Why are Conservatives hanging out with a fringe Muslim cleric with dubious credentials? - 2019-10-18
Four MPs and four senators from the Conservative party have been associating with a fringe Muslim cleric with dubious credentials who amplifies misinformation about Islamic extremism, National Observer has found.
Mohammad Tawhidi is an Australian who identifies himself as the "imam of peace," a title that has been disputed as he isn't affiliated with a mosque, doesn't seem to have many Muslim followers and doesn't have credentials he's claimed to hold.
Though he claims to be a religious reformer and speaks out against Islamic extremism, he also spreads Islamophobic conspiracy theories about the U.S.'s first two Muslim women in Congress, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, claiming that they have brought a terrorist agenda to Washington, D.C. He has also claimed without evidence that Muslim extremists are conspiring to "create a country" within Australia and name streets after terrorist murderers.