Halal caterers had to bring in special dinnerware for Malcolm Turnbull’s Ramadan feast in submission to the religious demands of Muslims who refused to eat from plates previously used by those not of their faith…Muslims who included a notorious anti-gay Islamofascist cleric.
UK Daily Mail Mr Turnbull became the first Australian prime minister to host an iftar – an evening feast to mark the end of a day of fasting – breaking bread with faith leaders at Kirribilli House on Thursday night. But of the 75 carefully selected guests, which included a anti-gay Islamist preacher, Muslim demanded to use special crockery in a bid to abide by strict religious regulations in the ‘holiest of months.’
‘The meal was prepared and served using equipment, including crockery, supplied by both Kirribilli House and the contracted caterer,’ a spokeswoman for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet told the Herald Sun.
‘Cultural and religious sensitivities were respected,’ the department spokeswoman said. The multi-faith feast featured representatives from Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist faiths, including recent Gold Logie winner Waleed Aly and his wife, Susan Carland.
Sheikh Shady Al-Suleiman, who previously said gays should be punished by Allah with AIDS and HIV, was also present at the dinner, although Mr Turnbull later condemned his ‘radical’ views. (Then why invite him?)
The sheikh denied he held radical anti-gay views in a statement issued on Friday after a video posted in April 2013 recorded him saying if homosexuality was out in the open ‘amongst a tribe… Allah will send on them diseases’.
Mr Turnbull emphasised the importance of tolerance telling the dinner acts of terror like Sunday’s massacre in Orlando are perpetrated to divide along lines of race, religion, sect and sexuality – but that kind of hatred and division must not prevail.
Mr Turnbull described Ramadan – the period in which Muslims fast from food and water between dawn and sunset – as a special time of forgiveness, reflection and spiritual renewal. (And as many terror attacks as possible)
‘By breaking bread across religions and by bringing diverse people together, we are embodying Islam’s emphasis on human diversity,’ he said reciting a Koranic verse.
Singling out young Muslims, Mr Turnbull acknowledged the important contribution Muslims had made to Australian society. (Like what?)