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April 25, 2003

Religion of Peace

This was published in the Australian Jewish News by myself this week.

We are told that Islam is a religion of peace and that terrorists are using and abusing the religion to justify their heinous acts.

Given that the religion does have a sanction against those they see as blasphemous - the fatwa, or religious decree - why have we not seen a fatwa issued against Bin Laden and every other terrorist group stating that it is acting in Islam's name?

If an author who is non-violent, Salman Rushdie, could have a sentence of death imposed on him, how much more deserving of such a sentence should those who take others' lives be?