July 31, 2003


Muslim extremists are “preaching social disharmony and intolerance” to young followers of Islam, and should be vetted by Immigration Department authorities.

Who says so? You might be surprised ...

Posted by Tim Blair at July 31, 2003 12:27 PM

He knows the vetting procedures are flawed. He probably wouldn't be here otherwise. Sorry for such a backhanded comment, but that's how I feel.

Posted by: Andjam at July 31, 2003 at 12:59 PM

I think I bought a falafel from that guy.

Posted by: The Referee at July 31, 2003 at 02:55 PM

Slightly off point, but I saw a fascinating documentary about Islam in Pakistan on PBS a couple of weeks ago. A Suffi Iman was being interviewed regarding his church, and he (gently) referred to "Arab Islam" (which apparently referred to Wahabbism) as a "killjoy religion" and "borderline fascist". Naturally, I agreed with every word he said, except the borderline part.

Posted by: Sean at July 31, 2003 at 03:43 PM

No saint like a reformed sinner. Better late than never. By the way, don't say "church" for Muslims.

Posted by: Anthony Mundane at July 31, 2003 at 03:58 PM

Weren't those Islamic Youth Movement in the last episode of Pizza - the habibs with all the guns ? Come to think of it hasn't the Imam been in it as well?

Posted by: Rob (No 1) at July 31, 2003 at 04:27 PM

Terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna now describes Hilaly as a moderate man, while ex-ASIO adviser Neil Fergus terms him 'a genuine moderating influence in the Muslim community'. (SMH, 15/6/03)

Hilaly's comments seem to confirm these recent assessments.

Posted by: ilibcc at July 31, 2003 at 05:48 PM

I only read this stream because I thought 'even when they have a story they can all agree with, someone will have to be a racist turd just for the sake of it.'

And half do, well there you go, I'm sure you're rolling with laughter at your own wit.

But of course when we lefties say much of the right is driven by racism, we are just ranting polemic label throwing etc etc...

Sean, Mundane and Ilibcc, thanks for confirming my hope that at least half the right are capable of showing some rationality.

Andjam proper vetting procedures would have left you aborted- interspecies gene exchanges being undesirable.

Posted by: sphincter at July 31, 2003 at 06:07 PM


No its when lefties prove there words of "compassion" and "tolerance" are only expected to be practiced by others.

Posted by: Gary at July 31, 2003 at 08:14 PM

I'm not against Muslims immigrating.

Have you had a look at Hilaly's history?

Posted by: Andjam at July 31, 2003 at 11:22 PM

Of course Islamic fanatics can mend their ways. After all, didn't Yasir Arafat win a Nobel Peace Prize?

Posted by: Clem Snide at August 1, 2003 at 08:51 PM

Anthony: Whoops! I can't believe I wrote that -- I don't even LIKE church!

Posted by: Sean at August 2, 2003 at 05:34 AM