Appreciate Respect Shown
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
JMA wrote to the Shepparton News about an opinion piece titled “Respect Ramadan Values” (22/06/15). The article was a positive change for a faith group that is frequently covered by the media and usually in negative terms. A minor correction was pointed out that the Ramadan fast is from dawn to sunset rather than from sunrise as indicated. And although the list of exemptions may not have been exhaustive, includes children who have not reached puberty and menstruating women. The use of the word ‘ignorance’ may have been a bit harsh, but the piece certainly does improve awareness and promotes better harmony between diverse communities.
Andrew Bolt corrects Mufti error
Wednesday, 22 April 2015
On Monday 20 April 2015 the Herald Sun published an opinion piece by columnist Andrew Bolt titled “Hidden profits from halal certificates should be exposed and stopped.”
JMA wrote to the columnist about several issues in the article. In it he referred to the Catholic faith as “a controversial dogma.”
JMA enquired as to how the PM might feel about his faith being associated with the phrase as well as the term “sneaky” which was also used. JMA also highlighted that the columnist singled out halal certification for scrutiny but did not state whether the federal government certification proposal should include kosher products or not. Finally, he inaccurately reported that the Grand Mufti of Australia was appointed by Muslims Australia. Mr Bolt agreed to correct the error and subsequently removed all online references including several negative imputations to the current Mufti of Australia.