MUSLIM groups not invited to the Prime Minister John Howard's terrorism summit last month are to hold their own peak gathering - on September 11.
The PM's office yesterday described the timing - the fourth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the US - as unfortunate.
Muslim community leaders admitted yesterday the timing was controversial, but said the date should be reclaimed as one of healing, not of Islamic terror.
This is where I pick my jaw up. Why on earth would we not see 9/11 as an anniversary of Islamic terror?
Wasn't that when thousands of people were killed courtesy of planes flying into buildings and fields?
Jets hijacked by Islamic fundamentalists? An atrocity claimed without remorse by Osama Bin Laden as part of an Islamic struggle for domination in the world?
What part of this is unclear?
Labor leader Kim Beazley questioned the choice of date.
"It's certainly confronting," Mr Beazley said. "While it may have been done with the best intentions it will not sit comfortably with a lot of Australians. I think it is unwise."
Mr Beazley, "confronting" is a bit wishy-washy even for you. Confronting? I confront my bank when it comes to overcharging on my credit card. I confront poor service in restaurants.
This date is a deliberate smack in the face of those who suffered and died - the living and the dead. Maybe it's a test of our so-called tolerance laws.
I don't know for sure, but I do find it incredibly offensive and insensitive.
About 500 delegates from a range of Australian Islamic community and ethnic groups are to attend the meeting at the University of Sydney.
It has been organised by the Affinity Intercultural Foundation, an interfaith Muslim organisation founded in 2001.
"We must reclaim this date," said Affinity organiser Mehmet Saral."
"That date was the date Islam was recognised as the religion of terror," he said.
And the problem with Islam being recognised at the religion of terror is.....?
Okay, we have 9/11, Bali, Madrid, London.
Do I hear an Oklahoma City? Sorry? That wasn't orchestrated by Islamic fundamentalists? oops. My bad.
And that's without thinking.
Imagine what a bit of brainpower could throw up.