Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Breaking Down the Barriers

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Breaking Down the Barriers

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RECENT talks of an open debate over the "link between Islam and terrorism" is exactly what ISIS are waiting for.

A country whose politicians become self-made experts on other religions is an early warning of further division and inequality within society.

It looks as we're trying to repeat the mistake of some Muslim countries who are now struggling to find the escape key after allowing the state to make religious decisions on behalf of the public.

History has taught us that mixing politics and religions always ends badly.

Former PM Tony Abbot and a few other politicians have called for Islam to reform and for the religion to "cohere with the Australian way of life".

The first question arises, who will debate who? Muslim Imams versus Australian politicians?

We all know that there is not a single Australian politician whom all the Australians trust to represent them on religious matters.

Likewise there is not a single Muslim Imam who represents all the Australian Muslims. The simplest question one should ask is, "what will we all achieve?".

Assume that the majority of Australians do believe that there is a link between Islam and terrorism. Will 23 million people living in an isolated part of the world decide the faith of 1.7 billion Muslims around the world?

Let's assume worst case, if we do stop all Muslim refugees entering Australia, what will happen to more than half a million Muslims living in Australia peacefully?

The peaceful, loyal and law-abiding Australian Muslims deserve a "fair go".

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a perfect example as victim of this over-generalisation.

This community is the fastest growing international revival movement within Islam which is making headlines around the world for their clean track record.

Being in existence for more than 125 years with followers in tens of millions located in more than 200 countries, not a single member has ever participated in any act of violence, nor have any of their youth ever been radicalised.

This community is the leading Islamic organisation to categorically reject terrorism in any form. …

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