Spare Me The Outrage

Posted on Tue 02/24/2015 by


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By Andrew Bolt ~

Tony Abbott yesterday asked Muslim leaders to help more in fighting terrorism:

I’ve often heard Western leaders describe Islam as a ‘religion of peace’. I wish more Muslim leaders would say that more often, and mean it.

The Left is in meltdown at this terrible suggestion that some Muslim leaders might not have entirely pulled their weight. Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek attacked Abbott. Many commentators of the Left also profess outrage.

Last night The Project host Waleed Aly, a former spokesman for the Islamic Council of Victoria, was particularly furious and referred to this condemnation of terrorism:

More than forty Australian Muslim Community groups have condemned the Sydney CBD siege, saying it is “denounced in Islam”.

Australia’s top Muslim cleric Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, the country’s Grand Mufti, released a statement saying the Muslim community was “devastated” by the events in the Lindt chocolate cafe in Martin Place in which three people including the gunman were killed overnight.

Yes, 40 Muslim groups and leaders denounced once of the worst terrorist attacks on our soil.

But, in contrast, 108 Muslim groups, leaders and imams signed a statement damning the Abbott Government’s attempts to crack down on extremists, whitewashed the hate-preaching jihadist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, and claimed the terror threat was just a political plot against Muslims who were legitimately criticising government policies:

We reject the Abbott Government’s predictable use of Muslim affairs and the ‘terror threat’ to attempt to stabilise a fragile leadership and advance its own political agendas…

We deplore and denounce the continued public targeting of Muslims through abominable ‘anti-terror’ laws. The laws passed in late 2014 have been used to justify opportunistic raids on Muslim homes, have created media and community hysteria where in the majority of cases no crime was committed…

We deplore the undefined and politically expedient use of the words ‘radicalisation’ and ‘extremism’ to criminalise legitimate political discourse and critique of the Government’s policies by members of the Muslim community…

We strongly oppose Prime Minster Abbott’s politically convenient threats to ‘tackle’ and ‘crack down’ on Islamic groups such as Hizb ut-Tahrir who disavow and have never supported terrorist acts, and whose only ‘crime’ has been to criticise the Abbott Government’s stance towards Muslims domestically and abroad, as they are well within their rights to do. 

Aly’s Islamic Council of Victoria, incidentally, voted back when he was spokesman to make the hate-preaching Sheik Hilali the Mufti of Australia – this man who’d called the September 11 attacks “God’s work against oppressors”. Aly also long shielded Hilaly, almost to the shabby last, much as he shields Muslim leaders today. And then there’s his ”contextualising” of terrorism.

As for the present Mufti, his condemnation of terrorists seems to have limits, as his visit to the terrorist-run Gaza in 2012 suggests:

Last week Dr Mohamed led an Australian delegation of Muslim scholars to the Gaza Strip, where they met Hamas senior political leader Ismail Haniyeh.

Mr Haniyeh, who has been pushing for the US and the EU to remove Hamas from its terrorist watchlist, last year described former al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden as “a Muslim and Arabic warrior” while condemning the US for killing the terrorist leader.

Dr Mohamed, who has been styled as a moderate since taking the top Australian Muslim post, last week expressed his happiness at being in Gaza, describing it as the land of pride and martyrdom.

I am pleased to stand on the land of jihad to learn from its sons…,” he told local news agencies…

“We feel like we are on cloud nine. We feel like we are on top of the world.” Images of the visit were shown on local TV and hailed as a PR coup by Hamas, the fanatical ruling party in Gaza.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book  Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.

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