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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Gone for a bit.

Hey all, I've been gone for a bit. My work has been consuming my time and like it or not I have to pay the bills.

So work is a priority right now.

To those who kept coming back on random visits, thanks for staying on.

I'm hoping to be able to post more in the future.

The "Mad Mufti of Australia!"

He's at it again! Check out this article at The Australian — The Nation.

What's most interesting about the whole article is the fact that the misgivings expressed by members of the Lebanese Muslim Association, (LMA) through their association's president, Tom Zreika had little to do with the sheik's absurd, off the wall statements in support of fundamental islam.

Instead, their concerns had more to do with sheik Taj Din al-Hilali's political statements possibly jeopardizing Lebanese Muslim candidates chances in Australia's upcoming March elections.

"We will tolerate it if it's about islam, but if it's in relation to the coming election then we are not going to tolerate it," Mr Zreika said. "It's becoming a bit of a freak show. People come just to see what he's going to say next."

There was very little outcry by Zreika or, for that matter other members of the muslim community after Hilali gave a controversial sermon last year at the popular Lakemba Mosque... a mosque owned by the Lebanese Muslim Association.

In that particular sermon Hilali compared immodestly dressed women to "uncovered meat", claiming such women encourage rape.

After his remarks were met with some international clamor he went into a two month, self imposed "exile" (read "vacation") to Mecca and Egypt. He recently returned to Australia.

According to the report found at "The Astralian"---

"In an appearance on Egyptian television this month, (Hilali's) comments in Arabic were translated as saying that Muslims were more entitled to live in Australia than Anglo-Saxons sent as convicts in chains, and that Westerners were liars.

Sheik Hilali responded by blaming the media and said he was misunderstood."

Wasn't that the same excuse he used for his "uncovered meat" remarks?

As mentioned and as expected there appears to be little or no condemnation from within the global muslim community directed to Hilali regarding his volatile and incredulous remarks.

Instead, there's local muslim concerns that his remarks might be too political in nature, drawing unnecessary attention to those muslim candidates who just happen to be running for office.

Once again, hypocrisy and appeasement--- the islamic way.

But where's that tolerance they keep talking about?

Remember, Hilali's the Australian Mufti!

And damn! He certainly is a freak, I'll give him that.

I'm in total agreement with Zreika there!