“Deradicalisation programs” have routinely failed, and will likely continue to do so.
Because they start from the false premise that jihadis misunderstand Islamic teachings. When in reality, the problem is jihadis understand Islamic teachings too well, and the safety of disbelievers is threatened accordingly.
“Deradicalisation helpline Step Together receives ‘around five calls in two months'”, ABC, by James Thomas, September 28, 2017:
A multi-million-dollar government helpline set up to support people worried their family or friends may be at risk of violent extremism appears to be failing to gain traction.
The Step Together helpline was launched in Juneby the New South Wales Minister for Counter Terrorism, David Elliot.
Costing $3.9 million over three years, the initiative is part of a $47 million program designed to fight radicalisation following the murder of NSW police accountant Curtis Cheng.
The helpline markets itself as an advice and counselling service, and is staffed by professional counsellors seven days a week from 7:00am to 9:00pm.
But Mr Elliot has confirmed the helpline had only received “around five phone calls” in the two months since its launch.
One source, who spoke to the ABC on condition of anonymity, said: “It costs millions, but only a few people have called it. One call was a wrong number, the other was a parent worried their kid was dating a Muslim.”
Prominent Muslim community leaders have also told the ABC they warned the NSW Government the helpline was unlikely to be trusted if it was linked to intelligence gathering or policing agencies.
Despite this, Mr Elliott said the Government expected the low volume of calls to increase, “as the marketing efforts gradually expand”.
He added that the associated website had received 800 hits.
Mr Elliot refused to say when the expanded marketing would take place or whether it would cost more money.
The Minister insisted the helpline had the support of the community.
“Early response from a number of community organisations about Step Together have been positive and many have appreciated being engaged about the initiative,” he said…