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Je suis Hizb ut-Tahrir anyone?

Australian media is full of suggestions that the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, will ban Hizb ut-Tahrir as part of his national security announcement this Monday.

Hizb ut-Tahrir is a fundamentalist Islamic organisation. As it says on its Australian website:

Hizb ut-Tahrir is a political party whose ideology is Islam, so politics is its work and Islam is its ideology. It works within the Ummah and together with her, so that she adopts Islam as her cause and is led to restore the Khilafah and the ruling by what Allah (swt) revealed. Hizb ut-Tahrir is a political group and not a priestly one. Nor is it an academic, educational or a charity group. The Islamic thought is the soul of its body, its core and the secret of its life. 

Readers will of course remember the shock and then outrage when 2 Islamic terrorists attacked Charlie Hebdo in Paris and killed 12 people.  The clamour to defend free speech was overwhelming. Who can forget the parade of hypocritical world leaders in Paris a few days later proclaiming Je suis Charlie? Here is a photo to remind you.

 

Will any of the Je suis Charlie crowd be defending Hizb ut-Tahrir and its rights to freedom of speech and association? No.

After all, Charlie Hebdo was a magazine whose main role was to attack Muslims in France, an oppressed group. In doing that it reinforced the power of the State and the racists in the name of secularity.

Hizb ut-Tahrir represents one response to the alienation that is found both in capitalist society generally and in Australia and a repudiation of bloody Western Imperialism and its invasions of and control over Muslim countries through overt and covert means.

None of our political rulers will defend Hizb ut-Tahrir. They believe in free speech for the oppressors, not the oppressed.

Banning Hizb ut-Tahrir sets a precedent. If ‘dangers to society’ like it can be outlawed, what about socialist organisations that argue for a new world, a democratic society in which production is organised to satisfy human need?

Oh, that would never happen, I hear you say. It is only terrorist organisations that the State will target.

Not true. In World War I the Hughes government banned the Industrial Workers of the World, made membership illegal and closed down their printing presses.

After the Second World War the Menzies government banned the Communist Party of Australia. The High Court held the ban was unconstitutional.

The various anti-bikie laws currently in place in a number of States aren’t just capable of applying to so-called criminal bikie gangs. In Queensland for example any organisation can be declared an outlaw group.

Remember David Hicks, Mamdouh Habib and  Muhamed Haneef.  Remember David Eastman. Remember the tens of thousands of asylum seekers and their children we lock up for no crime. Remember all the Aborigines our rulers imprison and our police silence.

I have no truck with Hizb ut-Tahrir. However if we seriously believe in freedom of speech and association, and understand the sorry history in Australia and elsewhere of silencing people, including the left, then we have to defend the group against attempts to ban it.  Je suis Hizb ut-Tahrir.

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Comment from Kay
Time February 23, 2015 at 12:26 pm

I can’t recall that you were so passionate about freedom of speech when Geert Wilders visited Australia. His views are no more extreme than those of Hizb ut-Tahrir. But he has to live under constant guard, as do so many others in the world who are outspoken about the threat of extreme Islam, and who live under the threat of death. Wilders’s name is on the same Al-Qaeda hit list as Stéphane Charbonnier, an editor who was shot and killed during the jihadist assault on Charlie Hebdo, .

I think Hizb ut-Tahrir is a borderline case. I would like to see evidence that it is aiding and abetting violence here and/or abroad before I would support a ban on it. It makes it clear it is purely a political organisation. But it does say it is working towards a Caliphate – a political-religious state comprising the Muslim community, and requiring everyone to convert to Islam, and be ruled by the laws of the Koran. This is something that is contrary to Western liberal democratic values and structures which value freedom of speech and religion.

Perhaps you socialists have cause for concern too. Yours is also a political organisation that calls for the destruction of Australia’s Western liberal democratic values and structures. In the case of the socialists, via a violent uprising. But until your activities become violent, and a threat to the safety of other citizens, I would imagine you will be free to continue putting forward your theories (and that’s all they are so far).

Ideas are not dangerous in my view – only acting on them in a violent manner. Mainstream citizens are unlikely to be attracted to either violent socialist revolution, or to the creation of a Muslim caliphate in Australia.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time February 24, 2015 at 10:46 am

I wonder if Kay is actually aware of the thousands of dangerous cults in existence throughout the world, or has been educated as to how they are indoctrinated and why.

I think violent socialist revolution is a possibility once enough people have no work, no roof over their heads and no food to put on the table to feed their children. That’s 3 powerful incentives to change the status quo.

Regarding the problem in Paris, I think the world’s leaders are trying to combine a number of global agendas into one, similar to killing several birds with one stone.

