Nonviolent Islamization is A-OK. And evidently, calls for civil war are just fine too — I guess the Australian government understands this as nonviolent civil war. Suicide of the West Update: “Ruddock: no ban on Muslim group,” from AAP, with thanks to all who sent this in:
The Federal Government refuses to ban a radical Muslim group that has sparked outrage by bringing to Australia its calls for an Islamic superstate.
Indonesian firebrand cleric Ismail Yusanto outlined his vision for an Islamic utopia before a crowd of about 500 Muslims at Lakemba, in Sydney’s south-west, today.
Dr Yusanto and fellow members of the extremist group Hizb-u-Tahrir believe it can ease suffering around the world by creating an Islamic superstate – ruled by Sharia law – through jihad, or holy war.
The NSW government and federal opposition are outraged, demanding the Commonwealth follow Britain, Germany and several Middle Eastern countries in banning the group.
But Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said today there was not enough evidence to justify using anti-terrorism laws to outlaw Hizb-u-Tahrir.
To be proscribed as a terrorist organisation, a group has to urge the use of force or violence.
“Evidence to sustain that has to be available,” he told reporters.
“Just because people have messages that I don’t regard as broadly in keeping with Australian values doesn’t mean they can be proscribed as terrorist organisations,” Mr Ruddock told reporters.
Dr Yusanto said if the utopian superstate fell, “all military-aged Muslims” and “Muslims living outside of the boundary” of the Sharia state should obtain military training and “join the jihad”.
“Once successful, the new order would be just the beginning of the new era in the application of Islamic ideology,” he said.
“There is no victory and glory without sacrifice and hard work. No pain no gain.”
Opposition immigration spokesman Tony Burke called on newly appointed Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews to consider cancelling Dr Yusanto’s visa.
“There are clear character provisions in the Immigration Act that mean that if the government didn’t want Ismail Yusanto here it could have stopped him from coming,” he told reporters.
“The only reason we have someone in western Sydney right now preaching Sharia law is because the federal government chose to allow him to be here.
“My question and my comment to anyone from around the world who hates Australia is simple – if you hate the place, don’t come here.”
Good idea. All non-Muslim states should adopt it. But it is already quite late in the game — time, long past time, for authorities to start calling to account those who are already here.