Isn't investigation of Islamic radicalisation appropriate?
The prompt to her article is the decision of the US Congress to hold hearings into the radicalisation of Islam in that country.
I won't bother to address her arguments, which positively strain the credulity in the face of a number of recent attacks or attempted attacks in that country by 'home grown' terrorists.
Nor is my main preoccupation today yet another attack on anyone who even dares question the bona fides of Islamists, though I do find it particularly ironic though, that in a country that claims to prize democracy, the right of elected representatives to even discuss this subject is attacked! And of course in this country, part of the Government's multiculturalism Mark II pitch was an explicit commitment to tackle Islamic radicalisation (though given the virulence of the reaction in the US, which mirrors similar events locally such as when Senator Humphries tabled a petition questioning Australia's immigration policy recently, it will be interesting to see just how real that commitment proves to be!) .
Timing! And when is a 'phobia' not a phobia?!
No, I'm rather asking what on earth Cath News was thinking putting this article up on the very day that it is reported in the local media that:
- Christians struggle to be allowed to worship in Indonesia in the face of violent Islamic attacks;
- a US man who had set up a tv network in the US to promote 'moderate Islam' was found guilty of beheading his wife after she attempted to divorce him (SMH);
- a mob in Egypt reportedly attacked women marching for International Women's Day on the grounds that equality and participation in ruling is incompatible with Islamic tradition;
- the SMH article also mentions in passing that ten people were killed and 110 wounded in clashes between Coptic Christians and Muslims in Cairo.
And oh yes, yesterday, the Oz reported that in New South Wales alone, police are currently investigating twelve cases of Islamic terrorist threats.
Yup, it's all just a phobia...And excellent timing to prove it Cath News.