December 9th 2006

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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: Australia's Pacific woes - what can be done?

EDITORIAL: Uranium: the way ahead

COLE INQUIRY: Single desk and farmers the victims of AWB fall-out

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Chinese organ-harvesting under scrutiny

ECONOMICS: Free-market capitalism's champion dies

SCHOOLS: Education at sea without a moral compass

ABORTION: Five doctors and a dead baby

THE SIEGE: A first-hand account of the G-20 protest

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Violence in Toy Town / There is nothing quite like free choice / Swatting insects / The future of Christians in the Middle East / The Golden Walking Stick Award

THE WORLD: Will Europe survive?

OPINION: Unemployment figures: lies, damned lies and statistics

Sheik al Hilaly has lost the plot (letter)

Democrats' win in U.S. elections (letter)

Affordable housing (letter)

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Unwed mothers / Populism / France ZUS

BOOKS: PERSECUTION: How liberals are waging war against Christianity, by David Limbaugh


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Sheik al Hilaly has lost the plot (letter)

by Greg O'Regan

News Weekly, December 9, 2006


It is orthodox Islam for Imam Hilaly to speak against immodesty of dress. However, he expressed himself so crudely and cruelly, from a position of authority in a national mosque.

The wonder is that his speech became public.

Modesty was always been insisted upon by the Christian churches which preach the sacredness of the human body. They teach that flaunting our bodies in vanity or in ways to incite the opposite sex plays on human weaknesses.

The Christian churches would point to the Commandments and the tough words of Christ that "whosoever shall look on a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultery with her in his heart." (Matt 5:28).

Regrettably, given the prevalence today of hedonism and the commercial exploitation of women, church views won't cut much ice publicly.

For all the local fuss, however, the Imam has "form" and probably dual citizenship.

Since his arrival in 1982, he has abused his position of authority and privilege, has incited hatred - for which he came near to deportation - and has proclaimed views deliberately inflammatory and unacceptable in this land.

He has shown no propensity to learn from reactions to his serial outbursts, regardless of the excuses his spokesmen manufacture. He should be stripped of his authority, and have his Australian citizenship revoked.

Deportation to the country of his alternate citizenship seems a proper punishment for him and an example to others.

Hilaly's actions over the years go to the question of how much should a tolerant society bear from those who are intolerant of it and treat its laws and values with scorn.

Greg O'Regan,
Farrer, ACT

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