Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Editorial: Speaking out for Australia,5744,15986261%255E7583,00.html

[The Australian] July 20, 2005--IT is time for tough-minded tolerance. As a nation of immigrants, Australians easily accept neighbours with different attitudes to matters of morals and their own ways of worship. It is the Australian way to accommodate new cultures. It is the Australian way to take people for who they are, not what they wear, or where they come from. But it is also the Australian way to abhor those who demand to live their lives as they wish and to practise their religion as they choose, but reject the right of everybody else to do the same. This is what a handful of Muslim zealots in Australia do. And it is time for them to stop. It is also time for Muslim clerics to stop skirting round the abject immorality of suicide bombing. They must heed the warnings of Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali, reported in The Australian this morning, that some young Muslims are being seduced by extremists. They should renounce the views of their Melbourne colleague, Sheik Mohammed Omran, who questions whether Muslims were responsible for the destruction of the twin towers and the London transport bombings. It is time for them to make clear they will not accept any excuses for the malevolent misogyny that claims the clothes women wear can make them responsible for rape. And it is time for them to accept that Muslims who argue non believers are fair game draft directives for terrorism.

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