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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/18-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-g20-meeting-age-of-enttilement-engineers-attack-of-austerity-hardship-on-civilians.mp3 (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2014/02/11/john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-2/ (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
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Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
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Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole
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Me on Razor Sharp this morning
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Islam and the Marxist approach to religion

In light of the Islamophobic rallies on the weekend, and the support socialists give to Muslims in fighting this oppression, Erima Dall looks in depth in Solidarity magazine at Marxism, Islam and religion.

She says among other things:

‘When Abbott and Western leaders attack Islam as the basis of terrorism, it is easy to see why resistance to anti-Muslim discrimination can also be taken up in religious terms. This is why defending Muslims against Abbott’s attacks is a crucial part of building the wider fight against Abbott, his anti-terror laws and the system.’

Click the link to read the whole informative article, Marxism, Islam and religion.

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Comments

Comment from Mike
Time July 22, 2015 at 8:32 am

The Left’s view on Islam can be summed up by the phrase “My enemy’s enemy is my friend”

Quite amusing to see Leftists lend support to a sexist, misogynist, homophobic religion.

When Tony Abbott looks at his watch – “misogyny” they cry. When government won’t give homosexuals a piece of paper to register a marriage – “homophobia” they shout.

When Islamic State enslaves woman and throws homosexuals off buildings – nothing to see here!

Comment from Mike
Time July 22, 2015 at 8:33 am

“The left cannot afford to give an inch to the idea that there is any intrinsic problem with Islam.”

Critical analysis of a belief system – no thanks. Head in the sand will do.

Comment from John
Time July 22, 2015 at 10:20 am

Bullshit. IS have just killed socialists in Turkey; they kill the main Kurdish fighters, and you come out with this unthinking crap. Stick to your narrow world view. Me, I am with all those religious workers and socialists fighting for a new world. You stick with the world of Tony Abbott.

Comment from Mike
Time July 22, 2015 at 11:40 am

So IS just killed socialists yet we have this ..

“The left cannot afford to give an inch to the idea that there is any intrinsic problem with Islam.”

Maybe there is a slight problem.

Comment from John
Time July 22, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Not sure what IS has to do with Islam, but if so I look forward to your active campaigning against Christianity because obviously the KKK and Westboro are its representatives. And those who attack Islam in Australia aren’t highlighting evil, they are promoting it in the form of racial and xenophobic attacks on Muslims. We give an inch to their crap and we may as well join them. ‘I’m not an Islamophobe but…’

The West’s invasion and reinvasion of Iraq are the proximate causes of the rise of ISIS and it uses the cloak of religion to wage its wars. Perhaps if we hadn’t killed 1.5 million Iraqis there would be no ISIS.

Comment from Mike
Time July 22, 2015 at 3:10 pm

The Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam.

The Catholic Church has nothing to do with Catholicism.

This is fun. (And delusional)

Comment from Lorikeet
Time July 22, 2015 at 6:08 pm

Yes, I think that support for Muslims is at odds with socialists’ support for homosexuality and women’s rights.

It also seems odd that right wing extremists would want to sink the boot into Muslims when they are more likely to be in accord with one another on a range of social issues (conservative).

I can see a day when supporters of various religious faiths join forces against those with no moral fibre e.g. Greens.

Comment from John
Time July 23, 2015 at 8:24 am

I said it uses the cloak of religion. I did not mention Catholicism. You know, the English Civil War wasn’t really just about religion either, although it was often fought out and over in those terms? Develop some depth. I notice you or Tony Abbott still haven’t condemned the KKK, WSestboro or even Hillsong. Obviously Christianity is a religion of evil. Those who refuse to condemn the evil done in the name of Christianity are not part of Team Australia.

Comment from Mike
Time July 23, 2015 at 11:46 am

The KKK wasn’t a religious organisation – its was a political organisation.

‘The terrorist wing of the Democratic Party’ as its been called.

Comment from John
Time July 23, 2015 at 2:01 pm

The KKK is cloaked in Christianity. Just like ISIS is cloaked in Islam.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time July 23, 2015 at 7:52 pm

Yes, the KKK and ISIS are both extreme breakaway groups from different religious faiths. However I have an issue with this extreme statement:

“Obviously Christianity is a religion of evil.”

Since no one and no belief system (religious or otherwise) is perfect , there could be a certain amount of evil attached to the running of any organisation.

I don’t think the KKK can be solely labelled a political organisation. Lots of cults which are acknowledged as destructive have elements of religion, science, politics and psychology. Some are also tied up in the drug trade. In other words, they are a composite of various interactive disciplines designed to divide, conquer, disempower and, most importantly, profit.

I have been highly suspicious of the Hillsong churches for a very long time.

Comment from John
Time July 23, 2015 at 8:45 pm

My comment that “Obviously Christianity is a religion of evil” was applying Mike’s logic in relation to ISIS and Islam. It was ironic, sarcastic etc.