In Australia, evidently, the poor dhimmis can’t even make the suggestion that there is a Tiny Minority of Extremists That Has Hijacked The Religion of Peace. One must accept, however mountainous the evidence to the contrary, that all Muslims in Australia can readily accept and have readily accepted the Australian way of life. If you bring up the high-profile jihadist converts to Islam from Australia, such as Jihad Thomas and Jack Roche, or the inflammatory statements and terrorist actions of Australian Muslim leaders, you must simply be an “Islamophobe.” Roude’s statement is particularly curious, since he does acknowledge the existence of such a “minority,” which doesn’t seem all that different from what Howard said — yet he still maintains that Howard shouldn’t have said it.
“Muslims condemn ‘ignorant’ Howard,” from The Courier-Mail, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
PRIME Minister John Howard’s suggestions that some Muslims are extremists who cannot embrace the Australian way of life are offensive and ignorant, the Islamic Council of New South Wales says.
Mr Howard said yesterday he stood by his comments, which were outlined in a book to mark his 10 years in power, claiming sections of Australia’s Muslim population were antagonistic to Australian culture.
He said a commitment to jihad and extreme attitudes towards women were two problems unique to Muslims that previous intakes of migrants from Europe did not have, and that Australia wanted people to assimilate and adopt Australian ways.
Islamic Council of NSW spokesman Ali Roude said Mr Howard had a right to his personal view but that he should involve the entire Australian community if he was contemplating a change in Australia’s policy of multiculturalism.
“If the PM has a personal preference for assimilation rather than the strategy of multiculturalism, which has been the strong bipartisan position in Australia since the days of the Fraser government, that is his personal right and he is entitled to it,” Mr Roude said.
“I myself and our council will disagree with him, but we will take it no further.”
Mr Roude said it was no surprise that Mr Howard had pointed to the radical and offensive views of a minority within the Muslim community….
Lebanese Muslims Association spokesman Keysar Trad said Mr Howard was “unfortunately just pandering to the Islamaphobia out there by making these comments”.