Common misstatement: "Muslims are terrorists...Muslims support terrorism...Muslims don't speak out against terrorism..."
Muslim Australians are our neighbours and our colleagues. They are the children in our schools and the parents in our parks. Like all of us, they want to live in safety and know their families are secure.
The vast majority of people who have been attacked by ISIL have been Muslim. The Muslim community always condemns terror attacks. Muslim leaders, including the Grand Mufti, condemn ISIL.
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.”
Sadly, extremist elements exist inside every group in society. But discrimination toward anyone, whether Catholic, Jewish, Muslim or atheist, is out of line with the values we hold dear.
For more information:
Debunking the Myths About Muslims in Australia
FactCheck Q&A: has the Grand Mufti of Australia condemned terrorist attacks overseas?
Muslim leaders including the Grand Mufti of Australia back fatwa against Islamic State