Tony Abbott on Islam and the “clear superiority” of Australian culture

Tony Abbott might be out of the top job, but for better or worse, he’s still got plenty to say.

Tony Abbott might be out of the top job, but for better or worse, he’s still got plenty to say.

The former Prime Minister has penned an opinion piece in today’s Daily Telegraph sure to stir up an enormous amount of controversy.

He called for a global religious revolution within Islam, akin to Christianity’s Reformation or Enlightenment, to avoid “a clash of civilisations”.

He said the West could no longer ignore the “problem within Islam”, and that while the overwhelming majority rejected terrorism, some were “all too ready to justify ‘death to the infidel’”.

“Islam needs to delegitimise the urge to ‘behead all those who insult the Prophet’ but only Muslims can do this”, he said.

“Demonising Islam generally or all Muslims could bring on the ‘clash of civilisations’ that academic Samuel Huntington feared two decades back and make ‘Islam’s bloody borders’ even more dangerous.

“But we can’t remain in ­denial about the massive problem within Islam.

“Everyone interested in a safer world should reach out to ‘live and let live’ Muslims and encourage them to ­reclaim their faith from the zealots”.

“In Australia, that means talking to decent people who happen to be Muslim as well as to ‘official’ Muslims inclined to see ‘Islamophobia’ in any criticism.

“Surveys of British and French Muslims typically show up to 30 per cent sympathising with the aims if not the methods of Islamic State.

“Fortunately, there are numerous Muslim leaders who think their faith needs to modernise from the kill-or-be-killed milieu of the Prophet Mohammed.”

He also suggested it was “not culturally insensitive” to demand loyalty to Australia, and that “we should be ready to proclaim the clear superiority of our culture to one that justifies killing people in the name of God.”

Are these controversial comments justified, or out of touch with the complexities of reality? Is Abbott helping Australia by sharing his thoughts, or only hurting it?

  1. Good on him for continuing to speak out, he says what a lot of Aussies feel

  2. GOOD on him…quite true…about time we get over this political correctnes garb

    • Well his “facts” are totally and positively Politically Incorrect both factually and morally.

    • “If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and, though they discipline him, will not listen to them, then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gate of the place where he lives, and they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This our son is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of the city shall stone him to death with stones” courtesy of the BIBLE.

    • Oz Robpittman ???????AND???’ It does not say anywhere that we are to killl anyone who does not belie ve what we believe.

    • If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant; 17:3 And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; 17:4 And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel; 17:5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.

    • Kill Homosexuals
      “If a man lies with a male as with a women, both of them shall be put to death for their abominable deed; they have forfeited their lives.”

    • All who curse their father or mother must be put to death. They are guilty of a capital offense.

    • Kill Nonbelievers

      They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. (2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB)

    • So God let them go ahead and do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. Instead of believing what they knew was the truth about God, they deliberately chose to believe lies. So they worshiped the things God made but not the Creator himself, who is to be praised forever. Amen. That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relationships with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men and, as a result, suffered within themselves the penalty they so richly deserved. When they refused to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their evil minds and let them do things that should never be done. Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, fighting, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They are forever inventing new ways of sinning and are disobedient to their parents. They refuse to understand, break their promises, and are heartless and unforgiving. They are fully aware of God’s death penalty for those who do these things, yet they go right ahead and do them anyway. And, worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too. (Romans 1:24-32 NLT)

    • It is not meant that we kill them it means that God will punish them & they wont have eternwlife

    • Joan McIntyre I am glad for your deciphering the quotes but they distinctly say the opposite to your interpretation. Sorry you can’t see your bigotry. Watch the video which shows exactly how people are bigoted without even knowing.

  3. is he helping Australia ? YES . should he still be the Prime Minister ? YES

    • Oh dear, lots more research needed to ascertain a clearer picture of the man who elevated himself to the level of his incompetence!!

    • His own party got rid of him for good reason, but he can and will take them down, it is on the cards, he just can’t shut up and be the backbencher that is now

    • Helping Australia what?? Helping Australia to continue to be a laughing stock to the rest of the world? Give him the USA job working with Hockey – another Liberal party gun player!!!! Hahahahaha!!!

