That is true not just in Australia, but all over the Western world. Kudos to Tanveer Ahmed for telling the truth that hardly anyone in the free world dares to tell. And there is more. He also says, again correctly, that Islamic terrorism is “grounded in scripture. People who commit terrorism, they are actually more devout than many other Muslims.”
That is what my colleagues and I have been saying for years, and have been excoriated and vilified for doing so.
“Australia needs to stop worrying about Islamophobia’: Muslim psychiatrist says ‘moderate’ activists downplaying Islam’s links to terrorism are fuelling extremism in teenagers”, by Stephen Johnson, Daily Mail, June 6, 2017:
A Bangladeshi-born psychiatrist says the ABC plays a role in radicalising young Muslim teenagers by over emphasising how they are victims of discrimination.
Tanveer Ahmed, a cultural Muslim who moved to Australia when he was six, says the national broadcaster’s obsession with perceived Islamophobia was often counterproductive.
‘Often the voices they reach for reinforce that because their first instinct is to quell so-called Islamophobia,’ he told Daily Mail Australia on Monday.
‘It keeps feeding the message that none of it is their fault, that the West is in fact against them.
‘It’s inaccurate and doesn’t get to the source of the problem. It keeps feeding grievance, it keeps feeding this idea of Muslim grievance so in that respect it’s part of the problem.
‘Terrorism is, at its heart, a conflation of personal resentments with a political ideology of resentment which Islamism is.’
Dr Ahmed is a former SBS journalist who has also previously been a member of the federal government’s Australian Multicultural Council.
The 42-year-old psychiatrist, who has a practice in Sydney’s west and visits prisons, called on the ABC to be wary of airing so-called moderate Muslims who downplayed the link between Islam and terrorism.
‘There has been too much promotion of so called moderate voices of Islam who usually turn out be apologists for terrorism, desperate to dilute any link between terrorism and Islam and promoting a message of Muslim victimhood,’ he said.
‘They use voice after voice of from various religious Muslims, almost all of whom have identical views, that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism, Muslims are victims of racism and the real problem is racism and white nationalists.’
In the wake of the United Kingdom’s third terrorist attack in 10 weeks, Dr Ahmed said the mainstream media and politicians also needed to acknowledge terrorists were following the Koran.
‘It’s grounded in scripture. People who commit terrorism, they are actually more devout than many other Muslims. Their actions don’t come out of thin air, they’re following strict instructions,’ he said.
‘It’s important we don’t tarnish all Muslims but people are just so sick of the platitudes and calls for tolerance, for unity and that Muslims are victims when in fact there’s a great deal of sympathy in a significant proportion of the Muslim community for the justification of terrorism be it blaming Western colonialism, blaming racism, discrimination…..
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