University gives the stage to imam Trad to preach a very dangerous resentment
It is reckless beyond belief for the University of Western Sydney to give a platform to an Islamic bigot that the courts have rightly described as “dangerous”.
It is grossly irresponsible for The Age to then report his rabble-rousing speech, likely to inflame dangerous passions and resentments, without any criticism or reference to Trad’s past hate-preaching:
Keysar Trad, founder of the Islamic Friendship Association, told a university forum that his comments may be “dangerous” and “politically incorrect” but they were crucial to understanding why more than 200 Australians have taken up arms in Syria and Iraq.
In a scathing assessment of Australia’s efforts to create a harmonious society, he said constant persecution, hypocritical Australian laws, vitriolic media and repeated invasions in the Middle East were pushing young Muslims “to the margins of society” and driving them to radicalisation.
“Denying the root causes is like applying a Band-Aid to an open wound before cleaning and disinfecting it,” he told an anti-radicalisation forum at the University of Western Sydney on Wednesday night.
Mr Trad, a controversial figure who described himself as a “roving imam”, said he could understand why young Australians were driven to join Islamic State but he tried to convince them it was not the solution…
Mr Trad said Australian Muslims were confronted with “systemic discrimination”, opportunistic political commentary, unemployment and “duplicitous standards” in law enforcement.
“It is hard to argue with a young person who starts to cite all these issues, you can see the fire in their bellies, you in fact feel the same fire yourself,” he said.
“All the above factors compound to different extents the sense of victimisation and alienation amongst youths in general and Muslim youths in particular.”
Paul Murray deals with some of the worst passages of Trad’s lecture, which, we must further note, may well have been a more moderate version – tailored for his university audience – of the pitch Trad gives a Muslim audience:
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