Premier's prayer group audit a political stunt, says Muslim
A LISMORE Muslim brother says audits of public school prayer groups to identify if students were being exposed to violent extremist ideologies is an attack on Islamic culture.
Brother Zhahzad Rana said he had been living in Lismore for 12 years and had never seen or heard of Muslim extremist messages being spread locally, especially among school children.
"There are good and bad people in every community, in every religion, and when politicians bring in these laws that's where they get their votes," he said.
"It's just a political stunt.
"We don't want extremism at all, but at the same time we want to have the freedom to express our religion.
"I've been to a lot of Muslim places in Australia and none of them teach extremism.
"But if anybody is teaching students' extremism they should look into it and they shouldn't let it happen."