So why all the fuss? An Australian Muslim explains


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Sheik Shady Al-Suleiman.

…Mr Turnbull said his department would not have invited Sheik Shady Al-Suleiman to an Iftar dinner at Kirribilli House to mark Ramadan last night if he was aware of the offensive comments he made about homosexuals.

“I do regret his invitation. He was invited in an official capacity as president of the Imam Council and the guest list was assembled by my department,” he told 3AW.

“If I had been aware he had made those remarks about homosexuals and gay people, he would not have been invited.”

Mr Turnbull said he was told of Sheik Shady Al-Suleiman’s offensive comments and videos at last night’s dinner by a staffer.

The Sheik once called AIDS a divine punishment for gays and for adulterers to be stoned to death.

Online videos also show Sheik Shady saying women would be “hung by their breasts in hell” and women should not even look at men.

The Australian-born Sheik has also previously called on God to help “destroy the enemies of Islam” and for adulterers to be stoned to death.

Mr Turnbull condemned the sheik’s remarks.

“That’s the first time I have heard of that and it’s completely unacceptable,” Mr Turnbull said.

“I condemn remarks of that kind. They have no place in Australian law or Australian culture.”In online videos Shiek Shady has called for the killing of women who engage in premarital sex: “Remember that if there is an Islamic state the punishment of zina [sex outside marriage], the punishment of those who commit zina, if they have never been married before, they will be lashed 100 lashes,” he says.

“If they are married while they committed zina, or previously been married and divorced, and they committed zina, then their punishment is stoning to death.”

This doesn’t sound like condemning the sin not the sinner does it?

Mr Turnbull told the gathering of about 60 people, the first of its kind hosted by a Prime Minister, to unite against extremism.

“The aim of extremists including those committing violence through a warped and nihilist interpretation of religion is to divide us and to turn our citizens against each other — but we will not let them win,” Mr Turnbull said.

“Acts of terror like Sunday’s massacre in Orlando are perpetrated to divide us along lines of race, religion, sect and sexuality — but that kind of hatred and division must not prevail.

“We must stand together like we do tonight as one Australian family united against terrorism, racism, discrimination and violence.”

…“Mutual respect is the key to the success of our diverse, tolerant, multicultural society.”

…Victorian Labor MP Michael Danby said: “After Orlando, in particular, Malcolm Turnbull ought to have had the sense to slam the door in the face of this despicable hate-preacher.

“It is now clearly established that hateful words directly lead to Orlando-style horror,” he said

“The standard you invite to dinner is the standard you accept.”

Sheik Alsuleiman said he ‘’unequivocally’’ rejected the claim he called for the punishment of gay people.

“As an Australian and a Muslim I unreservedly condemn the vilification and oppression of any group of people based on race, religion, gender, sexuality, or other criteria for that matter,’’ he said in a statement.

Yeah right, unless you belong to that group of women who have had sex outside of marriage. If you are that sex and belong to that group he has stated that you should be lashed or stoned to death. Given those are his views for that group of people, how believable is his denial of his views about homosexuality? He clearly thinks sinners should be punished here on earth by Sharia ( Islamic) law. Sharia law in Islamic countries punishes homosexuals for being gay. That is an undeniable fact.

He said Islam “espouses there is no compulsion in religion and diversity is the norm.’’

“As human beings, we need to come together to overcome and combat the hate that is fuelling so much violence in the world today.’’

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