I have noticed that there has been no Muslim Community leaders coming out and expressing horror and sadness at the murder of a police service employee in cold blood by a 15 year old radicalised Muslim shouting out Allah as he fired his gun. Just watching the channel 9 News, there was one Muslim leader who felt that it was a really appropriate time to remind Australians that “Islam is a religion of peace.” But said nothing else. It’s a tired mantra that clearly elements within the Muslim Community do not live by.
This is how the Sydney Morning Herald is reporting the murder.
NSW Police have confirmed that a 15-year-old boy was the lone gunman who shot dead a police employee outside the state’s headquarters in Sydney’s west.
The teenager shouted religious slogans before firing one shot in the back of the head of a police finance worker as the employee was heading home on Friday afternoon.
The police employee has been named as Curtis Cheng, a 17-year veteran of the police force. Police say the shooter is of Iraqi-Kurdish background and was born in Iran.
“We believe that his actions were politically motivated and therefore linked to terrorism,” NSW police Commissioner, Andrew Scipione told reporters in Sydney.
Mr Scipione said police had no information to suggest the gunman posed “this type of threat”.
So I got to thinking. If I was a Muslim Leader in Australia, what would I say. So here is what I think is an appropriate statement.
My fellow Australians, Today I speak on behalf of all Australian Muslims and I express our most sincere condolences to Curtis Cheng’s family. His killing is unacceptable and certainly not something we want to see as part of Australian life.
We accept that there are some people within the Muslim Community that are susceptible to being radicalised. By this term we mean brainwashed into an extremity of Islamist theology that celebrates killing non Muslims. I categorically reject the process of radicalisation and other Muslim Community Leaders and myself are committed to ensuring that our Mosques are not used for this purpose. We commit to work with the Australian Police Force across all states to ensure that there is open and honest dialogue between us and the police and that they have our full co-operation.
The majority of Australian Muslims are peace loving and enjoy living in this country much. As a Community leader I call on the small percentage of Muslims who are or have been radicalised and I would say, stand down. We do not support what you do, you do not represent our faith and I distance myself and your fellow Muslims from you and your actions.