Wednesday, September 20, 2006

First rule of the Islam club.. Don't talk about the Islam Club.

World: Non-Muslims of world, check yourself before you wreck yourself.

Non-Muslims should practise selfcensorship to avoid triggering violent reactions, a prominent Perth Muslim says. In the wake of violent attacks over a speech by Pope Benedict XVI that linked the Prophet Mohammed’s teachings to violence, Perth academic Samina Yasmeen said religious and community leaders should stop speaking about Islamic icons to avoid causing offence. Associate Professor Yasmeen, director of the University of WA’s centre for Muslim states and societies, accused the Pope of deliberately provoking the aggression by inviting criticism of Mohammed. She said the Pope and other religious leaders had the same responsibility as Islamic clerics to avoid encouraging violence by followers. Previous emotive reactions, such as the violence following the publication of cartoons depicting Mohammed and Salman Rushdie’s 1988 novel The Satanic Verses, should have warned people not to criticise Islam. Professor Yasmeen denied that the first reaction of many Muslims to perceived insults was violence, despite calls by some clerics to kill those who insult Islam and the murder of an Italian nun in Somalia. “I am not supportive of people killing and blowing things up, but people need to start looking at selfcensorship,” she said.

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