Australia: Spurned Islamic school sponsors resort to blackmail: Give us our school, or “You may have some very extreme imams or religious teachers getting through to the children.”
*Â And therein lies an inadvertent admission of the presence and number of “very extreme imams or religious teachers” in Australia. Whoops.
A new dimension has been added to the ongoing furore over the rejection of a plan to build an Islamic school on Sydney’s south-western fringes by some muslims warning that it would lead to extremist Islamic teaching.
Australian Federation of Islamic Councils president Ikebal Patel told the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) that Islamic schools monitored by the State Government should be encouraged “or else Muslim children will be given their religious education in backyards and garages by… teachers whose credentials no one could vet. You may have some very extreme imams or religious teachers getting through to the children.”
* So who are those “very extreme imams or religious teachers who are getting through to the children?” Where are they now and are they teaching a different Islam to the children now?
Meanwhile, the developers of the A$19 million 1,200-student school, the Quranic Society, will be appealing to the Land and Environment Court against Camden Council’s rejection of its proposal on planning, which includes increased traffic and lack of public transport, and environmental grounds.
“We have complied with the law, we have done everything right, we hired master planners. There was no reason for it to be rejected. Even the council could not say what was wrong with the plan,” Quranic Society board member Fouad Chami told The Australian.
When asked if he believed the decision was racist, Chami told Channel Ten: “Of course, there is no reason to say no if you’re complying 100 per cent with the rules.”
* And still we see nobody asking the obvious question: which ‘race’ is Islam? And why should this madrassh get the go-ahead if the residents are unanimously opposed?
Five years ago, the Baulkham Hills Shire Council in Sydney’s north had rejected a businessman’s plans for building a Muslim prayer hall on the grounds that it did not fit with community characteristics. The decision was overturned by the Land and Environment Court.
The project’s consultant, former Mayor of Sydney and lawyer, Jeremy Bingham told the SMH from London: “There’s a vocal group of local residents who are very opposed to this school because of the religious beliefs of the Australian citizens who want to establish the school. That’s not the Australian way and it’s not the Australian law.”
The Quranic Society has said the school – for primary and secondary students on a 15-acre block – would cater to both Muslim and non-Muslim children and would follow the New South Wales State curriculum.
The unanimous decision by the Camden Council is being seen as motivated by prejudice and fuelled by racial and religious passion.
“[The decision] is hysteria based on fear and misunderstanding. If it was a Catholic, Anglican or Jewish school there would be no objection,” Bingham told SMH. […]
Camden is a historic town, located less than an hour’s drive from the Sydney Central Business District, and is the birthplace of the Australian wool, wheat and wine industries. It has a semi-rural feel with sandstone buildings and jacaranda trees. According to census figures, it has about 150 Muslim families.
“Camden is only the latest venue in a list of planning setbacks for mosques, Islamic centres and schools, all denied on planning grounds. This is despite the fact that almost half of Australia’s Muslim population lives in Sydney,” writes Laura Beth Bugg, a postgraduate student researching multiculturalism and urban planning in the faculty of architecture at the University of Sydney, in the SMH….
It bears repeating that Camden is on the outer edges of the Sydney metropolitan area, and, as noted above, only has 150 Muslim families.
Let’s see. 150 Muslim families want to build a A$19 million school. That means each family must intend to contribute A$126,667. Right???”
In Billerica, Massachusetts, a not-very-prosperous town, a $15 million dollars mosque was built a few years ago, for fewer than 100 Musliim families. Meanwhile, all over the Diocese of Boston, Catholic churches — some with thousands of members — have been closing because they cannot afford to stay open.
Where did that $15 million come from? Where does it come from, for Muslims all over the Western world, where mosques, some of them very elaborate, are going up, sometimes their very size intended clearly to impress, and that imposing size meant to draw in not only the faithful, but those who might ooh-and-aaah (especially in neighborhoods with the poor, or immigrants) over this display of magnificence.
Think of Muslims as they think of themselves, as a community of Believers, whose sole loyalty must be to other Muslims and to Islam, and who must, in whatever Infidel country they manage to end up, to work for the spread, and dominance, of Islam. Muslim immigrants do not need to scrimp and save. They have, instantaneously, buildings provided for them by the rich Muslims who, back in Saudi Arabia or the sheikdoms, are wallowing in surpluses of more than a trillion dollars, and who of course have been, are, and will always be spending some of that money — by the hundreds of billions — to spread Islam. What would you expect Believers in Islam to do? And so it is that even Believers who have little earning power, will have provided for them mosques and madrasas. And now, still worse, in their confused reaction, their insufficient understanding, Western governments, having grasped that there is something deeply wrong, something deeply threaetening, have chosen to believe that the problem is not with Islam but, rather, with “extremists” who fund these mosques, so that if only the mosque funding can be done by the Infidel nation-states, then all kinds of things will improve. This is madness. It is not government-funded mosuqes that should be provided, but rather, any funding from outside that should be stopped, and the ability of Muslims to establish their outposts, and expand them inexorably into larger and larger settlements, from which they may continue to reap all the benefits that generous and advanced Western states — entirely the product of Infidels — may provide, while they work, as of course they naturally would wish to do so, to protect from scrutiny, to defend from attack, Islam and Muslims, and meanwhile to work, ceaselessly, for ever-increasing numbers of Muslims, for Islam has always spread on the clear understanding — an understanding that turns out to be true — that demography, mostly, is destiny.
It is we, the Infidel victims of Islam, who refuse to see things aright, retreating into wilful ignorance and self-satisfied, but increasingly hollow, pieties about “diversity” and all the other still-worshipped Idols of the Age.
Posted by: HughÂ at May 30, 2008 10:23 AM