Sydney Opera House cancels Hizb-ut-Tahrir talk: ‘Honour killings are morally justified’

by Gramfan on June 24, 2014

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Sky News (AU): Uproar over ‘honour killing’ lecture plan

Published: 9:37 pm, Tuesday, 24 June 2014

NSW [New South Wales] government figures have slammed plans for the Sydney Opera House to host a lecture examining whether honour killings can be morally justified, as the lecturer urges critics to ‘calm down’ and wait to hear him out.

The annual Festival of Dangerous Ideas provoked a social media backlash on Tuesday with the announcement that its line-up this year includes a talk entitled ‘Honour killings are morally justified,’ to be delivered by Uthman Badar, a writer and spokesman for Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir.

Minister for Women Pru Goward and Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello have both spoken out.

‘The justification of honour killings has no place in this country, and frankly I’m surprised the idea is being entertained,’ Ms Goward said in a statement.

‘Free speech is one thing, but to advocate the honour killing of women is abhorrent and goes against Australian values.’

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The Age: Festival of Dangerous Ideas: ‘Honour killings’ talk cancelled

…Before it was cancelled, co-curator Ann Mossop told Fairfax Media the speech would “obviously” not advocate honour killings but would discuss the framework in which the killings take place…

Obviously not? Mossop evidently assumed Badar would understand it to be impolitic at this time to defend honor killings in an English-language public forum. I’m not so sure…

…Mr Badar is an Australian spokesman for Hizb ut-Tahrir, a group described by the festival as “global advocacy group working for positive change in the Muslim world via the re-establishment of the Islamic Caliphate” – a state under sharia, or Islamic law…

The shock value of the title got plenty of attention, but what about the content of the proposed talk? Badr planned to use the emotional arguments of the left to support the agenda of the jihad.

Back to the Sky News article:

‘Overwhelmingly, those who condemn honour killings are based in the liberal democracies of the West,’ a blurb for Mr Badar’s event reads.

‘The accuser and moral judge is the secular (white) westerner and the accused is the oriental other; the powerful condemn the powerless.’

Hizb ut-Tahrir advocates the establishment of a global caliphate, or Islamic state, including an independent judiciary.

In other words, Badar was indeed planning to play the victim card and the “Oriental” race card on behalf of the murderers and the Muslim societies that condone honor murders – while condemning us as bigots and abusers of power for daring to complain about it!

Don’t waste your time and money

Even without this shill for shari’a, the Festival of Dangerous Ideas remains a celebration of offensiveness for offensiveness sake. The new headline act is Pussy Riot, whose idea of freedom of expression consists of interfering with an Orthodox Christian religious service and desecrating Christ the Savior Cathedral. Honoring them as celebrities is a slap in the face to Orthodox Christians everywhere.

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1 Gramfan June 24, 2014 at 11:53 pm

A ‘Festival of Dangerous Ideas’ seems like a really idiotic idea.

How can this benefit anyone?

And to defile the Sydney Opera how with some of these creeps! ICK!

But now the critics are being blamed.

2 Gramfan June 25, 2014 at 12:17 am

Now he is saying he was set up – (pay wall)

MUSLIM activist Uthman Badar says he was set up by organisers of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas and that he never sought to justify “honour” killings, despite a program headline to which he agreed.

The headline for the western Sydney resident’s talk, “Honour killings are morally justified”, was chosen by the organisers, he said.

“It was not of my choosing, though I consented to it,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

“I anticipated that secular liberal Islamophobes would come out of every dark corner, foaming at the mouth, furious at why a Muslim ‘extremist’, from Hizb ut-Tahrir no less, was being allowed a platform at the Sydney Opera House to speak, but that it would only take a few hours after the advertising was released for mass hysteria to ensue is quite a feat.”

Event organisers cancelled the planned talk hours after the program was released, by issuing a statement.

Prejudice deserves to be booed off

“The Festival of Dangerous Ideas is intended to be a provocation to thought and discussion, rather than simply a provocation,” it said.

“It is always a matter of balance and judgment, and in this case a line has been crossed. Accordingly, we have decided not to proceed with the scheduled session with Uthman Badar. It is clear from the public reaction that the title has given the wrong impression of what Mr Badar intended to discuss. Neither Mr Badar, the St James Ethics Centre, nor Sydney Opera House in any way advocates honour killings or condones any form of violence against women.”

The Australian has approached festival co-curator Ann Mossop and St James Ethics Centre executive director Simon Longstaff for comment.

Via Twitter, Dr Longstaff appeared to back Mr Badar by claiming the gig was cancelled because the speaker was Muslim.

“Have not the ‘Islamophobes’ already won the day when a person dare not speak on controversial matters because he is Muslim,” he wrote to one user.

“ … the session title was a mistake as it does not do justice to the nuanced argument we would have heard … alas, people read the session title — and no further. Just too dangerous.”

Minister for Women Pru Goward, admitting she had not read the speech and based her opinions on the title alone, said the topic was a deep insult to women.

“In this current period where there is so much concern about homegrown jihadist, the last thing we need is a debate like this,’’ Ms Goward told ABC Radio.

“It is a truly dangerous idea — we have millions and millions of women in the world who fear honour killings.

