A group of Muslims in the city of Camden in Australia wanted to build a school for their children just as Christians or Jews have religious centered schools for their youngsters. Several residents testified allowing an Islamic school in their quaint Christian community would led to a generation of young people schooled in the art of war. According to Judith Bond, “values of violence will be emphasized. It will be a breeding ground for terrorists.” Other residents feared allowing a Muslim school would lead to ending Christmas decorations of nativity scenes at Christmas. Kate McCullogh summed up the feelings of some residents by making clear, “let’s start making people understand that the Western way of life is the best way of life.”
This is a minor episode in the war to demonize Muslims, but it raises several ironic issues. Australia was founded by convicts from England which suggests that crime and criminals predate the appearance of any Muslims. The Australian Christians who oppose violence and war somehow found a way to wipe out large numbers of the aborigine population which got in their way. Sorry, Aussies, you will always come out ahead of Muslims in the race as to who is the most violent group in Australia.