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#################### Geoff Seidner
Wednesday, 7 October 2015
5 oct letters ..Koranic doctrine does not allow for apologies
Muslim leaders in the West never apologise because they can’t. To do so would acknowledge Islam is capable of error. That is unthinkable according to their beliefs, based on a revelation from God as found in the Koran.
How long will it be before this sinks into the minds of our leaders?
Sooner or later we have to fight or through appeasement, live in a Muslim hell. Unless, of course, people find the courage to call for a debate on the claims of Islam. But those who claim to govern us won’t allow that.
So we’ll wake up one day and find we have been subjugated by the greatest con in history.
Phillip Turnbull, Cornelian Bay, Tas
I should have realised that pointing out that Islam is not a peaceful religion but a belligerent, brutal totalitarian ideology bent on conquest or conversion which teaches children violence against kaffirs from infancy would have caused this 15-year-old boy to visit the Parramatta mosque before shooting another Australian.
All my fault. Sorry. Nothing to do with Islam.
John Bolton, Adelaide, SA
In your article (“PM to reset terror pitch to Muslims”, 2/10) it is written: “Mr Turnbull will adopt a new, more inclusive tone in dealing with the Islamic community”.
Having enjoyed several decades of security, self-determination and a healthy sense of national identity, what sort of nervous and culturally contorted Australia have we created?
Fearful of homegrown terrorists, the PM feels compelled to kowtow to one particular religious group. How, why, did we let this happen here?
Mark Dyer, Rockingham Beach, WA
Malcolm Turnbull may want a more touchy-feely dialogue with the Muslim community than his predecessor.
Having just watched another Australian murdered on Sydney streets by an Islamic terrorist, I don’t.
My next vote goes to whichever party states that Islamic immigration has been a disaster in every single country, including this one and requires absolute restriction before Australia ends up in the same mess Europe now finds itself. Nobody can say they didn’t see this coming.
Daniel Lewis, Rushcutters Bay, NSW
What a refreshing change to hear Turnbull and Mike Baird not seeking mileage from Friday’s act of terrorism. They chose not to act in the way our previous PM would have done, instead choosing to calm the water.
D.J. Fraser, Mudgeeraba, Qld
I was brought up to believe that when you are invited into someone’s home, you treat it with respect and do not try to force your opinion on your hosts.
Australia has offered Muslims comfort, safety and a way of life they would never have had if they stayed where they were.
They should be grateful and happy.
Rod Fountain, Erina, NSW
Your editorial (“Resetting relations with Australia’s Muslims’’, 3-4/10) seemed balanced to me, apart from referring to those objecting to a mosque in Bendigo as a bigoted mob.
It is relevant that you have no need to editorialise about the need to reset relations with Hindus or Buddhists.
Muslim communities are responsible for the way in which they are perceived and treated. They need to embrace Australian values, such as the primacy of parliamentary law over religious law.
I haven’t heard Jamal Rifi say that the Muslims he represents accepts those values without equivocation; for example, that Australian law trumps sharia law in all non-ecclesiastical matters.
Peter Smith, Cremorne, NSW
While pleased with official recognition of a major Islamic feast day (“Turnbull text a ‘good impression’ ”, 3-4/10), sheik Mohammad Omran informed us that we “need” Muslims and we “can’t get rid of them anyhow” and so need to work with them.
The sheik also said that he had been feeling like a foreigner in his own country. I know how he feels.
David Poignand, Hackett, ACT
Tony Abbott gave millions of dollars to help in the deradicalisation of young Muslim men. Let’s hope something good comes from that gesture, but this process must start at home and at school. This rebuilding of relations must also include Muslim leaders, because they are essential to the success of this program.