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Islamic Leader Says Muslim Schoolchildren Shouldn’t Have to Sing National Anthem

Islamic Leader Says Muslim Schoolchildren Shouldn’t Have to Sing National Anthem

The spokesman of a controversial Islamic group in Australia on Sunday said that Muslim schoolchildren should not be required to sing the national anthem nor should immigrants have to recite a citizenship oath.

In a speech to a conference designed to train Australian Muslims to defend themselves against undercover police investigations, Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesman Uthman Badar called government efforts at weeding out Islamic radicalism “forced assimilation.”

“If you don’t share those values, why should they be forced to sing it?” Badar said of the Australian national anthem which he asserted presents “a disputed view of history.”

“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,” Badar said to hundreds of attendees at the conference called “Innocent Until Proven Muslim.”

“Why should they be forced to sing it?” Badar continued.

The government “claims to afford freedom, but seeks to impose values and beliefs” on Muslims, the spokesman said, according to the news outlet The Australian.

Badar took particular issue with the phrase of the Australian citizenship oath: “whose democratic beliefs I share.”

“It’s not enough that you obey the law; no, you have to adopt our values,” the spokesman said. More

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