With a vocal minority holding racist views about Islam (What race is Islam?), a parliamentary report is warning that anti-Muslim sentiments are casting a pale on the success of multiculturalism in Australia. (That’s the idea!)
On Islam “The committee’s analysis has revealed that the perception of Islam as a threat has led to serious concerns within the community, which in turn is sometimes used as a justification for aggressive racist attacks (What race is Islam?) and intensifying the marginalization of Muslims,” says the parliamentary report cited by The Australian.
A two-year inquiry into multiculturalism in Australia has found overwhelming concerns on Muslims and their faith. It found that out of 513 submissions to the inquiry, 212 raised concerns about or discussed the question of Islam in Australia.
Some 113 submissions objected to the possible introduction of legal pluralism to accommodate the requirements of Islamic Shari`ah. The report says many submissions asserted that multiculturalism was “laying the foundations for ethnic separatism ( and supremacism) under increased migration from Islamic countries”.
The parliamentary committee also heard accusations that Muslim imams were encouraging Muslim-only enclaves. “References were made to Muslim ‘enclaves’ in Sydney and Melbourne, and the riots in Cronulla in 2005, to suggest a lack of willingness on the part of Muslims to embrace the Australian lifestyle, values and behaviors,” the report says.
The report, however, notes that most Australians are not racist and are comfortable with cultural diversity (every culture except the Mohammedan one).
“Nevertheless, a small but vocal number in the community hold racist views (what race is Islam?) and are exacting a high toll both on emerging communities and on social cohesion.”
The parliamentary committee warns that mistrusting Muslims or multiculturalism will never lead to a stronger, richer or safer community. (That’s true, banning more Muslims from moving there will)
It advocates a “supportive and flexible approach by respecting other cultures, languages and practices”. (But Muslims don’t) It also “supports measures to foster understanding and liberal debate on Islam” and calls for “joint initiatives across academic institutions between Australia and the region”. (“liberal” debate on Islam is an oxymoron)
The committee’s recommendations include rebuilding Australia’s research capacity in factoring cultural and linguistic diversity into the government’s social inclusion agenda. (No, they come to Australia, THEY must learn the language and customs, NOT the other way around)
It also recommends the establishment of a government-funded, independent collaborative institute for excellence in research into multicultural affairs. (Might as well take that money and throw it down the toilet)
The report also calls for increasing flexibility in English language training and supporting micro enterprises, especially for women. Yet, the report says it does not consider legal recognition of Islamic practices necessary or desirable. (To recognize sharia would be cultural suicide)
“In the committee’s opinion, the message conveyed should be that multiculturalism is an inclusive policy which values and respects diversity and promotes inclusiveness and engagement within the framework of Australian laws.” (The message should be that multicultualism has failed everywhere it’s been tried)