The following is my letter to Defence Minister, Senator David Johnston.
Dear Mr Johnston,
In today’s Australian newspaper, you are quoted, in relation to the image of Khaled Sharrouf’s son, as saying:
“This is a shocking misrepresentation of Islam. I am very upset about this sort of thing completely colouring our view of Muslims. I think anybody who knows and understands the Muslim community in Australia knows that they are by far a very peace-loving and respectful group of people with respect of Australian laws.”
Whilst I agree that the majority of Australian Muslims are peace-loving and respectful (I emphasise the distinction between Islam as a socio-political ideology and individual Muslims), please would you kindly explain how the actions of the Islamic State are a ‘misrepresentation of Islam’?
In particular, I would be interested to hear your views on why Western politicians appear to be the only ones to understand the true ‘peaceful’ nature of Islam, whilst those who are most intimately acquainted with Islam and the Koran, the imams, preachers and ‘scholars’ of the Middle East, continually use their religion to justify savage and barbaric acts of violence against non-Muslims. If one understands the true nature of Islam one would be forced to conclude that the actions of the Islamic State are, in fact, a remarkably accurate interpretation of the teachings of the Koran.
If Western governments are going to deal with the threat of Islam, they should appreciate its true nature, rather than pretending it is the “Religion of Peace” – a highly dangerous delusion.
I look forward to your response.
It will be interesting to see if any such response is forthcoming.