The sleepy rural town of Young in the cherry-picking heart of NSW has undergone a radical transformation.
It is now the unofficial Muslim capital of the outback.
Arabic is the second-most common language in Young, about 150km northwest of Canberra, which has a population of 400 Muslims.
Local police say they are concerned about the potential radicalisation of youths, and The Daily Telegraph found one former musician convert who says he would marry off his 13-year-old daughter if Australian law permitted it.
Mohammad Carson, formerly Thomas Carson, says he believes sharia law should be enacted globally, that the September 11 attacks were a conspiracy and “had nothing to do with Islam”, that Osama bin Laden was trained by the CIA, and that anyone “stealing a phone” should have their hand cut off…
Well, isn’t that just grand? This is what happens when Islam gets a foothold in your country. He could be your son. And since Islam is a black hole — there is no escape — it will never go away, only suck more and more people in.