Friday, 8 July 2016

Grand Mufti of Australia proves we are right to be alarmed | The Courier-Mail

... the Mufti's letter, which to me conveys an implied and sinister warning: that to criticise a Muslim cleric is to criticise Islam itself and risk death. Shut up or else.
I ask: is there any leader of any other faith in this country who could suggest something so intimidating to stifle discussion of his ideology and the lethal radicalism it inspires?
The Mufti's letter did not receive the coverage it badly needs, having been issued in the final frantic days of the election campaign.
In it, Ibrahim, our most senior Muslim cleric, defends a fellow guest at Turnbull's Iftar dinner, Sheik Shady Alsuleiman, and warns against criticising this bigot.
The Mufti's defence of Shady is itself significant, because Shady in his online sermons has attacked Jews, called on God to help "destroy the enemies of Islam", declared the punishment for adulterers "is stoning to death", damned Christmas parties as "worship of Satan", declared the Australian Government is oppressing Muslims and accused gays of "spreading all these diseases" through "evil actions that bring evil outcomes to our society".