ISLAMOPHOBIA AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH

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“Have not the Islamophobes already won the day when a person dare not speak on controversial matters because he is Muslim?” asked Simon Longstaff on Twitter  last week. That was a very strange rhetorical question in the circumstances. He was commenting on the fact that Uthman Badar, spokesman for the radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, had had his invitation withdrawn to speak at the Sydney Opera House on the proposition that of “honour killings are morally justified.” Is Longstaff serious? Does he really believe that this is a debate worth having? Does he really believe that horror at so-called “honour…

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