Friday, September 01, 2006

Australian prime minister says that Muslims must integrate

Richard Kerbaj:

JOHN Howard says he has no need to apologise for telling Muslims they need to embrace Australian values.

Mr Howard sparked controversy yesterday after singling out Muslim migrants for refusing to embrace Australian values and urged them to fully integrate by treating women as equals and learning to speak English.

The call for a shift in attitude among some Muslims infuriated community leaders and comes as The Australian revealed the Prime Minister's own Islamic advisers have already accused Mr Howard and senior ministers of fuelling hatred and mistrust by using "inflammatory and derogatory" language.

But Mr Howard today stood by his comments. "I don't apologise," he told reporters. "I think they are missing the point and the point is that I don't care and the Australian people don't care where people come from.

"There's a small section of the Islamic population which is unwilling to integrate and I have said generally all migrants ... they have to integrate."

Mr Howard said during a talkback radio discussion yesterday: "There is a section, a small section of the Islamic population, and I say a small section ... which is very resistant to integration.

"Fully integrating means accepting Australian values, it means learning as rapidly as you can the English language if you don't already speak it.

"And it means understanding that in certain areas, such as the equality of men and women ... people who come from societies where women are treated in an inferior fashion have got to learn very quickly that that is not the case in Australia."

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At 9:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If only the rest of the western world thought as he does.....

At 10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely!! If the immigrants have left their home country and come to a new country which gives them a better life in every sense. Why should there be any reason for them not integrate and be a part of the country that gave them this opportunity, which they could not even dream of in theis homelands

At 6:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope that the United States grows a pair and tells the ACLU this is how it is going to be in this country from now on. This is America, founded on Christian beliefs, english speaking, and proud of the flag and all it represents. We say the pledge of allegiance and love apple pie. If you would like to live here, learn the language and shut up!!! No habla ESPANIOL!!!


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