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IPA praises the Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation

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The cover story of Australia’sInstitute of Public Affairs magazine, IPA Review,is:

Islam’s free market heritage
written by Chris Berg and Andrew Kemp.

One of the groups that’s praised in that article is the Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation.

Among other things, this group claims that:

… the life of Prophet Muhammad provides a perfect example.

… The law of God, as enunciated in the Qur’an and exemplified in the life of the Prophet is supreme in all cases.

I wonder if Chris and Andrew have studied the Hadith in order to be clear about what this means exactly. I really think they should.

Islam is not a new religion, but a re-presentation of the same message and guidance that Allah revealed to all of His prophets.

What this means is that Jesus and Moses (and others) were all Muslims. It also means that Islam is the rightful owner/origin/source of both Christianity and Judaism.

The Islamic “Free Market”Institute Foundation also quotes this item by George Bernard Shaw:

I believe that if a man like him [Muhammad] were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it much needed peace and happiness.

Oh, I get it! A free market dictator! Brilliant.

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5 Comments

  1. Bah… this just sounds like you’re desperate to NOT find free-market muslims so you can justify holding them up as the epitemy of evil. No dice.

    The hadith isn’t the final word on Islam anymore than the genocide of the canaanites (the biblical book of Joshua) defines the rest of christianity.

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  2. I’ve quoted directly from the Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation.

    How does this demonstrate that I’m “desperate to NOT find free market muslims”?

    I visited the IFMIF website, I looked through it, I found the quotes, I posted them on my blog, and that’s how they got there. There was no desperation and there was no great effort required.

    That – and much else that is dubious – is there online for anyone at all to find. Except those who are desperate to NOT find out the facts.

    I think it’s reasonable to hold the Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation AND the Institute of Public Affairs accountable for what they state or promote. Do you agree or disagree?

    If you’re concerned that the quotes I’ve posted might suggest that Muslims are the “epitome of evil” (something which I did not ever say, and which I find highly offensive) then since the quotes are not mine, why not take this up with the IFMIF who are the source of those quotes?

    That’s a reasonable suggestion isn’t it?

    Alternatively, wait a couple more days, because I’ll have some more very intersting facts for you very soon. 🙂

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  3. I think that what is probably going on is that the IPA is running short of sponsorship cash and hence is seeking to court some of those dollars from middle eastern based businesses like the Arab Bank and Emirates Airlines.

    After all, their budget has been shrinking over the past 15 years, and it is a long while since they ran any of those ads which Australia resource companies used to put into the IPA review.

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  4. So IPA joins that propaganda rag, the Sydney Morning Herald in dhimmitude. If Islam is a model for the market, why are so many of their followers living in abject poverty? Perhaps they should work on improving their own social conditions before trying to take over the world market and subject us all to sharia ‘prosperity’.
    I think that what is probably going on is that the IPA is running short of sponsorship cash and hence is seeking to court some of those dollars from middle eastern based businesses like the Arab Bank and Emirates Airlines.
    You could be right there, Strider, or, since it seems to be becoming a trend to praise the noble ideology of Islam in the West, I would be a little more suspicious about their motives as being perhaps a bit more insidious than simply financial considerations. But that’s just me.
    Excellent post and blog, by the way. I’ll be back. And I’ve posted about this on my own blog and linked back to you.

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  5. Thanks for your comments Dee. And I’m glad you find this blog useful. 🙂

    I enjoyed visiting your blog too. Very nice!

    I’ve been doing further research on the individuals, groups, sources referred to and praised by Chris Berg and Andrew Kemp in the IPA’s article.

    The more I research, the worse it looks.

    I mean it’s not just a LITTLE bit bad!

    I hope to present my findings in the next couple of days.

    This may be the worst blunder the Institute of Public Affairs has ever made.

    In light of much of the very good work they’ve done, this truly pains me.

    Gerard Jackson on my show stated that the IPA should publicly apologise.

    Maybe he’s right.

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