BAGFEST (Tim Blair)
Wearing their finest freedom sacks, the babes of Hizb ut-Tahrir are loud, proud and under a shroud:
Islamic values are superior to ‘’flawed’’ Western secular values and non-Muslims are in no position to lecture Muslims about the oppression of women, a speaker said yesterday at a Sydney rally against proposals to ban the burqa.
‘’Despite the intense negative propaganda against Islam and in particular the lies about its treatment of women, the number of Western women embracing Islam continues to rise at a rapid rate,’’ said Fautmeh Ardati, a member of the Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir.
‘’By turning their backs on this flawed way of life, it is testament of the superiority of Islamic values over Western values.’’
That line about “turning their backs” might have been a little misplaced:
There were about 2000 people at the rally, with men and women segregated by a row of plastic markers. Male speakers spoke to the crowd from a podium at the front. The two female speakers spoke from the women’s section, meaningÂ most of the men had their backs turned to them.
Leading Hizbie chick Fautmeh Ardati defended her multi-layer fabric liberation enclosure:
Women had two options, she said. ‘’The Western secular way of life, which robs a woman of her dignity, honour and respect, where she is considered little more than a commodity to be bought and sold, or the option of Islam, where a woman’s dignity, respect and honour are priceless.’’
That’s not a very nice thing to say about Western women, nor about face-exposerÂ Robina Jalali, currently running forÂ election in Afghanistan. Sheikh Shady â€“ theÂ real Sheikh Shady, I assume â€“ also attended yesterday’s rally:
Sheikh Shady al-Suleiman said Muslims loved Australia but rejected interference in the practice of their religion. ‘’Keep away from our affairs,’’ he said. (or else?)
When your religion is in the main street, strolling about in Mohammed’sÂ Snuggie and viewing the world through a mail slot, it’s not justÂ your affair, mate. More from Ardati:
‘’We dress like this because it is the command of Allah, not any man.’’
The last paragraph includes this line: “One woman wearing a burqa said she would have to ask her husband before speaking to the Herald.” Further from Andrew McCarthy:
Islamist ideologues are ascendant because they are moving what they are proud to call their “civilizational jihad” against the West from the battlefield, where they know they cannot win, to our institutions, where the scales tip in the Islamists’ favor. They are culturally confident. We, on the other hand, are ambivalent about whether our culture deserves to survive. No law can solve that problem.
He’s right. It’s a cultural deal, not a legal one.
- Burka law covers every eventuality (from the Times, you know what that means…)
- Abbott wishes fewer people wore burka (if wishes were horses, even beggars could ride….)
- Ban the burka debate spreads to Spain (how about handcuffs for Muslim men instead?)
- French bill to ban burka passes vote (its not much, but a beginning nevertheless…)