Australia: Retailers back call for hijab ban

An update from this story: Australia: 4BC’s Michael Smith accused of anti-Islamic remarks over hijab

The Australian



A RADIO announcer’s call for a ban on Islamic hijabs has been backed by the Retailers Association.

The body has called for all hijabs, helmets and hoodies to be banned in shops and banks for security purposes.

Brisbane radio presenter Michael Smith angered listeners muslims and nutroots after calling for Muslim women who wear a hijab to be fined.

The 4BC drive presenter said yesterday that wearing the hijab or burka posed a security risk because it obscured the face, making it difficult to identify the wearer in the instance of a crime.

Smith said it should be made an offence.

Retailers association executive director Scott Driscoll said it had been a long accepted practice to require customers to remove helmets and other identity obscuring headwear when entering a shop or bank.

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“Retailers should not have to fear any form of retribution or backlash for requiring the removal of any obscuring headwear, including hijabs, as a condition of entry,” Mr Driscoll said.

“This is about ensuring a more safe and secure retail environment for all and being able to readily identify any and all perpetrators of armed hold-ups or shop theft.”

Islamic Council of Queensland president Suliman Sabdia said he was disappointed by Smith’s remarks.

“He has every right to say it but we do say he displays intolerance, and a complete lack of understanding of the Muslim code of conduct,” Mr Sabdia said.

He said he did not think Mr Smith should be fired, instead inviting him to a meeting to discuss the issues.

“Does revenge really, at the end of the day, solve anything? No,” he said.

“We forgive him for his lack of understanding, we pray that God almighty gives him the wisdom and the understanding to respect every other individual.”

A poll on the station’s website today asking, “Should we impose restrictions on the wearing of burkas in Australia?” had a yes result of 76 per cent, and 23 per cent no, at 10am (AEST).

Comment was being sought from 4BC.

9 thoughts on “Australia: Retailers back call for hijab ban”

  1. But some of these women are really ugly, so wearing a bag or something over their head is there so they won’t scare small children or dogs, isn’t it?

    I’m joking…of course they should dress normally…or leave the country. Actually, it might be better if they just leave…

  2. Kudos to Scott Driscoll.

    In the case of the most extreme form of Muslim women’s cover-up, which covers the entire face except for the eyes, it should be pointed out that there is nothing to stop a NON-MUSLIM criminal, whether male or female, from donning this garment in order to carry out a crime.

    Sheik – it might be a good idea for Aussie jihadwatchers to write to Mr Driscoll and encourage him to read Mr Spencer’s ‘Stealth Jihad’; and to also share with him Tawfiq Hamid’s warning about the positive correlation between the degree of coverup assumed by a Muslim woman, and the likely jihad-mindedness among her menfolk. Practical rule of thumb, police for the use of: the more fully covered the Muslim woman (e.g. full burqa and niqab, whole face covered), the more aggressive the man. Mosque with women all shrouded up = mosque preaching jihad.

    The security and identification issue – linked with a general ban on hoodies, face-masks, motorbike helmets, etc, in public places – should be pushed hard; because it is real.

    Furthermore, for anyone aware of what jihad and sharia are all about, the sight of a Muslim woman in hijab of whatever degree – be it the hair-concealing headscarf, all the way to the full black Nazgul ringwraith outfit – is about as offensive and intimidating as the sight of someone swaggering down the street in Nazi or Ku Klux Klan regalia. To conceal one’s face, in a western society, is a major breach of civility, since it prevents others from ‘reading’ your intentions and emotions in social interaction.

  3. full agreement with Dumbledoresarmy. People should write to Qld goverment, 4BC and to the idiots in the Islamic council stating that hijab should NOT allowed in this country. IT IS AN INSULT AND A SECURITY RISK THAT SHOULD BE AVOIDED. I also hope that people write to the government, state and federal, requesting that any muslim immigrant who has not been willing to live under our laws, but has chosen to live under the laws of their religion (islam) and has not respected the laws of Australia, be deported. Further, please write to the muslim twat Suliman Sabdia and explain to him that hijab is not wanted in this country, and that we forgive him for his lack of understanding and stupidity.

  4. The wearing of this garb, is nothing more than a political statement. The “men” with beards only remind people of Ned Kelly or one of the six fingered Yowies that wonder around the suburbs.

  5. Michael Smith and Scott Driscoll urgently need to attend sensitivity training sessions.

    Might I recommend Yasser Soliman, who runs Diversity Connect. Although he is based in Melbourne, I’m sure he’d be happy to fly up to Qld in pursuit of this worthy endeavour.

    I guarantee that at the end of the session, Smith and Driscoll would understand how misguided they were and how Islam liberates women and would benefit the rest of us if only we weren’t so Islamophobic.

  6. I suggest we use another ploy, just outlaw the covering due to health reasons.

    ‘.. Studies reveal that there are widespread deficiencies in levels of Vitamin D in many Australians. And lack of exposure to sun is thought to be the cause.

    Vitamin D is essential for a range of metabolic processes, particularly those concerned with bone metabolism – and almost all Vitamin D comes from sunlight (a small amount comes from the diet, but not enough to keep us healthy).

  7. The wearing of apparel to hide oneself may stem from the need to avoid the harshness of the sun and the dust that continuously rolls all over desert lands. Persons wearing such apparel come from those desert areas and the wearing of the apparel is natural for them. They have no choice but to do so. So why not pack all of them to the Great Australian desert areas for the time being.

    Men fearing for their wives; daughters; girl friends being attacked and raped possibly in the process because of the intercenine war fare since ages gone by between Arab tribes would have found it useful to make it a religious
    requirement as well to cover themselves up for the safety of their kinfolk.

    Anyway most Arab women are not nice to look at. Better to keep them covered for our sanity’s sake. This may be one reason why Caliphs of old took female slaves as concubines by the hundreds for their own pleasure i from other countries not of Arab origin.

    So, Australians are lucky that these women are covering themselves up during their hopefully short sojourn in Australia.

    There should absolutely be no objection to the wearing of the apparel {which also sends out foul smells due to sweating and not washing both the outer and inner clothing } BUT such wearing should be confined to the source country from which the said person came from and not be worn in secular Australia..

    Forget about HUMAN RIGHTS. These people do not care about human rights. Look at what is happening in their countries.

    These folks should adapt to Australian ways of life and culture or, be packed off by the first sampan that is available along the coasts of Australia and in the interests of the genuine citizens of Australia.

    STOP tolerating these fanatics. Continuing to tolerate them will only end up in greater agnoy for all Australians.

  8. The wearing of the face cover does not belong in a civilised society, security being one very good reason especially as we all know where the threats come from. Let’s hope the rest of the West will follow suit – the hijab belongs in the dark ages.

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