While one must be respectful of religious scruples and dictates, it defies belief, that if what has been reported in the
Sydney Daily Telegraph is true.
An Aussie policeman died from a brain aneurysm.
His mates were excluded from his funeral because they were not Muslim
Furthermore his brother was very upset by the cleric's directive that his mates leave.MOURNERS were told they were "not welcome" by a cleric at a former policeman's funeral because they were non-Muslims.
The family of Erdinc Ozen, a former police officer and member of the navy reserves, are demanding an apology following the incident at Sydney's Auburn Gallipoli Mosque last month.
Mr Ozen, a Turkish-born Australian who served as a policeman until 2011, died from a brain aneurysm last month.
His mates were then forbidden to carry his coffin.His brother Tunc said a number of senior police and friends from his fishing club at the Seven Hills-Toongabbie RSL left the service after the unexpected directive from acting president Dr Abdurrahman Asaroglu. Others attending included an 87-year-old World War II veteran and former NSW premier Nathan Rees.
"He told everyone it's a Muslim prayer service, all women and non-Muslims were not welcome and they had to leave the mosque area," Tunc Ozen said.
"All of his friends were not Muslim, so they had to leave - it was a big shock. It upset a lot of people."
Erdinc's brother has written to the Turkish Embassy complaining about the cleric Dr Abdurrahman Asaroglu.Most hurtful for his family was that when it came time to move Erdinc's coffin, his closest friends were not allowed to take part in the proceedings.
"These complete strangers were grabbing my brother's coffin, not his mates, as a result of what this bloke had said," Mr Ozen said.
This would have happened in the long past when Protestant mates were forbidden to partake in the funeral rites of a Roman Catholic mate.
It is part of the transition of bigoted, tribal migrants to being Australian.
We need to throw away all these overbred religious patriarchal tribal poobahs from our Australian society.
Let us all learn from it.
And may I say Dr Abdurrahman Asaroglu, if this story is true, you need to read your Koran again.
The Prophet would not be pleased.