Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Islamic school rejection 'victory for racism'

(Waridaad)-A SYDNEY council's rejection of a proposed Islamic school is a victory for racism, a Muslim community organisation says.

Camden Council last night voted unanimously to reject a proposal for a 1200-student Islamic school, a decision that followed months of heated community meetings and the release of an adverse report by the council's planners last week.

Mayor Chris Patterson said the council's decision was based on concerns surrounding the impact on traffic flows, loss of agricultural land, highlighted in the planners report and not on religious grounds.

But the independent think tank FAIR (Forum on Australia's Islamic Relations) said the decision came as no surprise and was "a reflection of unwarranted fear and ignorance about Islam".......Read more

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