Sunday, September 17, 2006

Imams must counter terrorists' use of Islam Weekend Rant

Australian Imam
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
The Howard government yesterday challenged the spiritual leaders of the nation’s Muslim community to reject terrorism.

In a firm address, Andrew Robb, Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, told a conference of Australian imams in Sydney that they had a responsibility to “quarantine Australia from the extremist elements who are tormenting the world, masquerading in the name of Islam’’.

Robb referred to similar conferences in Europe, and quoted approvingly from a communique by a conference of Austrian imams in April, 2005:

“In this situation, Muslims have the responsibility, even the obligation, to bring the focus again on the overwhelming majority of Muslims who, in living up to the teachings of their religion, stand for mutual respect and understanding and reject terrorism ...’’
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