Amir Butler

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Amir Butler is an author and lawyer, as well as the executive director of the Australian Muslim Public Affairs Committee (AMPAC), co-convenor of the Australian Muslim Civil Rights Advocacy Network (AMCRAN) and frequent media commentator on social and political issues.


  • If we love God, then it requires us to hate idolatry. If we believe there is such a thing as goodness, then we must also recognise the presence of evil. If we believe our religion is the only way to Heaven, then we must also affirm that all other paths lead to Hell. If we believe our religion is true, then it requires us to believe others are false.
    • Why I've changed my mind on Victoria's anti-vilification laws.
  • The reality is that we are hated not because of our democracy, freedoms, and generous social security system; rather, we are hated because of our involvement in foreign conflicts and quarrels that were never our concern.
    • Australia must follow Washington
  • Muslims have a credibility problem. In the modern era, we have a tendency to believe and repeat wild theories, with our only criteria for accepting those theories being that they lend support to pre-existing attitudes. It takes an extremely sympathetic person to overlook such a deficiency, and sympathy for Muslims in a post 9/11 West is in short supply.
    • Our Credibility Problem: It's a Conspiracy

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