Saturday, 22 January 2011

The phobia that isn't...

The Australian today reports that there was a debate last night at the Parramatta Town Hall on the merits of sharia law vs democracy. 

The event has been organised by Zaky Mallah, who was acquitted of terrorism charges in 2005 but pleaded guilty to threatening to kill a commonwealth officer after his passport was cancelled. 

And making the case for Sharia law is an Australian-born convert, Siddiq-Conlon, leader of a group called Sharia4Australia, which has three objectives.The first is to persuade Muslims they must hate "taghoot", the worship of any God other than Allah, which includes democracy.  His other objectives are to advise elected governments they have no authority to rule, and to educate non-Muslims on the benefits of sharia, including its punishments.

The Australian quotes Mr Siddiq-Conlon as saying:

"My attack is on the Prime Minister of Australia," he said yesterday. "I hate the parliament in Canberra. I want to go straight for the jugular vein and advise the parliament that they have no right to legislate. They should immediately step down and let the Muslims take over."

"One day Australia will live under sharia; it's inevitable," he said. "If they (Australians) don't accept it, that's not our problem. We hope, and our objective is to have a peaceful transition, but when you look at history that has never been the case. There's always been a fight. It is inevitable that one day there will be a struggle for Islam in Australia."

A more detailed article from the Oz on the increase in home-grown extremism can be found here.

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