This kind of Muslim leadership could destroy us
You might get the impression that many Muslim leaders are treating our police as the real enemy in this battle against Islamist terrorism.
Whatever the truth of their motivation, such leadership is grotesquely irresponsible and another disturbing sign that Islam may be incompatible with a pluralist and secular country such as ours:
The Australian Federal Police has cancelled an annual Ramadan dinner after Muslim community leaders vowed to boycott the event.
In a sign of deepening fractures between the Muslim community and Australian authorities, a petition was circulated on July 2, urging imams and other representatives to boycott dinners in Sydney and Melbourne because they were a tokenistic attempt “to create a false image of co-operation, harmony and trust which could not be further from the truth”.
“I can’t break fast with those who authorise flash bombs to be used against families,” said Australian Muslim Women’s Association spokeswoman Silma Ihram, who was one of 840 people to sign the petition.
The authors of the petition, a group called Concerned Muslims Australia, said police have targeted Muslims in “phoney raids” and the government has introduced legislation to “demonise, marginalise and victimise the Muslim community”…
Among the leaders who supported the boycott were author and social justice campaigner Randa Abdel-Fattah and Sydney lawyers Mariam Veiszadeh and Lydia Shelly.
One community leader told Fairfax Media that so-called moderate voices were increasingly joining the calls to turn on the AFP and other government agencies.
Last year, the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed?, boycotted the AFP’s Eid dinner due to proposed anti-terrorism laws.
Is is despicable for people like Ihram to sign a statement that includes this inflammatory conspiracy theory, turning a terrorist into a victim:
Federal and State Government bodies such as their police forces (including the Australian Federal Police) and intelligence agencies (such as ASIO) have been a key strategic component in the Australian Government’s deliberate targeting of the Muslim community,… Investigations into key incidents remain unresolved with answers around police action missing in this regard. This is exemplified by the case of 18-year-old Numan Haider, whose shooting by Victorian police, and months of harassment by intelligence agencies prior, still remain shrouded in curious mystery…
The AFP is bending over backwards to draw a distinction between moderate Muslims and the extremists it believes threaten us. The “moderates” are smudging that distinction.
Let there be no doubt that our Koranimals are desperate for the next election: