I really think this is an interesting event. Yet, although I had a plan to go there last Tuesday, I didn’t attend the debate event. Not even when I already knew that the ticket price was only A$15 (concession). It was also easy to access, as the venue is right in the heart of Sydney, the City Recital Hall, around CBD area.
Well, even though I’m a Muslim, I probably not a kind of a very religious guy, as most of my friends know. However, I always interested in this kind of topic, not only because of my faith, but also on how essential it is. So, now I’m kinda regret for not attending this event, or even watching it live on the web.
Here are some of what the panel speakers said in the debate, as quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald:
“Yes, there are Muslim states which are democratic in form, but true democracy is yet to take root. The great obstacle to this change is the fact that in the Middle East the social system is fundamentally tribal and that obstructs the development of the key requisites of democracy.” (Daniel Pipes – the ‘Agree’ team)
“How is it, though, that Muslims in non-Muslim societies are able to get on so well when Islam is incompatible? I would argue that Muslim majority states do show a lot of tolerance, not only of the Muslim community, but also of the non-Muslim community.” (Samina Yasmeen – the ‘Disagree’ team)
For a complete report on this event, you may have a look at SMH website’s news here.
Other details of this event, including the institution who held the series of debate, can be found here.