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Islamic leaders call for ‘safe spaces’ for young Muslims to vent anger

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Islamic leaders are calling for taxpayers to fund ‘safe spaces’, where young Muslims can vent their anger.

The suggestion has come from the Islamic Council of Victoria, which the Herald Sun says is calling for funding from counter terrorism and anti-extremism programs to be used.

The idea is that young Muslims, who feel emotionally overloaded, can use those spaces to express views that may be inflammatory, so they avoid making the comments publicly, and being put under surveillance.

The Herald Sun says the submission to a parliamentary inquiry into freedom of religion says young Muslims can’t express irony, humour, anger or joy, meaning many have mental health issues.

The State Government has hit out at the suggestion, with the Minister for Multicultural affairs saying it’s wrong and unhelpful.

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