Their aim is to:

. continue redistributing populations throughout the world to achieve homogeneity of race, with a view to eventually wiping out religion (also in keeping with the rise of atheism of several decades).

. ramp up the number of foreign workers in western nations, to bring them down to the lowest common denominator more quickly.

. bring in undemocratic laws to control the masses when unemployment is running high

. eventually wipe out any religion other than the Carbon faith, which is highly lucrative and a mechanism of global wealth redistribution.

People who have been heavily indoctrinated with the Carbon Religion will accept smaller living quarters, widespread use of public transport, no private motor vehicles and a lower standard of living. These go beautifully with low wages, dreadful working conditions, Population Control policies such as Abortion, Same Sex Marriage and Euthanasia (when you are deemed to be useless for anything).

These are all policies of the Greens and fit in with Agenda 21.

Another interesting occurrence is the “Christian like” pleading of various high profile Australian figures when it comes to trying to save the lives of drug mules, which even has the likes of Alan Jones waxing “Christian”. Compare this with the government’s attitude towards the unemployed, destitute and mentally impaired people living on Australian streets. According to a social worker I met at a 2014 Medicare Local Conference, even very sick people living on the streets are being denied Disability Support Pensions. I’m afraid I am sick and tired of the Australian government showing excessive amounts of compassion for all of the wrong people.

Comment from peter piper
Time February 24, 2015 at 10:47 am

“After all, Charlie Hebdo was a magazine whose main role was to attack Muslims”
your paranoia and hysterionic outbursts are amusing. Do you actually think a caliphate would tolerate your ramblings for more than 5 minutes??

Comment from Lorikeet
Time February 24, 2015 at 10:51 am

I raised the issue of VLAD legislation at a state wide pre-election forum held just outside Brisbane, treading heavily on the LNP panellist’s corns, judging by the way she reacted.

I agree that this is a very dangerous piece of legislation which is unlikely to be sufficiently amended by Labor. Too bad rusted on Coalition supporters mostly do not bother to read it.

I think it is true that the government plays on people’s prejudices, fears and biases in order to put undemocratic legislation in place. This is why they have initially targetted “outlaw” bikie gangs and Muslim groups.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time February 24, 2015 at 10:54 am

Here’s something else I believe is being used to make people fearful. Even though the G20 took place months ago, there are still no bins we can use on central city railway platforms. This is a constant reminder of the possible presence of terrorist bombs.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time February 24, 2015 at 11:02 am

I think it would be quite easy to create a Muslim caliphate in Australia, but it would go the same way as other potentially dangerous cults very quickly. Even cults comprising thousands of members can be quickly nipped in the bud with appropriate media coverage, implementing existing laws against criminal offenders, instituting bans from university campuses of those attempting to impede individual democracy, and judicious use of “Stalking Laws”. I have been there and done it.

I believe anyone found to be creating a hell of a dangerous problem should be immediately deported to country of origin.

Comment from John
Time February 24, 2015 at 11:35 am

Oh dear. I suppose others, including former employees of Charlie Hebdo, who say the same thing, are paranoid too. Yes, I fear the caliphate in Australia. Much as I fear Kim Jung-Un invading.

Comment from John
Time February 24, 2015 at 11:41 am

Geert Wilders doesn’t have his free speech threatened. Protesting against him isn’t curtailing his ability to find space for his racist shit in The Australian and the Fairfax papers or his meetings attended by fascists in the making.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time February 26, 2015 at 7:57 am

I once had to deal with a fascist from the Tea Party Movement, a qualified lawyer who came as a guest to the Executive Meeting of a minor party. He said he had had bullets whistling past his ears in the USA and I was not a bit surprised. This person was a very dangerous anti-Muslim extremist. Despite my education and experience in dealing with destructive cults, he refused to take in anything I told him. Later he became such a pest that the Tea Party Movement in Australia gave him the flick.

There are also other right wing organisations who have anti-Muslim extremists as members, who end up driving more moderate people out. There is no convincing these people that Muslims are likely to be far less dangerous than the Greens.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time February 26, 2015 at 8:11 am

I would like to know if Kay has actually read Queensland’s VLAD Bill, passed by the LNP under Premier Campbell Newman.

I think it would be wise for Australian governments to make it clear to Muslim communities that if they wish to live in Australia, they will be subject to living by Australian laws in conjunction with the Australian Constitution. Anyone proven to be deliberately forming a dangerous caliphate should be detained and deported immediately. This will serve as an example to others.

I like Professor Ken Wiltshire’s idea that all new Australians should be presented with a copy of the Constitution at citizenship ceremonies. Then they will have no excuse for attempting to breach its Judaeo-Christian principles.

Similarly, Australian politicians who falsely claim that bikies have to sign Constitutions compelling them to participate in illegal activities should receive a jail term for Slander or Libel.