Tony Abbott lectures Islam: calls Western culture “superior”
Former PM Tony “there will be no backgrounding or sniping” Abbott has delivered a sermon from the pulpit slamming Islam and warning of a “clash of civilisations” unless Islam undergoes what he calls “global reform.”
In a wide ranging interview with Sky News Abbott declared that “all cultures are not equal and, frankly, a culture that believes in decency and tolerance is much to be preferred to one which thinks that you can kill in the name of God, and we’ve got to be prepared to say that.”
During his 40 minute patriarchal rant, the former failed priest and self-professed devout catholic ignored the widespread failings of his own chosen religion – currently playing out in the Courts in the form of a Royal Commission into Child Sex Abuse within the catholic church – with his friend and mentor George Pell playing starring role.
While calling for a religious revolution within Islam and asserting the “superiority” of Western culture, it escaped Mr Abbott’s attention that a similar revolution may be required within the ranks of the catholic church.
Let he who is without sin.
Hardly renowned for self-reflection, Abbott took the opportunity to defend his own record as PM insisting that his government’s first budget, handed down by the treacherous Treasurer, “Smokin” Joe Hockey, was in fact – despite mass public outrage – “right and justifiable.”
“Now all of these things, I think, were justifiable and right,” he said.
“Obviously, in the circumstances of the aftermath of that budget, they struggled, but nevertheless they were all very defensible policies and I’m happy to continue to defend them.”
Mr Abbott has previously described the Opposition and Senate crossbench as “feral,” and said they needed to ask themselves why they did not pass the measures.
“What was so wrong with allowing our universities the freedom that they need to be the best in the world?” he said.
“What was so wrong with seeking a modest co-payment for visits to the GP?
“What was so wrong with saying that we are going to adjust the indexation method for pensions beyond the next election?”
The fact that these policies were widely rejected by the electorate seems lost on him.
However it’s to Mr Abbott’s credit that he insists on defending them as this simply reminds everyone why he had to go.
Mr Abbott also revealed in the 45-minute interview that he still had not made up his mind about retirement saying he had received “thousands and thousands” of messages urging him to remain in Parliament.
“I certainly haven’t resolved it,” he said. “I said back in mid-September that I would be talking to family and friends over the Christmas period.
“I have literally thousands and thousands of messages of support and encouragement.
“If I stay on in public life is a vocation, if I may say so; being a member of Parliament, including a backbench member of Parliament, is a noble and an honourable calling.”
I guess that high paying job offer in the private sector never eventuated.