No one denies that all Muslims are not murdering terrorists but for many years now almost ALL terrorist acts have been committed by Muslims. However, instead of facing the truth our ‘leaders’ pacify the followers of Islam with more money, more deradicalization programmes, more education favouring Islam and of course more laws protecting Islam from hateful non-Muslims. It was therefore interesting to read that in May of this year Anam Javed, Secretary of the Islamic Council of Victoria and Interfaith Portfolio Coordinator spoke at a Building Bridges instead of Walls conference. Note the highlighted words in the following article.
‘The Justice and Internal Mission Unit hosted a ‘Building Bridges not Walls’ convention at the Centre for Theology and Ministry in Parkville on Saturday 27th May.
The convention comprised of a panel discussion and tailored workshops focusing on the global rise of the far-right and conservatism.
The panel consisted of Joe Camilleri, Emeritus Professor at La Trobe University, Monica Melanchthon, Hebrew and Bible Studies teacher at the Pilgrim Theological College, and myself, Anam Javed, Secretary of the Islamic Council of Victoria and Interfaith Portfolio Coordinator.
Panel members had common threads running through their presentations: the historical impact of the far right on our global landscape, and how fear-mongering and “othering” significantly bolster their movements.
All panel members urged the audience to be global citizens and take ownership of responsibility for shifting the tide to positive change-making.
Professor Joe Camilleri discussed the rise of rightwing parties in Europe, culminating in events such as Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump. Monica Melanchthon took us on a journey to the biblical past and touched on the idea that walls and fences have always been there; it’s what we choose to use them for that matters.
I provided insights into the increasing demonising and marginalisation of the Muslim community as a result of irresponsible and sensationalised reporting by media agencies, and the impact of this on the wellbeing of the Australian-Muslim population that is predominantly young.
Attendees left the forum with a reinvigorated passion for social justice and inclusiveness. They responded extremely positively to each panel member’s presentation.
I was asked a range of questions about Islam and Islamic practices and received votes of confidence and support from the audience, which further emphasised the need for open discussions like these to alleviate cultural and religious misunderstandings.’ http://www.icv.org.au/icv-secretary-anam-javed-speaks-centre-theology-convention/
Well, what did you get out of that article? The enemy is NOT Islam BUT the far right, Donald Trump, Brexit and conservatism! The onus is on the non-Muslim to change NOT the Muslim!!!! So, in the end it is up to the Non-Muslim to build a Bridge to Islam and all will be well! Or will it?
Well, one month later here in Australia;
‘POLICE are carrying out anti-terror raids in Melbourne’s northern suburbs this morning, confirming an operation in Ascot Vale was under way.
A police statement said: “Victoria Police and their partners within the Joint Counter Terrorism Team are conducting a police operation in the northern suburbs this morning. As this relates to an ongoing investigation, it is not appropriate to comment further.’ http://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/crime/antiterror-raids-in-ascot-vale-melbourne/news-story/bab12bcf8014887cee788ce6d954dbca
Now, in spite of all this Islamic killing it seems many seek to make it out that it is the hateful non-Muslim that is at fault.
‘Monday night’s fatal siege in Brighton has put Victorian Muslims on high alert for hate speech, the Islamic Council of Victoria says.
The siege, in which two men were killed and three police offers shot, came just days after a fatal terror attack on London Bridge and within three weeks of the attack in Manchester which left 22 people dead.
Islamic Council of Victoria secretary Anam Javed said Muslims, particularly covered women, feared being harassed and abused in the wake of the attacks.’ http://www.dailyliberal.com.au/story/4718527/hate-speech-follows-terror/?cs=2452
How dare anyone think or say anything that might offend the Muslim after so many non-Muslims are murdered by those professing to be Muslims!
Now, to summarize, the problem according to the left is not the Muslim but the non-Muslim! However, the truth is the problem is the Muslim that wants to live out the Koran when it says ‘And kill them wherever you overtake them, and expel them from where they had expelled you. Oppression is more serious than murder. But do not fight them at the Sacred Mosque, unless they fight you there. If they fight you, then kill them. Such is the retribution of the disbelievers.’
However, the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ tells us of God’s LOVE for the whole world! John 3:16 ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.’