Liberal MP Craig Kelly has taken to social media to criticise religious group Hizb ut-Tahrir for reportedly preaching that Muslim children should not be forced to sing the national anthem.
In a Facebook post published on Federal Member for Hughes’ page this morning, he wrote:
“IF YOU DON’T SHARE THOSE VALUES, DONT EXPECT TO ENJOY THE PRIVILEGES OF AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP.So Hizb ut-Tahrir take objection to pledging an allegiance to Australia ‘whose democratic beliefs I share’ when taking up citizenship and objects to singing the National the Anthem.‘If you don’t share those values, why should they be forced to sing it?’ their spokesmen is quoted as saying. Well, I’m sorry, it’s quite simple, if you ‘don’t share they values’, don’t expect to enjoy the privileges, benefits and opportunities that Australian citizenship provides and go and another nation to live in.”
Mr Kelly was referring to reports the Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesman Uthman Badar said:
“The insistence of senior government ministers that Muslim children sing the national anthem – an anthem that reflects a particular disputed view of history and celebrates particular ideological values … Why should they be forced to sing it?”
Mr Badar was speaking to a crowd of 500 people in Bankstown on Sunday as part of a forum addressing Islamic issues in Australia, reported the Sydney Morning Herald.
In an interview with El Telegraph Weekend, Mr Kelly stood by his Facebook post.
“We are a great multicultural society, probably the greatest multicultural society in the world. No other country in the world has so much harmony and social cohesion.
“We are a beacon to the world of how people from different races, and different religions and ideologies, can come together and live in harmony.
“But the one thing we have to do to make that work is we have to allegiance to Australia and its democratic beliefs, that overrides everything else,” said Mr Kelly.
Mr Kelly labeled statements made by the group as “nonsense.”
“Now, if certain groups think that [allegiance to Australia] is not important that becomes a divisive issue in our society and threatens to undermine the great multicultural society we have,” he said.