Of course Doureihi would not condemn Islamic State because that is what Hizb ut-Tahrir wants. A caliphate is their objective.
Those Muslims who cry Islamophobia repeatedly when asked about terrorism and Islam do themselves a disservice by not engaging with the ideas inherent in Islam that might lend themselves to actions of violent confrontation.
But the tragic truth is that in addition to counter-terrorism raids and airstrikes lasting days and weeks, we must prepare for a centuries-long ideological struggle with an enemy who is opposed to fundamental human rights.
The Sydney Morning Herald article asks why Brantly arrogantly assumed that God deemed him more worthy of saving than the 1400 people who have died of the disease.
Those who hold 'traditional' values are unable to any longer look with certainty to the wider society for support; they will instead be labeled as 'anti' one-thing or another.
It is not all that long ago that Australia was in the grip of other bitter, very bitter, conflict between the Protestant and Catholic branches of Christianity.
It is quite possible the Catholic Church is wealthy enough to pay for all its schools effectively making the approximately $5B+ contributed by the Commonwealth redundant.
The re-enchantment of the world by way of the Christian story and the art that attends it exists in parallel with our physical understanding of how the world works.
Who we are as people is defined by things much deeper than how we define our sexuality.
Given the universal human rights of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly etc etc, should there be a separate and additional category of religious rights?
If people are hungry for spiritual fulfilment at writers festivals, then they'll end up starving.
Our gods, not even recognised as gods but given the same reverence, are such as human rights, freedom of choice and speech and democracy.