Rape-endorsing cleric barred
Australia's top Muslim cleric has been barred from preaching for up to three months, after comparing immodestly dressed women to "uncovered meat".Up to three months means there is a chance he won't be barred for the full time. The Otter agrees with John Howard. Three months is not sufficient punishment for a man like al-Hilali. He incited and excused rape. Needless to say, the mosque association felt pressured to chasten al-Hilali only because the Muslim community had to save face in light of international criticism. The gentle, token punishment demonstrates that Australian Muslims really support al-Hilali and what he said about raping women. The fact that al-Hilali is still the leading Muslim cleric in Australia also indicates the widespread acceptance of his comments by the Australian Muslim community.
Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilali's comments, suggesting that women who did not wear a headscarf attracted sexual assault, have caused a storm of protest.
Sydney's mosque association said the suspension would give the cleric time to consider the impact of his words.
But Australian Premier John Howard said the action was insufficient.
Well, let it be known rape isn't the only thing Australian Muslims are supporting. The Australian, Muddle headed Mufti:
Controversy has dogged the university-educated sheik since his days in Egypt, where he was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood...Not only did Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilali approve of raping women, he was a member of a terrorist organization, supported the 9/11 attacks, denied the Holocaust, and championed a whole list of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Note that the mosque association in Sydney has never taken action against al-Hilali for any of this. Why? It's never received enough media attention to warrant it.
...Hilali arrived in Australia in 1982 and overstayed his tourist visa. He came to the attention of the authorities in 1988 when he gave an anti-Semitic lecture to a group of Muslim students at the Universisity of Sydney. It was titled The Disposition of Jews in the Light of the Koran, and he was quoted as saying: "Judaism controls the world by secret movements (and) destructive doctrines and groups such as communism, libertinism, Freemasonry, Baha'ism, the Rotary clubs, the nationalistic and racist doctrines. The Jews try to control the world through sex, then sexual perversion, then the promotion of espionage, treason, and economic hoarding."
...In 2004 he created another furore with a speech he gave in a mosque in Lebanon. It was claimed he praised the September 11 attacks on the US as "God's work against the oppressors" and supported Arab martyrs and a holy war against Israel...
...A month ago he was dumped from John Howard's Muslim Community Reference Group after denying the Holocaust and calling it a "Zionist lie". He also referred to Israel as a "cancer".
Al-Hilali is the man who most Australian Muslims look up to. As Natalie O'Brien from The Australian wrote, "He is revered by the Muslim community almost everywhere he goes in Sydney's southwestern suburbs, the nation's Arab heartland." If this is who Muslims support in moderate, Western countries like Australia imagine who they support in the Middle East.