JOHN Howard has singled out Muslim migrants for refusing to embrace Australian values and urged them to fully integrate by treating women as equals and learning to speak English.
Mr Howard said: "There is a section, a small section of the Islamic population, and I say a small section ... which is very resistant to integration.He's right. The comments prompted a fierce reaction from young female Islamic leader Iktimal Hage-Ali, a member of the Prime Minister's advisory group. She accused Mr Howard of threatening to further marginalise Muslims. "There's no value in pointing out the minority of the Muslim group," she said.
"There's a whole lot of other ethnic communities whose parents, whose grandparents don't speak the English language, and it's never a problem in the mainstream Australian community for them to go on living their everyday life without speaking the language.Iktimal Hage-Ali needs to come to grips with the fact that Islam has the monopoly on terrorism. The one common factor through all of the carnage throughout the world is 'Islam'. The terrorists are all either born or converts to Islam and that fact alone needs separate considerations. Too many of the Muslims migrating here publicly put down on our way of life or stand silent as others do. Physician, heal thyself.