Kabbah Sheikh Sudais is notÂ comingÂ to Melbourne on IREA Peace Conference in March 2013.Â
Top Islamic scholar ‘unaware’ of event
THE University of Melbourne-based director of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies says he was not aware of a controversial three-day Islamic Peace Conference — billed by organisers as the largest Islamic event held in Australia — until contacted by The Australian yesterday.
Jewish, Christian and interfaith groups have expressed concern about the conference, which will be held at the Melbourne showgrounds this weekend and touts a long list of international guest speakers, including the imam of the Grand Mosque of Mecca, who has called for the annihilation of Jews. Asked whether he found it strange that Australia’s foremost Islamic scholar would be unaware of a three-day Islamic conference expecting more than 20 international guest speakers and an audience of 10,000 in his own city, Abdullah Saeed said it was normal with “such community events” for organisers to invite “those who are closely connected to them, their activities, etc”.
A spokeswoman for Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor confirmed the “Imam of Makkah” has not applied for a visa for entry to Australia.
Flyers note that guests are subject to visa approval. Conference organisers have declined repeated requests for comment from The Australian and other media organisations. Advertised speakers include Australian Abu Hamza, who has ridiculed laws that prohibit rape within marriage, and Assim al-Hakeem, from the United Arab Emirates, who has called for homosexuality to be punished by death and on his website compares gay people to “animals that seek only their sexual satisfaction through their weird ways”.
Two US-based sheiks will give their addresses via video link. They are Yasir Qadhi, who taught the Christmas Day 2009 “underpants bomber” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab at his al-Maghrib institute and refuses to openly condemn militant jihad, and Yusuf Estes, who advised a group of Muslim men on how to deal with disobedient wives, saying: “Roll up a newspaper and give her a crack. Or take a yardstick, something like this, and you can hit.”
Interfaith advocacy group the Jewish Muslim Christian Association said it was concerned about the conference.
“It is our understanding that a number of international speakers invited to present are not supportive of religious freedom and have a history of publicly disrespecting other faith communities and encouraging others to adopt the same position,” said the group’s president, Imam Riad Galil.
Senator Bernardi says other speakers who have been invited to the conference are noted for their support of Osama bin Laden.
“It’s hard for even the stoutest defender of freedom of speech to defend the poison that is peddled by this lot,” he told parliament on Tuesday, adding that a number of speakers were extremists and preachers of hate.
A spokeswomen for Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor said al-Sudais had not yet applied for a visa to visit Australia.
In a letter written to opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison last week, Mr O’Connor said al-Sudais’ character and public statements would be given “full consideration” should he decide to apply for a visa.
Labor backbencher Michael Danby earlier said al-Sudais was unlikely to be granted a visa on character grounds.
“Bigotry spewed out by Saudi extremist preacher Dr al-Sudais was un-Australian,” Mr Danby said in a statement.