February 27, 2003


Militant Aborigines embrace Islam to seek empowerment (Kathy Marks, 28 February 2003, Independent)
Militant young Aborigines are converting to Islam in increasing numbers, and some are flirting with the fundamentalist ideologies that have inspired recent terrorism.

There are an estimated 1,000 indigenous Muslims in Australia, including new recruits and descendants of mixed marriages. Some Aborigines are embracing Islam for spiritual reasons, but many say it gives them a sense of worth that they have lacked as members of an oppressed minority.

Somehow one doesn't normally associate elevated self-worth with suicide bombing. Posted by Orrin Judd at February 27, 2003 6:51 PM

Is it coincidental that blacks in the U.S. went through a wave of conversions to Islam?

Solomon's comment -- "It's not a part of our religion to stand there and get stepped on. That's why Islam is so good for the Aboriginal people." -- sounds combative.

Posted by: pj at February 27, 2003 8:23 PM


I hate the way Islam is becoming a soapbox for groups who just want to kill Whitey.

Posted by: M Ali Choudhury at February 27, 2003 8:24 PM

The main thing that bothered me about the article was the ASIO's statement alluding to Solomon not being allowed back into the country due to counter-terrorism laws. I have to call into question any country supporting the rejection of one of the world's most prominent and important religions. Muslim does not equal terrorist.

Posted by: Robert Nagoda at February 27, 2003 8:52 PM

Australia barely conceals its contempt for non-whites, as witness John Howard's canny exploitation of a shipful of Asians trying to illegally land in Australia last election.

Posted by: oj at February 28, 2003 9:28 AM

That's dated, Orrin. The white Australia policy of a long generation ago is dead as policy. Australia has a largish non-white population -- and of course Queensland has imported Melanesian labor for more than a century.

Posted by: Harry at February 28, 2003 12:55 PM

Once again the world is defined as the West and the rest. Hesperophobia used to be called Marxist-Lenism, now it's Islam. So what else is new?

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 28, 2003 3:54 PM