Skip to comments.I must preach holy war, says teacher
Posted on 08/04/2005 3:33:36 PM PDT by naturalman1975
A Melbourne radical Islamic teacher last night described Osama bin Laden as "a great man" and declared he would be betraying his religion if he told students not to train in terrorist camps.
Abdul Nacer Benbrika, also known as Abu Bakr, said: "My religion doesn't tolerate other religion . . . Jihad is a part of my religion."
ASIO revoked Mr Benbrika's passport earlier this year, the ABC reported, and it recently raided and questioned him. But although it took papers, charges had not been laid.
Earlier this week former ASIO officer Michael Roach said Australia had about a dozen terrorist cells, with up to 60 individuals in Sydney and Melbourne. Australian Federal Police chief Mick Keelty has confirmed this.
Last night's inflammatory statements came as Prime Minister John Howard said he had been briefed yesterday about possible changes to strengthen the law on terrorism. He said he would be saying something about the matter shortly.
It is likely to be discussed when Coalition leaders meet today for wide-ranging talks before Parliament resumes next week after the long winter break. The meeting will be attended by Mr Howard, new National Party leader Mark Vaile, Peter Costello, Warren Truss, Robert Hill and Nick Minchin.
Mr Howard said the Algerian-born Mr Benbrika, who lives in Melbourne's northern suburbs and has been in Australia for 16 years, was "a person of interest to the relevant government agencies" and he had to be careful what he said about him.
Mr Benbrika told The 7.30 Report, which reported that some of his students had gone to overseas terrorist training: "According to my religion, here, I don't accept all other religion except the religion of Islam."
He said he was "not involved in anything here. I am teaching my brothers here the Koran and the Sunna and I'm trying my best to keep myself, my family, my kids and the Muslims close to this religion".
"I am telling you that my religion doesn't tolerate other religion. It doesn't tolerate. The only one law which needs to spread, it can be here or anywhere else, has to be Islam."
Pressed on why he did not tell students not to go abroad for terrorist training, he said: "If I do this, it means I am betraying my religion."
"Jihad is a part of my religion and what you have to understand (is) that anyone who fight for this sake of Allah . . . when he dies, the first drop of blood that comes from him . . . all his sin will be forgiven."
He described Osama bin Laden as "a great man. Osama bin Laden was a great man before 11 September, which they said he did . . . and until now nobody knows who did it".
He said the problem was that there were two laws - Australian law and Islamic law.
Mr Howard strongly rejected the notion of two laws. "Suggestions that there is an exclusivity of religious belief in this country is against the values we hold," he said. "It's also very unfair and damaging to those hundreds of thousands of Muslim Australians who share my view . . . that we should respect other religions and we should try and live in tolerance and harmony."
Mr Howard said he thought Australians were more nervous because of the London bombings. "What has shaken people about the London attacks is that it was apparently carried out by native-born people. I think that shook people and made people realise, well if that can happen in a country like England . . . it could happen in Australia."
Is there any question what should be done with this (you fill in the name)...??
Why hasn't this idiot been turned into the first casuality of this jehad?
I guess I need to change my tagline...they must have taken my advise...sheesh!
That's cool. Just don't mention Jesus Christ or utter any insult, no matter how slight, towards homos and you're A-OK, chief.
That makes him a legitimate war target.
He preaches this crap and sends others to do what he himself is too cowardly to do. I wish his followers would wise up! They're going to the hell holes and dying while the ones sending them stay alive and live the good life.
I hope Australia deports his sorry bottom back to one of those hell holes he is so eager to send others to.
Hmmmm, so the guy's running around free to preach blood and death due to....tough antiterrorism laws similar to the ones which totally failed Britain?
Why do they all look like orangutans? It's insulting to the orangutans.
Finally, one of them tells it like it is. I have no doubt that there will be a screeching sound from the left and Cair that this guy is not truly representative of Islam, but it is evident to anyone who wishes to look that Islam is a religion of violence and terror.
Hey, at least this fellow isn't lying about Islam like CAIR.
Yeah, he must have missed the talking points memo. They need to force feed this wad of puss pork products then drop him off from 10,000 feet over the nearest muzzy country.
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