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Salt Mine and Islamic Students

28 Jul

I would refer you to their site, but it is on CJB.net, and at the moment (at least here in the Internet Cafe) that very dodgy service is generating online crashes in Internet Explorer. NEVER hook your site to CJB.net! It sucks bigtime.

Then some malicious person may have sabotaged them: it did happen once before.

I was at the Mine this morning, after breakfast coffee at The Roaster with The Rabbit, who had to be at his Mine at 9.00 am also. No Bob Carr sighting today. But there were lots of NSW police and Australian Federal Police Protective Service officers (“the principal provider of efficient, cost-effective & reliable protective security and custodial services for, and on behalf of, the Commonwealth Government”) arresting someone in Elizabeth Street. The fun was over by the time The Rabbit arrived, and the AFPP people came in and had coffee…

But back at the Mine I had a frustrating morning as the data entry I needed was not finished, so I must go back tomorrow, and to the Girls Mine about that 4-Unit English major work I am reading.

However, I did find one of our leading 16-year-old Muslims reading the printed version of my English and ESL Blog, which I have on the noticeboard outside my office. He really liked the extract from Karen Armstrong, saying he wished more people had her knowledge. We talked about blowing people up, a practice he does not endorse. In fact he showed me the statement he and his colleagues are putting in next week’s Salt Mine Newsletter.

He tells me that other kids in the school have in general been tolerant and supportive of him and his friends, which I was pleased to hear, but that the community backlash really had been fierce from his point of view. He is a very fine young man.

Their statement is pretty much along similar lines to those issued by The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils.

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Posted by on July 28, 2005 in Australia and Australian, education, ex-students and coachees, friends, fundamentalism and extremism, Islam, personal, Salt Mine

 

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