By Andrew Bolt ~
Hussain Nadim, a doctoral candidate at Sydney University, attacks the victim narrative of many fellow Muslims:
I have been asked one question over and over again during my research with Muslim communities living in the West: why is it that Muslims are negatively portrayed by some parts of the media? Given that such a tiny proportion of Muslims choose to take the path of violence, one wonders why is it that the larger Muslim community gets labelled as part of the problem.
A typical answer from Islamic leaders is that the “West” hates Islam because it is a threat to their evil ways…
But the reason we, as Muslims, are labelled in a particular way might have more to do with the inaction and apathy of Muslims to provide a counter narrative… The remaining 99 per cent of Muslims have been a silent majority and have done very little to resist or change that perception
The question, though, is why that “99 per cent” is silent.
Clive Kessler is emeritus professor of sociology and anthropology at the University of NSW.:
Among Muslims worldwide today, about … 10 to 15 per cent are militant, radical, extreme and potentially active in violent forms…
The question is: what is the relation of the views of the radical extreme to those of the centrist mainstream?… Increasingly, the militants and the mainstream share a common mindset and set of attitudes. The difference is that those in the mainstream tend to accept and go along with them habitually, while the radical Islamist ideologues take those framing ideas seriously and literally, and seek to affirm them actively…
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.