Skip To Content

    Tony Abbott Says Islam Must Separate Religion From Violence

    Adelaide protestors break barricades.

    Australian PM Tony Abbott tonight gave a keynote foreign affairs speech. Referring to recent horrific ISIS atrocities in Iraq and Syria, he said he hoped Islam "finally dissociates religion from the use of force."

    Dan Kitwood / Getty Images

    Prime Minister Abbott's speech at the University of Adelaide was interrupted by student protestors who chanted anti-government slogans and at the end of the speech were held back by police horses.

    "This might turn out to be the time when Islam, like Christianity before it, finally dissociates religion from the use of force," Mr Abbott told the auditorium.

    The Prime Minister today met with Australia's Muslim leaders to get them on side with proposed changes to anti-terror laws, described as 'being part of Team Australia'.

    "Perhaps this will turn out to be the moment when Australians come to appreciate that the Muslims among us much more often have our perspectives than those of the protagonists in foreign wars," he said.

    Today some Islamic groups refused to meet with Mr Abbott and a statement condemning the new laws appeared, claiming they unfairly targeted Muslims.

    Student protestors successfully broke through fences to the university auditorium, but were driven back by mounted police.

    Visitors being greeted by a sea of chanting protestors as they enter the Braggs #PMVisit #AbbottFence

    Student Radio@austudentradio

    Visitors being greeted by a sea of chanting protestors as they enter the Braggs #PMVisit #AbbottFence

    6:01 PM - 21 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Anti Abbott protesters break through fences at Adelaide Uni. Being moved back by mounted police #saparli #auspol

    Nick Harmsen@nickharmsen

    Anti Abbott protesters break through fences at Adelaide Uni. Being moved back by mounted police #saparli #auspol

    7:11 PM - 21 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    #Breaking: Protestors at the University of Adelaide, where the Prime Minister Tony Abbott is speaking, have broken through police barricades

    ABC News 24@ABCNews24

    #Breaking: Protestors at the University of Adelaide, where the Prime Minister Tony Abbott is speaking, have broken through police barricades

    7:15 PM - 21 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    police working to keep calm at Adelaide Uni after protesters broke through fence at Tony Abbott speech @ABCNews24

    Alina Eacott@AlinaEacott

    police working to keep calm at Adelaide Uni after protesters broke through fence at Tony Abbott speech @ABCNews24

    7:19 PM - 21 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    BuzzFeed Daily

    Keep up with the latest daily buzz with the BuzzFeed Daily newsletter!

    Newsletter signup form