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When I first arrived at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, I must confess that I was somewhat disappointed. Given the customary brouhaha preceding a Muslim academic’s (or scholar’s) arrival, I’d expected at the very least a picket (even if it consisted solely of the distinguished Ameer Ali). You can imagine my further disappointment when...
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Many residents in the town of Camden, in Sydney’s south west, are enraged that Muslims are supposedly “invading” their rural community, bringing with them all sorts of criminal behaviours and social pathologies. The Sydney Morning Herald reported: The proposed Islamic school for Camden has outraged thousands of residents, some of whom say it would bring...
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The greatest enemy of absurdity is its own voice. It is essential therefore that those with extreme and absurd views be encouraged to speak them as often as possible. Rather than seek to stifle their voice or to remove a platform for their views, one should be provided: Another prescient example of this is Danny...
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The treatment of Dr Haneef has been deeply troubling for many Australians, of all political stripes. I don’t know if Haneef is guilty as charged (or guilty of more) but I hope he is, because if he is innocent then we have witnessed a high-tech public lynching. What has equally surprised me has been the...
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One of the more disturbing but perhaps understandable aspects of the investigation into links between an Australian doctor and the terrorists in the United Kingdom, is the case of Dr Ali. The Indian doctor — who had been in Australia for just six months — was taken in for questioning by Australian authorities because he...
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Those hapless al-Qaeda boys were to find out that Glasgow has no respect for international terrorism. Nobody gets between 10,000 Weegies and a £99 week in Ibiza booked on Thursday night through Barrhead Travel. So says the John Smeaton tribute site, set up to honour the Scottish baggage handler who helped police subdue the terrorist...
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Johann Hari, writing in The New Republic, offers an amusing (and slightly disturbing) travelogue on the National Review cruise. Some highlights: I am standing waist-deep in the Pacific Ocean, indulging in the polite chit-chat beloved by vacationing Americans. A sweet elderly lady from Los Angeles is sitting on the rocks nearby, telling me dreamily about...
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I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. This is what happens when you appoint one man as the representative of 300,000 Muslims: every word he has ever said and will say is analysed, politicised and/or given an importance surpassing what it would ordinarily receive. Every word that Sheikh Fehmi...
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The Age and ABC are reporting today that Sheikh Taj ad-Din al-Hilaly, the so-called mufti of Australia and New Zealand, has stood down. He has been replaced by Sheikh Fehmi Naji El-Imam, the imam of Preston Mosque in Melbourne’s north. Controversial muslim cleric, Sheik Taj el-Din Al Hilali has declined the position of Mufti of...
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Firstly, let’s say a few words about Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the celebrity apostate who is in town for the Sydney Writers’ Festival, to spruik her book amid what I’m sure she and her publicists hope will be a suitably outraged reaction from the local Muslim community. There. That’s about all that needs to be said...
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