    • David James He is the leading light in the Split Australia Party along with Bernadi and Christensen and other supporters of Reclaim Australia, the loony right wing 10%

    • Why are we the Australian taxpayer still paying this embarrassing clown a salary etc etc etc. He lost his job for good reason – he was incompetent- so why does he still have his snout in the taxpayers funded trough??? Him, Hockey and all the predecessors over the last 100 years – imposters and non performers of all persuasions??

    • Absolutely correct , yes ! Yes ! Yes ! We will suffer for what Turnbull and bishop did .

    • I m guessing Festina Lente , that you would love to have a thief and liar like shorten , or any ALP. Running us right ? Well , they don’t care about you any way so what’s your problem ? They would steal your lunch ( or money if you have any ) off you ,.

    • Carolyn Brown So the political witch hunt set up by Raabbott fails to find out anything corrupt about Shorten but you do. You better run to the Police with your evidence or are you just a gossip?

    • Lnp has always been stealing the lunch money and they have proved they dont care about us all.including you conservatives

  4. It’s always been my opinion that past PMs should not be interviewed about current events and political situations. Stick to other topics or say nothing.

  5. I watched this interview last night the man is a fool, he is still blaming the ALP and the Senate for his downfall, he can’t accept that even if the ALP and Senate had passed his rotten policy he would still not be liked, he thought the cuts to the CPI rise for pensioners was fair and don’t forget Turnbull still is using Abbotts policy’s

    • because Jan Edward , Turnbull is a small L Liberal, he is a moderate, in order to be PM he had to sell his soul to the conservatives or they would not have voted for him. One of those conditions was to keep the same policys. But if Turnbull wins in his own right..that may change..shame I have to tell you about the party you voted for 🙂

    • Damn right ladies, Tony Abbott is a fool and Turnbull is a fool for selling his soul to the devil just because he wanted more than anything to be PM.

    • No we don’t, but you’re on here so you want a say too. Opinions will differ and none of those are hanging offences.

    • too sick today but am quietly supporting you all and laughing , some of these comments are great 🙂

    • Jan Edward go a chase a train..why keep coming back? we have all answered you and we don’t agree with you 🙂

    • just swiped this off an ABC news link, more trouble comeing It is no secret the Government is looking at changes to the GST, Treasurer Scott Morrison says.
      “News flash, the Commonwealth is having a discussion with the states and territories about how we make our tax system better. That’s what’s happening,” Mr Morrison said.

    • You live in Warringah do you Jan? If you don’t, you didn’t vote for Abbott. Those who don’t understand our voting system are so frustrating

    • Get over your hating. Stopping drownings was the worst thing Abbott did, as it made so many people angry!

    • bloody rubbish Joe Logan, no one wanted anyone drowned or dead, but how many have died under Abbott? we will never know because they tell us nothing.. to many lies and to much secrecy

  6. Jan Edwards  

    He’s absolutely right and some people are just so stubborn, so leftist that they will not see any sense in his comments. It’s called bloody mindedness!!! You wanted Tony Abbott out and now you have Malcolm Turnball in or the ability to vote for another party at the next election. If it isn’t too late because Mt Turnball is quite comfortable about allowing a lot of Muslims in and granted they aren’t all bad. But let me ask you this.. If having Islamic people come into Australia in droves, why are so many other countries opposed to it. Perhaps they have foresight. I am saying Tony Abbott did. And I wish he was back. I may be the only one but he still has a right to say what he thinks and he still has Australia’s safety on his agenda. Mad Malcolm how much does he want to spend on his innovation yes he’ll bring up different strategies to try and put us off, perhaps he can’t deal with the main issue, the one we are all concerned about. Australia’s safety. Until we get this sorted everything else seems irrelevant.

    • Rikda  

      Did you read the article Jan?
      He is calling for a GLOBAL revolution, not a political revolution.
      Rusted on political sycophants like yourself are not much different from this problem. They want everyone else to change & be like them.
      The right wing is fundamentally opposed to sharing so everyone of their protests are bounded by this spite.
      You can’t even support your own leader because he’s not mean enough..
      It might come as a shock to you but as a non politically aligned strong trade unionist & social activist, I embrace several LNP policies, like, The money can fix climate change. Strong border control, etc.
      Tony Abbott is not politicizing it so why are you?

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