It’s time to face up to the Muslim fault line

Australia: “What political scientist Samuel Huntington once described as a ‘‘fault line’’ is opening in our society and it’s one that we can’t afford to ignore. Huntington said fault line conflicts can occur between groups with commitments to different civilisations. He maintained they were particularly prevalent between Muslims and non-Muslims.

According to the 2011 Census, there are about 476,000 Muslims in Australia — 2.2 per cent of the population. Almost half were born here. The overwhelming majority of them are peace-loving people who are proud Aussies.

Furthermore, Australians are generally tolerant of different religions. The Scanlon Foundation’s 2014 social cohesion report found that 84 per cent of us think multiculturalism has been good for Australia.

But the limits of this tolerance can soon be reached if any particular religion threatens the stability of the social compact.