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#40608 - 13 Jan 07 23:51 Open Mouth to Change Foot
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Sheikh Hilali, the Sydney-based Mufti of Australia, said on Egyptian TV that Muslims were more entitled to be in Australia than those with a convict ancestry.

"The Anglo-Saxons arrived in Australia in shackles," he said. "We (Muslims) came as free people. We bought our own tickets. We are entitled to Australia more than they are".
He also hit out at the anger in Australia surrounding his comments last September in which he compared scantily-dressed women to "uncovered meat".

He insisted he was not justifying rape and that his comments had been taken out of context, and suggested domestic politics was at the core of the controversy.

"As we would say in Egypt, they play the fear card to keep the Muslim community down, and they start with me because I am known in that community," he said.

Mr Howard said the Sheikh's latest remarks would bring a "wry smile to the face of Australians who don't actually feel the least bit offended that many of our ancestors came here as convicts.

"It's almost a badge of honour for many Australians," he added.
However, Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone said the Sheikh should respect Australia or stay away.

"I remind Sheikh al-Hilali that if he doesn't like Australia, our heritage or our way of life, he doesn't have to come back," she said.

Federal opposition leader Kevin Rudd said the Muslim cleric appeared to be "several sandwiches short of a picnic".
Muslim leaders in Australia appeared to be distancing themselves from his remarks.
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#40672 - 14 Jan 07 12:00 Re: Open Mouth to Change Foot [Re: Dilli]
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Today i seen on tv he said " He love Australia! "
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