Monday, February 27, 2006

Tony Abbott ... conservative, pro-life, and unexpectedly reasonable interfaith ...

I'm just going to quote.

"It can be a shock to find calls for sharia law in Australian places of worship.

"Still, it would be a big mistake to dismiss this as 'un-Australian' rather than to begin the kind of engagement that eventually made Christianity less bloody.

"Indeed, talking to the more hardline Muslims, rather than ostracising them or shouting them down, could be one of the greatest services Australia can render to the wider world.

"Why shouldn't the Muslim version of the Enlightenment and an Islamic doctrine of the separation of church and state be fostered in Australia? Especially as the task is so urgent."

I couldn't have said it better myself.



Blogger Elizabeth Eyre said...

Hello Melbourne Philosopher.
What do you reckon about Tony Abbot's ideas about aboriginal paternalism?

7/16/2006 09:09:00 PM  

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