A LONE SUNNI WOLF CALLED ALY
Waleed Aly is a writer for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, an ABC presenter, a regular on Channel 10's The Project and the new Chaser team ABC show, the name of which I can't remember because The Chaser chappies have become so forgettably unfunny.
The once mildly amusing Chaser undergraduates are now middle-aged, post-undergraduate yawns. I really want to smirk and laugh with them, but find myself rolling my eyes until I doze off..
Today one of their very unfunny team members, the aforesaid Aly has written a piece attempting to distance Islam from the 'lone wolf' random jihad attackers.
The publications for which Aly writes fail their readers badly by not disclosing that the writer is a Sunni Muslim (described only as ...'a Fairfax columnist. He hosts Drive on ABC Radio National and is a lecturer in politics at Monash University.)
It's important to know where Aly comes from when he's writing about Islam, because it allows the reader some perspective, just as reasonably expected from, say, a finance writer when writing on the merits of leveraging off equity, while practising mortgage broking.
Aly works hard to paint the 'lone wolf' attacks as having nothing to do with Islam.
His argument is that they all have had some sort of other issues in their life such as gambling, drug habits, unemployment, visiting strip clubs etc.
So that explains why they suddenly want to randomly chop off heads?
Many informed members of the public see right through Aly's taqiyya (lying for Islam is permissible to protect and advance Islam).
It's a shame the once honourable profession of journalism allows this misinformation to percolate.
Journalism once was about truth and informing the public without fear or favour, openly and transparently.
The truth is that random beheadings practised today are copy cat practices and teachings of the Islamic prophet Mohammed of 1400 years ago.
Just one of many examples:
Quran 8:12, "When your Lord revealed to the angels: I am with you, therefore make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them."
There have been an estimated 240 million people killed in the name of Islam since its inception 1400 years ago.
Since 9/11 there have been over 24,000 random acts of jihad terror by Muslims. All of them random misfits, Mr Aly?
The truth is Islam is a military, political and legal (Sharia Law) movement shrouded in religion. That's the problem.
There are many non-Muslims unemployed, drug users, strip club visitors and gamblers who don't go around randomly wanting to behead members of the public, because it's not in their thinking or religious indoctrination.
Unless and until the general media calls out the root cause of jihad acts of terror, without allowing excusers such as Waleed Aly to paper over the Islamic teachings link, readers will continue to feel cheated and uninformed by their news services, and will turn more to alternative sources for information.