Another bad day for Islam in Australia:
The religious leader has gone to ground since the arrest of the Lebanese man but it is understood Child Abuse Squad detectives leading the investigation have made contact with him…
The president of the local Islamic centre, who declined to be named, said the … mosque was completely unaware of the marriage and was co-operating fully with police.
Ahmad Moussalli, whose Facebook page … boasts he converted more than 30 people prior to his departure to Egypt in late 2012 to “study Arabic”…[,] used Facebook Ârepeatedly to urge supporters to donate money towards his trip, but it is unknown Âwhether those funds helped him travel to Syria to become one of anywhere between 25 and 200 Australians there Âengaged in conflict.
But that’s not the faith that’s heckled at the state-sponsored Adelaide Fringe Festival:
Josh Ladgrove’s one-man show,Â Come Heckle Christ, will feature at the festival later this month despite more than a dozen official complaints…
“The show is just an opportunity for the audience to come along and heckle an idiot – that’s me – for an hour,” he said.
Susan Provan has some [lines] she will not cross. The extensively travelled director of Melbourne’s International Comedy Festival… raised the ire of the Herald Sun’s right-wing columnist Andrew Bolt when she deliberately crossed two American comics off the festival’s invitation list in 2003 after they made derogatory jokes about Muslims. But Provan is unapologetic.
“It worries me, the whole governments’ exacerbation of fear that is going on in the world at the moment, and I think the Muslim community particularly are suffering here,” she says.
The faith that most threatens us physically has long beenÂ protected from ridicule and even proper discussion:
A LEADING children’s publisher has dumped a novel because of political sensitivity over Islamic issues.Scholastic Australia pulled the plug on the Army of the Pure after booksellers and librarians said they would not stock the adventure thriller for younger readers because the “baddie” was a Muslim terrorist…
Let’s review where we now are:
– Newspapers will not publish cartoons of Muhammad for fear of riots…
– Acts that joke about Muslims are banned from the Melbourne Comedy Festival…
– Two Christian pastors who preach at a church seminar about violence and Islam are convicted in Victoria for hate speech [although the judgement was later overturned]..
– SBS destroys a tape of the Mufti of Australia calling suicide bombers “heroes” to stop viewers getting the “wrong” idea.