The fact that he is a Muslim cleric was highlighted several times in the piece - again, not necessary or relative. There are terrorists in every religion. The derogatory attitudes towards asylum seekers and Muslims in Australia needs to stop.
I didn't see the original article/story but I assume it was along the lines of the email forwards/FB statuses that say "illegal immigrants are coming to Aus and stealing all your taxpayer dollars!!!!". A friend's mum who is one of the loveliest people I know used to forward them to me and I was so saddened that she either had those views or was taken in by them.
My entire team at work used to have discussions about the same topic where they were all convinced of the same thing and also that Muslims were coming to Australia and trying to force Sharia Law on us all. I don't understand how intelligent people can think these things because they read some second-rate article or hear something on the news about boat people without doing further research themselves.
It seems a lot of Australians are very passionately against boat people/Muslims without knowing anything more than "boat people are bad and Muslims are terrorists" and that saddens me.
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