Sunday 11 December 2016

Defending our Western values is the only way to take a firm stand against Isil terrorist atrocities

Viewing all Muslims as 'helpless victims' is a trap that Western thinkers have fallen into, argues Carol Hunt

Published 27/03/2016 | 02:30

Donald Tusk: The EU and its institutions stand united in the face of terrorism Photo: REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
Donald Tusk: The EU and its institutions stand united in the face of terrorism Photo: REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Did you hear what Imam Ibrahim Noonan said?" Joe Duffy asked Dr Ali Selim who had just come on air. "That there is a moral ambivalence in the Cultural Centre in Clonskeagh about what is happening?" Noonan is the Imam of the Galway Ahmadiyya mosque, a sect of Islam seen as heretical by most Sunni Muslims and which is persecuted in many Muslim states.

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The Cultural Centre in Clonskeagh is Ireland's largest Sunni mosque. In 2011, it was forced to deny claims, outlined in a US diplomatic cable (released by Wikileaks), that it is dominated by groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood with links to radical clerics.

Earlier on RTE Radio, Sean O'Rourke had asked Selim, who is from the Clonskeagh mosque: "And are you unambiguous in your condemnation of the radicalism that's behind these terrorist attacks?"

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