Update: Ikebal Patel, one of Australia’s perceived ‘moderate Muslims’, is very distressed over the resistance by the residents of Camden who don’t want a Muhammedan madrassah in their midst. Daniel Emerson from the politically correct Sydney Moonbat Herald is equally upset and hastens to assist him:
Extremism fear after Islamic school blocked
A senior figure within Australia’s Islamic community has warned that the blocking of a proposed Muslim school in Camden could result in Islamic children being taught extreme religious views in “backyards and garages”.
Australian Federation of Islamic Councils president Ikebal Patel said it was “very sad” that Camden Council last night rejected a proposal to build a school for 1200 students on planning grounds.
In announcing the decision the Mayor, Chris Patterson, stressed that the refusal of the application had nothing to do with the seething religious tensions that have underpinned much of the debate.
He later told AAP he encouraged the school’s developers to resubmit their proposal if they could find an alternative site within his south-western Sydney municipality.
But Mr Patel said he was saddened by the attitudes of Camden residents, some of whom declared the rejection of the school plan a victory for “decency”.
“It’s very, very distressing that that sort of phobia exists in the community,” Mr Patel said.
* Imagine that! Islamophobia in Camden! These ignorant redneck Aussies…!
“I think what the [Camden] council and the general population have to realise is that if Islamic schools are not encouraged and allowed to be established under the auspices of the State Government and their oversight, the same Muslim children will be given their religious education in backyards and garages by Imams and other religious teachers whose credentials no-one could vet.
“You may have some very extreme Imams or religious teachers getting through to the children.”
* Really? Then the question should be: what are we going to do about that? Monitor the mosques and the schools or do away with them altogether?
Mr Patel said he supported the proposed developers, the Quranic Society Dar Tahfez El-Quran, who have declared their intention to fight for the school.
* Of course. Patel wouldn’t be a proper soldier of Allah if he wasn’t prepared to take it to the limit…
Vice-president Issam Obeid told theÂ Camden Advertiser: “We’re definitely going to appeal through the Land and Environment Court.”
Another member of the society, Ahmed Halal, told the paper it was disappointing that Camden residents had made it clear they did not want Muslims in the area.
“If you build a school, then you’re building education and you’re building something for society,” he said.
* Not for Australian society, you don’t. Australia did very well without Muhammedan ‘education’…don’t want any, don’t need any: Muslim be gone!
About 200 Camden residents cheered wildly as the council formally decided to reject the application in their area last night.
Dressed in a hat decorated with Australian flags and a long yellow dress, a resident, Kate McCulloch, emerged from the meeting hailing the decision and insisting that Muslims were incompatible with the local community.
“The ones that come here oppress our society, they take our welfare and they don’t want to accept our way of life,” she said.
* Huh? somebody smells the coffee?
A council report recommended that the application be refused after more than 3000 submissions had been received from the public. The vast majority opposed the development.
* Not ‘the vast majority’ Daniel: the overwhelming majority. Only 100 voted in favor, 2900 against.
Cr Patterson pointed to a report from council officers showing the proposed development was flawed on environmental and planning grounds. These included inadequate public transport to the site, in Burragorang Road at Cawdor, and fears that it might be contaminated by hazardous materials. Cr Patterson insisted the ruling was “on planning grounds alone”.
– with Jonathan Dart
* Its not over till the fat lady sings…
* Bad News Update:
Thanx to Gramfan
Islamic schools deserve fair go: Pell
* Just when you thought the resistance is gaining momentum, there comes another religious nutter trying to nip it in the butt:
CATHOLIC Cardinal George Pell has weighed in to the row over an Islamic school in western Sydney, saying he has no objection to Muslim schools.
Camden Council last night voted unanimously against a proposal to build an Islamic school for 1200 students, citing various issues including traffic problems.
The decision would taint Australia’s multicultural image, the Islamic Council of NSW warned today.
* Don’t worry about Australia’s image, Muhammad. You should concern yourself with Islamic terrorism, FGM, honor killings, suicide bombers and the global jihad.
Speaking at a World Youth Day media conference, the Archbishop of Sydney said Muslims deserved a fair go.
* Suicidal? Why doesn’t the Archbishop of Sydney concern himself with the plight of Chritians under the Islamic yoke?
Cardinal Pell told media he always encouraged people to be open to the rights of people from all faiths.
“Everybody in Australia has the right to a fair go, so do the Muslims,” he said. “We certainly believe in religious schools.”
* So do the Muslims. But they teach their kids that you’re a filthy kuffar and a Dhimmi, that you are ‘the vilest of creatures’ and that you must be brought into the fold of Islam or subjected to servitude. Is that what you want, Mr Archbishop?
A Muslim youth worker told reporters the Camden Council decision, condemned as racist by one Islamic group, would not give a bad impression of Sydney to pilgrims visiting for World Youth Day.
* Tell me again: which ‘race’ is Islam?
Mazem Bakhour, a representative from the Lebanese Muslim Association, said the school issue should not cause a problem for the Catholic youth event.
“I guess, at the end of the day, to the Muslim community, World Youth Day is about unity between religions,” he said.
* Keep lying, Muslim brother, keep lying…
“That’s what we are going to focus on … mainly just trying to focus on seeing the similarities between faiths.”
* Unfortunately we have nothing in common.
Pope Benedict XVI will meet the Australian leaders of other faiths during World Youth Day.
Camden residents had been unfairly portrayed as “rednecks” over the rejection of the Islamic school, the NSW Opposition said.
Liberal leader Barry O’Farrell said he did not believe race was an issue in the decision.
* It certainly isn’t.
“Whenever these issues are determined, they should be determined and decided on the basis of facts, not emotion, on the basis of planning considerations, not irrelevant issues,” Mr O’Farrell told reporters today.
“I regret that, at times, media coverage of the issue focused more on issues irrelevant to the planning considerations.
“The point here is we’ve seen an attempt to portray Camden and that region as rednecks. I agree with the mayor, I think that’s an unfortunate perception.”
Islamic Council of NSW president Ali Roude said the rejection was not a surprise.
“We have seen a history of reaction from local residents against the establishment of places of worship and schools so it was not a surprise,” he told ABC Radio.
“It does not help the image of Australia because we take pride as Australians as a country that’s succeeded and (has) set an example to the whole world that we can live together.”
* For now. Until the Muslims gain the upper hand…
The schools’ backers – the Qu’uranic Society – have not ruled out making an appeal to the Land and Environment Court.