Are Aussie Journo's the Dumbest in the World?

Sharia enforced: court throws out male journalists

Andrew Bolt

And the journalists accepted this court-enforced segregation?

A MUSLIM woman who sparked a national debate when she asked to give evidence in court wearing a niqab has uncovered her face to testify in a fraud trial.

Tasneem, whose last name has been suppressed by the Perth District Court, gave evidence for just 15 minutes today in the trial of Anwar Sayed…

Tasneem, 36, has worn a niqab since the age of 17 and wanted to wear it while giving evidence in the trial. But Judge Shauna Deane in August ruled she must remove the face-covering garment so that the jury could see her facial expressions…

Judge Deane last week ruled that to make it easier for Tasneem to give evidence comfortably, men would be removed from the court.

The only men allowed in the courtroom while she gave her evidence today were male jurors, the judge’s usher, Mr Sayed and the lawyers. While female journalists were allowed to stay in the court to report on Tasneem’s evidence, male journalists were ejected.

I’m shocked none of the male journalists or their employers protested against this segregation.


Apologies – the fault is the court’s:

A lawyer representing Network Ten and the Seven and Nine networks made an application on Friday to alter the order so that male journalists could remain in court, but the application was rejected.

2nd Update from Ezra Levant:

Canada takes the sharia one step further

It is illegal for a woman wearing a face-obscuring veil to board a plane in Canada. But a unanimous ruling last week by the Ontario Court of Appeal says it’s just fine for that same woman to give testimony in court with her face covered.

There’s more. Ontario’s highest court says veiled women can ask for an order to clear men out of the courtroom — any men in the public gallery, any male court staff, even her opponent’s lawyer, even the judge himself — in return for taking off her veil. It’s paragraph 85 of the ruling.

Shariah law has come to Canada.

Face-obliterating veils called niqabs are a medieval tool for gender apartheid. They destroy a woman’s identity. They turn her into an object, a chattel owned by her master — which is why they’re the norm in Saudi Arabia, where women have fewer rights than men and only slightly more than animals.

Burkas — an even more prison-like shroud, with just a tiny beekeeper’s screen to peek through — are the Taliban variety. Those are now allowed on the witness stand in Canada, too.

Rip the Ten Commandments off the wall, because we must have separation of church and state. But when the most un-Canadian expression of radical Islam walks in the court, our judges follow the Qur’an.

But that’s not fair to the Qur’an. No verse in that book requires face-covering. But our judges now say it’s a Charter right.

To their shame, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association intervened to support this. They have demanded Bibles be removed from schools and the Lord’s Prayer be banned from legislatures. But Muslim veils — a chastity belt for the face — have their support in a secular court.

The CCLA has found religion. And LEAF, the feminist law organization built with Canadian tax dollars, has a new view on a woman’s proper place. They argued for the niqab, too.

As National Post columnist Barbara Kay points out, a survey of Muslim women in France found 77% wear the veil out of fear of men.

Australian Imam Taj Din al-Hilali put it another way, in a sermon about rape: “If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside on the street … and the cats come and eat it … whose fault is it, the cats’ or the uncovered meat? The uncovered meat is the problem.”

LEAF supports covering up “the meat.” Now our courts do too.

The Ontario ruling came about because a Muslim woman alleged she was molested as a child by her uncle and her cousin in the 1980s. It’s a horrendous accusation and, if true, the woman deserves our sympathy and the accused deserve our most punitive punishment. But before we get there, there’s the matter of a trial.

In Canada, even accused rapists have the right to question their accuser and the court has the right to observe her demeanour. It’s why we don’t allow testimony from someone wearing a mask.

But this accuser didn’t want to take off her mask.

“It’s a respect issue, one of modesty and one of — in Islam, we call honour,” she told the judge at the preliminary inquiry “It’s to conceal the beauty of a woman.”

She had only been wearing a veil for about five years and the judge found her religious belief was “not that strong.” But “I would feel a lot more comfortable if I didn’t have to, you know, reveal my face.”

Sure, she took the veil off to get her driver’s licence. But that was important, you see. Not like accusing a man of a horrendous crime.

The judge told her to take off her veil. That’s what was over-ruled last week.

This could be great, says the Court of Appeal. The reliability of her veiled testimony could actually be better.

“Without the niqab … one could not expect her to be herself on the witness stand … her embarrassment and discomfort could be misinterpreted as uncertainty and unreliability.”

But it’s more than law. It’s politics, they say. Allowing the niqab “could be seen as a recognition and acceptance of those minority beliefs and practices.”

That’s exactly the problem.

In heaven, Aqsa Parvez is screaming again.

5 thoughts on “Are Aussie Journo's the Dumbest in the World?”

  1. Respect issue you say? Where is the respect to us or any of our citizens. A famous incident is the court case of a murder at the Lebanon by Night, Club in Homebush. The main witness for the Crown was a young woman who had been frightened out of her wits. She kept looking at the door. She had been warned off by the murderers and had cause to be scared.
    She did not have any protection in that open court. None of us do. Why should these Muslim nut cases get special treatment when an Australian (and I am one of them) cannot get any kind of protection for ourselves or family from these Muslim people, yet as we see in this story Muslims get every concession.
    It is all wrong. I am disgusted in every facet of our society now.

  2. Every time some deluded “we must respect their culture”-alist speaks up in favour of this ridiculous notion that a woman becoming an invisible object is somehow good, he shortens the time to the day when *he* is the one standing in the courtroom, accused of some terrible transgression like having tried to shake hands with a woman, about to be sentenced under *sharia* law .
    Deluded! Deluded! How could it have come to this!

  3. Its all about the oil, dear people. Our governments have sold us out so that they can line their pockets. Are we going to stand by and allow corrupt politicians and evil Islam to ruin our future. The goal of islma and socialists is to turn us into a serf class. I don’t know about you but I’m not going to go down without a fight. Time to gather our weapons and get nasty just like the Muslims.

  4. Wolfy,I agree with you,Ive been saying for years,it’s going to come down to the individual to do something,I can particularly relate to the last two sentences

  5. French cabin crews have no right to tell Muslim women to remove their burqa aboard Air France flights – despite a nationwide ban on full face veils, the airline has ruled.

    Islamic passengers can be ordered to remove the garment while waiting in French airports to board the plane at the gate.

    But once on board, they are free to put their burqa back on, according to an internal memo to staff from Air France’s legal department…. (source)

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