Radical Islam sparks controversy Down Under

By Nick Adams

SYDNEY, Australia – A recent series of events has seen Australia, like America, become a victim of radical Islam, with related events leaving Australian lawmakers and citizens reeling.

Among these are a landmark legal decision against a prominent Muslim cleric over allegedly menacing messages, a visit by controversial Dutch politician and Muslim critic Geert Wilders, a plan to build a Muslim housing enclave in Sydney’s suburbs and the formation of new police task force aimed at dealing with Middle Eastern violence and gun crime.

This follows the infamous Muslim riots in Sydney in September last year, which were a part of worldwide protests purportedly in response to the anti-Islam film the Obama administration initially blamed for the Benghazi attack.

Amon Ross, a concerned resident of Sydney, said of the events and radical elements of the Islamic community within Australia:

“They’ve rioted in our streets and assaulted our police officers. They’ve raped our women and said they deserve it. They laugh at and in our courts. They’re shooting up the south-west of Sydney. They’re advocating for Shariah. Every time we fly on a plane, we’re reminded of what they have done to the world.

“They’ve told us that our culture and way of life is inferior to theirs. We’ve caught homegrown Muslims plotting to blow up our military bases and power plants. We now have a special police squad dealing with Middle Eastern Crime. Many make no effort to be Australian or surrender the culture of their old home. … And our politicians refuse to acknowledge there is a problem.”

Australia has joined a familiar pattern in Western nations, with Americans dealing with news that students in Texas were forced to wear burqas and that the Fort Hood shooter, Nidal Malik Hussan, has yet to face trial.

Sheik Man Haron Monis, a high-ranking Muslim cleric, is alleged to have sent offensive letters and a recorded message to the relatives of several Australian soldiers killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan, where Australia remains fighting alongside the U.S. His attempt to have the charges quashed on the grounds of political communication freedom was unsuccessful last week with the High Court of Australia ruling against him.

“I certainly welcome the result. They should not be allowed to bypass the justice system,” said Felix Sher, who allegedly received letters before the funeral of his son, Pvt.Gregory Sher, in 2009.

And a move to build a Muslim housing enclave in Sydney’s suburbs has drawn the ire of many who consider the plan “divisive.”

The company behind the plan advertise the loans as “100 per cent Halal” and a “chance to escape Riba (interest)” because interest is a sin under Islamic law.

Meanwhile, in South Western Sydney, police announced last month the creation of a special squad, “Operation Apollo,” targeting Middle Eastern gang violence and gun crime, and earning the criticism of key Muslim community leaders.

Enter Dutch politician and anti-Islam campaigner Geert Wilders.

Wilders, whose application for a visa had been previously thwarted, finally arrived in Australia last week on a speaking tour, causing violent demonstrations by far-left groups. His arrival also brought significant angst for government leaders.

“Dutch politician Geert Wilders’ public speaking tour has run into constant problems as venues continue to pull out or refuse to host his events,” Sen. Cory Bernardi wrote to subscribers of his weekly “Common Sense” newsletter. “In such a tolerant and open society like Australia, why is it so difficult to accommodate a speaking tour by a member of the Dutch parliament who has a different perspective?”

Bernardi contrasted the difficulty Wilders had in obtaining a visa with the federal government’s preparedness to issue them to Taji Mustafa, a senior figure in Hizb ut-Tahrir, and Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, who has described Jews as “rats of the world.”

On the future of Muslim immigration to Australia, Amon Ross said: “I honestly don’t know what is going to happen. Something needs to be done. We want Australia to stay Australia. These people came because there was something attractive about our values. They can’t just turn around now and demand we change to be like them. We need to crack down on radical Islam here and everywhere.”

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