The Sydney Opera House released a statement saying the Festival of Dangerous Ideas is “a provocation to thought and discussion, rather than simply a provocation”.
“It is always a matter of balance and judgement, and in this case a line has been crossed,” the statement said.
“It is clear from the public reaction that the title has given the wrong impression of what Mr Badar intended to discuss.
“Neither Mr Badar, the St James Ethics Centre, nor Sydney Opera House in any way advocates honour killings or condones any form of violence against women.”
Mr Badar says he did not choose the title of the speech, but did consent to it. He also said he wanted to discuss a different topic.
“I, in fact, suggested a more direct topic about Islam and secular liberalism – something like ‘The West Needs saving by Islam’ – how’s that for dangerous?” Mr Badar said.
“But the organisers insisted on this topic, which I think is still a worthy topic of discussion, for many reasons.”
Mr Badar also noted that events at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas are “confronting and provocative”.
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