Jasper said:BeerBad said:
Jasper, you simply back up my statement by claiming many muslims are concerned about how things are going. The problem with statements like the one we are discussing is that they marginalise groups and not behaviour. I am sure that there are already laws against incitement in OZ.
I think you misunderstood what I said. Many Muslims in Australia are not happy that the more extreme Muslims are pushing for Shia law to be formally recognised and are happy that the Australian Govt is rejecting that call. Two of my employees are Muslims, both born here and very much westernised Muslims. They have no desire to live in what they call an 'old world' lifestyle.
Just on racism. Australia is no better or worse than any western country I've visited. I'm sometimes embarrassed by our lack of tollerance.
I didn't misunderstand. My original point was that most of the immigrants are aghast at the sort of things said by the radicals that are portrayed in the media as represantatives of their group.
I have worked with many muslims whose devotion ranges from strict observers to those who drink and love a bacon sarnie and all are disgusted at what the extremists say and do and the fact that many people cannot seperate the law abiding from the terrorists.
Statements that condem groups and not behaviour do not help in these situations. As has been pointed elsewhere in this thread other individuals who lay claim to some sort of ideology (and that includes political) behave in ways that in our society is unacceptable.