Australia's most iconic building, the Sydney Opera House, on Tuesday canned a lecture entitled ''Honour Killings are Morally Justified,'' which was to have been given by Muslim writer Uthman Badar (the spokesman of extremist Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir), only hours after it was announced. The talk was planned as part of the taxpayer-funded annual Festival of Dangerous Ideas, which takes place in August.
Late that day, the Opera House committee announced, ''The Festival of Dangerous Ideas is intended to be a provocation to thought and discussion, rather than simply a provocation. It is always a matter of balance and judgement, and in this case a line has been crossed. It s clear from the public reaction that the title has given the wrong impression of what Mr Badar intended to discuss. Neither the festival organisers (the St James Ethics Centre), nor the Sydney Opera House in any way advocates honour killings or condones any form of violence against women.''
Of course not! What could have given people that impression, other than the title of the lecture, the blurb, and the record of the scumbag speaker in demanding shariah law and excusing terrorist groups?
The Blurb Badar wrote: For most of recorded history parents have reluctantly sacrificed their children - sending them to kill or be killed for the honour of a nation, their flag, their king, their religion. But what about killing for the honour of one's family? Overwhelmingly, those who condemn ''honour killings'' are based in the liberal democracies of the West. The accuser and moral judge is the secular (white) westerner and the accused is the oriental other; the powerful condemn the powerless. By taking a particular cultural view of honour, some killings are condemned whilst others are celebrated. In turn, the act becomes a symbol of everything that is allegedly wrong with the other culture.
Pardon me, but how is it possible to construe this talk as anything but apologetics for honour killing and an attack on its white critics. And why is this extremist group, Hizb ut-Tahrir, now attacking critics of the ISIS terrorist group that's slaughtering civilians even given any stage to advance their inhuman agenda? The organisers of this utter disgrace may congratulate themselves on winning media attention. Perhaps that was the aim all along.
But media attention will eventually fade, and those highbrow organisers will have to live with the fact that they intended to elevate the slaughter of women and girls to the very centre of Sydney's cultural life. It is disturbing that the Sydney Opera House and the St James Ethics Centre - organisations that claim to provide cultural and thought leadership - failed to understand why it was not worth talking about justifying the murder of women just because they happen to be born as Muslims.
The federal government is considering expanding the criteria for proscribing terrorist groups following fresh advice it could not act to curb the activities of the radical group Hizb ut-Tahrir under existing laws. Attorney-General George Brandis yesterday confirmed new counter-terrorism laws would be introduced in two weeks to boost powers of spy agencies including ASIO and ASIS. The intelligence agencies are believed to have recently repeated advice to the Attorney-General's Department that proscribing Hizb ut-Tahrir as a terrorist organisation would make it illegal for anyone in Australia to be a member. Maybe Mr Badar should be thinking of leaving Australia.
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And that goes for the Muslim community in Australia as well. For years this country's coterie of imams have been loathe to publicly scold Hizb ut-Tahrir's vocal members, shaking their heads in private but preferring to preach freedom of expression. Prominent Islamic leader Ameer Ali, former president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, said all Muslim groups, leaders and mosques preachers should be resoundingly denouncing the views of this radical filth. ''But I don't hear it yet. I don't hear people coming out in sermons denouncing them. They need to do this and be at the forefront of demolishing their ideas that are brainwashing our youth.''
UPDATE: Yesterday (better late than never) Australia's Islamic leaders have come out and demanded Uthman Badar and his radical group to stop voicing its vile sermons in public, hate-filled messages which they claim are tarnishing the entire Muslim community. The religion's chief authority - the Australian National Imams Council - has had enough of this group expressing any justification for honour killing as well as their sickening views that men could ''morally'' marry pre-teen girls and that the U.S. and Australia were terrorist nations for invading Iraq and Afghanistan.