The Islamic community plans to build a Muslim-only housing development and recreation centre as part of a $10 million complex in Rivervale. from The West Australian

look out Protium and TTE, you’ve got new neighbours. LOL

Now I don’t know if it’s just me, but building an anything only enclave doesn’t sound like a very inclusive idea. However, the spokesman for the Islamic Council of WA thinks differently:

Mr Ghauri rejected claims the housing would further isolate sectors of the Muslim community from mainstream society, claiming the venue would be used to teach Islamic youth how to become good Australian citizens.

or teach Islamic youth how to be good terrorists and suicide bombers.  oops did I just say that out loud?

Though I’m not the only one who thinks this might not be such a great idea.

Ethnic Communities Council president Ramdas Sankaran supported the development of a Muslim recreation hall but said a separate housing complex for any religious or ethnic group was a “deplorable” idea because it undermined social cohesion and promoted segregation.

So what do you think? Integration or Segregation?

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5 Comments to “Integration? Segregation?”

  1. seantheblogonaut says:

    Bad idea building a ghetto, what’s next, Islamic police? Sounds like a mini islamic state. You teach people to become good citizens by giving them the opportunity to participate in a pluralist multicultural society.

  2. vjack says:

    I think this is more complicated than it first appears. We in the U.S. used to be convinced that integration would solve our well-known race problem (i.e., whites can be insufferable bigots). Not only does it not appear to have worked particularly well, but there is some evidence that calls into question the central premise that greater contact with persons from diverse backgrounds will erase racial prejudice.

  3. vjack says:

    Totally off topic, but I keep meaning to suggest that you see about increasing the font size used in your comments. My eyes aren’t the best, but the small size makes it tough to read.

  4. ozatheist says:

    @ vjack, don’t think there is anything I can do about the font size, no access to underlying CSS as I’m using the free wordpress host. When I get of my lazy arse and transfer to my own host, I’ll install intense debate and make sure the whole thing has a goodly size font.

  5. Bruce says:

    @ vjack – in the past, Australia has had difficulties with integrating ethnic groups, but ultimately we’ve been successful. I suspect it may have something to do with multiculturalism Australian (and perhaps Canadian) style versus US Melting Pot philosophy.

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