He refers to himself as ‘a peaceful hippie’. Peaceful until the call for jihad rings. The kuffar just doesn’t understand that to Muslims a jihadi is a hero – not a radical. That’s why they refuse to connect the dots the kuffar offers them. They disagree.
Why does Britain and Australia keep entertaining these “people”? Britain keeps feeding the jihad movement all the time without doing anything to stop it.
So-called radical aiming to speak at Australian Muslim conference declares: ‘I’m a peaceful hippie’
by Rohan Smith, news.com.au
February 17, 2016, 3:34pm
Islamic preacher Hamza Tzortzis says he’s not the radical he’s being portrayed as.
A WELL-KNOWN British speaker expected to travel to Australia to speak at a Muslim conference has defended himself against reports he supports child rape.
Hamza Tzortzis is believed to be headlining a panel of international and local speakers at the United Muslims of Australia Quest for Success conference at Homebush, Sydney, in May.
Mr Tzortzis speaks about Islam at university campuses around the United Kingdom. On Wednesday, The Daily Telegraph reported he is a “child rape preacher”. The report cited a number of his more controversial beliefs, including that he once wanted to ban homosexuality and preached that anyone who fights Muslims should be beheaded.
To the contrary, Mr Tzortzis says he’s a “hippie” who has “(spoken about) compassion more times than the Dalai Lama himself”.
The Telegraph quoted Secular Party president John Perkins, who said in 2013 he debated Mr Tzortzis and put to him that “the Koran condones child marriage”.
Mr Perkins said: “(Mr Tzortzis) defended it … He was defending child rape. I was absolutely appalled.”
Mr Tzortzis said his words were taken out of context. He said he has always been outspoken about child marriage and that he was “defending the Prophet’s marriage, which was based on the social norms of the time”.
For context, the majority of traditional Islamic texts state that the Prophet Muhammad married one of his wives, Aisha, when she was six or seven years old.
“In this climate, anything one says will always be taken in the worst way,” he told news.com.au.
“On my social media I have been so clear in condemning all forms of child marriage.”
Mr Tzortzis also addressed claims he once called for revenge against apostates. The Telegraph reported he wants “to behead anyone who renounces Islam” or “who fights Muslims”.
The controversial speaker admitted he once rationalised the punishment of deserters and stated “beheading is painless”. But he also pointed to a public apology he made after the fact.
In it, he said: “The statement that ‘beheading is painless’ was made while under pressure on an on-line video blog show a few years ago. It was a ridiculous, immature and irresponsible statement to make. It was a statement that does not represent (my) views at all.”
On the topic of homosexuality, Mr Tzortzis says he is simply following “the predominant view of most religious people in the world”. He says he believes it to be a “sin” but does not believe homosexuals should be punished.
“Firstly, I adopt the Islamic — as well as the predominant view of most religious people in the world — that homosexual practices are sins in the eyes of God. Please note that having a homosexual disposition is not considered sinful,” he said.
“Secondly, (I) do not call for the hatred, violence or discrimination towards the homosexual community. I have family members who are homosexual and my treatment towards them is one of cordiality and this is in keeping with the Islamic ethic of maintaining the ties of kinship.”
Mr Tzortzis claims he preaches about peace and compassion.
“If you were to do a linguistic analysis of every single speech I’ve made in the past five years … you would think I’m a hippie,” Mr Tzortzis said.
“My work simply involves articulating a compassionate and peaceful case for Islam. I’ve written and spoken against extremism and ISIS (and) on social media I have been so clear in condemning all forms of child marriage.
“I’ve visited Australia a few times and every time I’ve visited I have always taught, in my courses, that we Muslims should never be violent and always be compassionate and intelligent when we talk about our values and religion. I’ve even asserted that we must take care of our fellow citizens.”
The Q4S conference has been running for 15 years. The official conference website promotes a focus on the journey of seeking success in this life and the hereafter.
United Muslims of Australia founder Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman says UMA aims to “empower the Muslim youth with Islamic knowledge and understanding”.
The not-for-profit group runs initiatives including Gift a Smile, which donates gifts to children suffering mental and physical challenges and visits nursing homes to spend time with the elderly.
The Telegraph reported the group also hosted a speech by an al-Qaeda recruiter who was later killed in a drone attack in Yemen.
Federal Liberal MP for Reid, Craig Laundy, whose electorate will host the conference in May, told the paper: “Hate speech has no place in our society and I utterly condemn in the strongest terms the views of anyone preaching hate and intolerance.”
A spokesman for the Immigration Department said Mr Tzortzis has not yet applied for a visa. Mr Tzortzis told news.com.au that was because he has not yet committed to speaking at the conference.
“I never agreed to attend the conference,” he said. “They are still waiting for my confirmation.”