Myth: "Muslims are terrorists...Muslims support terrorism...Muslims don't speak out against terrorism..."

We suggest the following response:

This is not true. The Muslim community always condemns terror attacks. Muslim leaders, including the Grand Mufti, condemn ISIL. The vast majority of people who have been attacked by ISIL have been Muslim.

The Muslim community is actively working with police and other law enforcement and security agencies to combat radicalisation.

Even Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader Barnaby Joyce has rejected this myth. In response to Pauline Hanson's call for a ban on Muslim immigration to Australia, Joyce said -

What happens if we turn that on its head and start banning people because they're Catholics or because they're Protestants or because they're Jewish? Every group has their ratbags, even Catholics. We had, in the past, the IRA (Irish Republican Army) but if someone says every Catholic is a member of the IRA, I'd say no. They have nothing to do with the religion that I practise. Islam at the moment also has a lunatic fringe.

Joyce is right. Extremist elements exist inside every group in society. We should not stereotype based on the actions of a very small minority. 

For more information:

Debunking the Myths About Muslims in Australia

http://www.erc.org.au/debunking_myths_muslims

FactCheck Q&A: has the Grand Mufti of Australia condemned terrorist attacks overseas?

https://theconversation.com/factcheck-qanda-has-the-grand-mufti-of-australia-condemned-terrorist-attacks-overseas-62688

Muslim leaders including the Grand Mufti of Australia back fatwa against Islamic State

www.smh.com.au/national/muslim-leaders-including-the-grand-mufti-of-australia-back-fatwa-against-isis-20160101-glxtbp.html


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