Combating Flawed Ideologies

If we wish to convince others that our ideology is superior, then firstly we must understand its concepts and its roots, and secondly we must live its truth. We live in one of the most tolerant, prosperous and free societies in the history of mankind. Our liberties are based on certain rights which have been developed and refined over many centuries. These include our rights to free speech; to our religious and political beliefs; to choose our friends and associates, and whom we may marry; to choose our occupation; to choose where we may live; to choose what we may eat or drink or wear; to choose our entertainments; to private property - to retain the rewards from our work and to dispose of

A Caliphate is not the Answer

At the Hizb ut-Tahrir conference in Sydney on 1 November 2015 speakers complained of the oppressive campaign of forced assimilation being waged against them by our government, evidenced by the requirement to sing the national anthem and pledge support for democratic values in the citizenship oath. Hizb ut-Tahrir is an Islamic political party whose professed aim is to create a caliphate where all Muslims can live under sharia law. They believe that society should be governed by the rule of god not the rule of man, and are therefore opposed to democracy. I have no issue with their holding this belief provided that they do not use force to impose it on others. I believe that citizens should ach

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Peter Francis Fenwick       Writer      Melbourne     Australia