SOAPBOX: Should ISIL mum be allowed back in Australia?
SHOULD the government allow Tara Sharrouf and her children to return to Australia, despite them following Tara's husband Khaled when he went to fight for ISIL?
To be honest, I don't know.
Even as someone who has Muslim friends both here and overseas and is appalled by the bigotry and small-minded stupidity of the Coast's ongoing anti-mosque debate, I am torn by the issue of Tara and her kids.
I support Australia being able to tear up the citizenship of anyone who goes to fight for ISIL, although I do not like the power being in the hands of just one politician.
But it's whether that ban should be extended to wives and children that troubles me.
Tara followed her husband to Syria, where he and fellow Australian terrorist Mohamed Elomar were apparently killed. Now Tara's mother is begging for them to be allowed to return home.
I have seen nothing to confirm Tara actually wants to return to Australia but if she does, can we as a compassionate community leave her to wallow in a dangerous, war-torn country?
She followed her husband but did she have any choice? Is she a subservient Muslim wife or does she share his hatred of the West?
More importantly, should we punish her innocent children for her "sins"?
Maybe we should allow Tara and her family to return to Australia under strict supervisory conditions, much like a prisoner on parole.
If she shows any signs of being a radical or sympathetic to the ISIL cause, we could send her back and leave her children with their grandparents.
What I do know is that it's a decision I'm glad I don't have to make.