From The Australian, with thanks to LS.
The Howard Government has called for Muslim clerics to preach in English in mosques.
Attorney General Philip Ruddock, in London for anti-terrorism talks, was told by Islamic leaders moderate Muslims had complained about fiery UK clerics using Arabic to incite followers against the West.
He said a key aspect in preventing radicalisation and home-grown terrorism was education and improving understanding between imams and the communities they worked in.
“To surmise that you would only speak in Arabic or Urdu leaves others who are entitled to worship at the mosque disenfranchised,” Mr Ruddock said…
Australian Arabic Council chairman Roland Jabbour also criticised Mr Ruddock, saying diversity in language reflected a multicultural community.
“I wasn’t aware there are languages we are not permitted to use,” Mr Jabbour said.
“The language of the Koran is Arabic … things are getting out of context, (the Government) is overreacting.”
Oh noooo, things are getting out of context!