“It is a regular occurrence in many countries — it has been known to happen in NSW.’’

Mr Badar, who will be speaking at a press conference this afternoon, said he had angered everyone across the political spectrum.

“What’s interesting is that I’m being attacked left, right and centre without having opened my mouth yet. I guess that’s how Islamophobia works,” he wrote.

“I seem to have roused the ire of a nation without doing anything except accept an invite to speak. Quite an achievement, don’t you think?

“It’s also instructive to see liberals and advocates of free speech go crazy and call for boycotts at what is nothing more than the expression of ideas. Muslims are regularly lectured by this same lot about how we must respect free speech and accept any and all criticism, but they themselves are not prepared to live up to the same standard.”

Radio broadcaster Alan Jones also weighed in on the debate, saying Australians needed to know what “these people are on about”.

“May I express the perverse view that I’m rather glad that this bloke was invited to speak because now Australia might wake up and start talking about the risk that this kind of thinking is to Australia,” he told his Macquarie Radio listeners today. “This is the kind of culture they talk about — honour killings, OK, to murder women who are deemed to have shamed their families. “To that extent I’m rather glad that we now know what these people are on about.

“This is the culture that is infecting our society.”

Mr Badar is the spokesman for the radical Hizb ut-Tharir group which Tony Abbott said, in opposition, he would list as a banned organisation, as it is in parts of Europe.

The group garnered headlines last year when it criticised the federal government for forcing Islamic schools in Australia to commemorate Anzac Day, prompting Prime Minister Tony Abbott to declare the group had “some pretty dodgy views, to say the least”.

Additional reporting: AAP

3 Gramfan June 25, 2014 at 12:21 am

“The group garnered headlines last year when it criticised the federal government for forcing Islamic schools in Australia to commemorate Anzac Day, prompting Prime Minister Tony Abbott to declare the group had “some pretty dodgy views, to say the least”. Go Abbott!!

Well of course this would annoy them – Gallipoli was the battle scene of the Brits and their allies fighting the Ottoman Empire (the exactly correct word for Turkey back then).

The Ottomans couldn’t decide whether to join up with the Germans or the Brits. Eventually they went with the Germans.

(I know you have a post on Anzac Day, 1389!! 😆 )

4 Gramfan June 25, 2014 at 10:24 am (pay wall)

This guy is either a comedian, a liar or barking mad!

THE Sydney Opera House’s choice of speaker on honour killings yesterday said the radical ­Islamic group ISIS that is executing people as it advances through Iraq and Syria, may have made “a few mistakes”, but the West should “get over it”.

Controversy continued yesterday over the invitation to Islamic activist group Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesman Uthman Badar, even after Opera House management buckled to outrage late on Tuesday night and cancelled his talk scheduled for late August.

Mr Badar said yesterday the Opera House lacked “backbone” in banning him from the Festival of Dangerous Ideas program only hours after it and co-sponsor the St James Ethics Centre had ­defended the talk on the grounds of free speech.

He sheeted responsibility for the topic of the talk to the festival organisers, saying it was not his preferred topic on Islam but the one the organisers had insisted on.

The “hysteria” that ensued “says a lot about Islamophobia” and had condemned him for his views before he “even said anything”.

St James Ethics Centre executive director Simon Longstaff did not reply to questions from The Australian but wrote via Twitter: “Have not the ‘Islamophobes’ already won the day when a person dare not speak on controversial matters because he is Muslim?”

Mr Badar insisted Islam condemns honour killings, the murder, usually of women, who breach social taboos such as adultery.

“Islam does not condone any form of abuse or violence towards women,” he said. “There is no room in Islam for vigilante justice.”

But the problem paled in comparison with the violence perpetrated against Muslims, including women, in the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. “The West is trying to monopolise violence,” he said.

News on Tuesday that the Opera House was to host a talk by Mr Badar, with the title Honour Killings are Morally Justified, sparked a frenzy of outrage on ­social media, followed by an avalanche of attacks by politicians, which continued yesterday.

NSW Minister for Women Pru Goward said on ABC radio the topic itself was a “deep insult” to women, and that “in this current period where there is so much concern about homegrown jihadists, the last thing we need is a ­debate like this’’.

Mr Badar, who a few years ago said jihadists would be justified in killing Australian troops in ­Afghanistan on the grounds of ­resisting invasion, said yesterday the main insurgent group trying to topple the Baghdad regime, the Independent State of Iraq and al-Sham, was justified in its campaign.

Videos have appeared to show that since it began its insurgency in Iraq in recent weeks, ISIS has committed mass atrocities including summarily executing vast numbers of Iraqi policemen and soldiers after they surrendered.

“ISIS made a few mistakes in Iraq and Syria — get over it,” Mr Badar said in Sydney. He said ISIS was part of a coalition trying to counter an oppressive Iraqi government, and that “if you have been oppressed, you are justified to resist the oppression”.

Hizb ut-Tahrir seeks the creation of a global caliphate to rule all Muslims around the world, including sharia. Mr Badar classifies the West broadly and the US specifically as “the enemy” in his writings and posted a tweet to President Barack Obama last July that appeared to threaten him.

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