Freedom Sack Meets Resistance

Australia:

Minister says burka is ‘alien’, prompting applause from Libs

It is a debate we should have while still few women wear it. Later is too late:

THE federal opposition has backed a West Australian minister’s controversial comments on the burka, saying the dress goes against Australian culture and should not be worn. (H/T Bolt: Saying no to the burqa )

The Australian/Debbie Guest, Jodie Minus

THE federal opposition has backed a West Australian minister’s controversial comments on the burka, saying the dress goes against Australian culture and should not be worn.

Umm Jamaal wants to be closer to God Allah.

WA Minister for Women’s Interests Robyn McSweeney sparked heated debate when she spoke out against the burka at the weekend, labelling it “alien” to Australia’s way of life. “I’m saying that it’s confronting when somebody’s face is not showing and I personally think that they’re being oppressed,” Ms McSweeney told The Australian yesterday. “I would just love for them to have the freedom to show their faces.”

Opposition parliamentary secretary for the status of women Michaelia Cash said the burka had nothing to do with religion because Islam stipulated modesty only, not the wearing of a face covering. She said the dress deprived women of their identity and isolated them from society. “It is inconsistent with our culture and values and I truly believe that women should not do it,” she said.

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Both Senator Cash and Ms McSweeney said they were not advocating legislation to ban the burka but wanted Australians to have a “conversation” about whether it should be worn.

But Liberal senator Cory Bernardi renewed his calls for a burka ban because the garment was a security threat and restricted social interaction. In Europe to monitor France’s anti-burka law — under which veiled women will be fined E150 ($205) from today — he supported Ms McSweeney.

Sydney woman Umm Jamaal, who has worn the burka for 18 years, said she wanted to meet the WA politician because this would change the minister’s perception.

She said none of the women she knew had been forced to wear the garment and usually begged their husbands to let them wear the burka. “We wear it because we want to be closer to God,” she said.

Minister for the Status of Women Kate Ellis said the government was not considering a burka ban and there were differing views about the covering.

She said her view was that governments should support a person’s choice in dress and encourage understanding of diversity.

Queensland Minister for Women Karen Struthers said Australians respected cultural traditions “as long as no one is being hurt”. South Australian Minister for the Status of Women Gail Gago said there was no reason to influence a Muslim woman’s choice if it were made freely.

WA opposition women’s interests spokeswoman Sue Ellery claimed Ms McSweeney was playing the race card. Victorian opposition women’s affairs spokeswoman Jill Hennessy accused Ms McSweeney of engaging in “dog whistle politics”.

Additional reporting: Jared Owens, Rebecca Puddy, Pia Akerman

 

7 thoughts on “Freedom Sack Meets Resistance”

  1. The burqa is offensive!

    Robyn McSweeney’s comments are NOT controversial, burqas on the other hand are not just controversial they are highly offensive.

    WA Minister for Women’s Interests Robyn McSweeney sparked heated debate when she spoke out against the burka at the weekend, labelling it “alien” to Australia’s way of life. “I’m saying that it’s confronting when somebody’s face is not showing and I personally think that they’re being oppressed,” Ms McSweeney told The Australian yesterday. “I would just love for them to have the freedom to show their faces.” (source)

    As always on such occasions some “made on the run”, Western sharia experts weight in with their learnt opinion:

    Opposition parliamentary secretary for the status of women Michaelia Cash said the burka had nothing to do with religion because Islam stipulated modesty only, not the wearing of a face covering.

    Oh really? So why does the Quran orders Muslim women to “draw their cloaks close round them” (stress on close)?

    Quran – 33:59 Allah says: O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (tanslated to close) – i.e. screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way). That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is Ever of Forgiving, Most Merciful.

    The most eminent tafsir (exegesis) writer, bin Kathir comments on this verse:

    Here Allah tells His Messenger to command the believing women — especially his wives and daughters, because of their position of honour — to draw their Jibes over their bodies, so that they will be distinct in their appearance from the women of the Jahiliyyah and from slave women. The Jilbab is a Rida’, worn over the Khimar. This was the view of Ibn Mas’ud, ‘Ubaydah, Qatadah, Al-Hasan Al-Basri, Sa’id bin Jubayr, Ibrahim An-Nakha’i, ‘Ata’ Al-Khurasani and others. It is like the Izar used today. Al-Jawhari said: “The Jilbab is the outer wrapper. ‘Ali bin Abi Talhah reported that Ibn ‘Abbas said that Allah commanded the believing women, when they went out of their houses for some need, to cover their faces from above their heads with the Jilbab, leaving only one eye showing. Muhammad bin Sirin said, “I asked ‘Ubaydah As-Salmani about the Ayah: (to draw their Jalabib over their bodies.) He covered his face and head, with just his left eye showing.” (That will be better that they should be known so as not to be annoyed. ) means, if they do that, it will be known that they are free, and that they are not servants or whores. (source)

    Let us remember then that it is Sharia that dictates to Muslims how to live their lives and it is up to the local Imam and community elders to interpret fine points of Allah’s will and to REINFORCE them (look at Saudi Arabia, Yemen or Iran for hints).

    Also let us remember that it was Muhammad who introduced “veiling” of the Muslim women and so the argument that burqas, niqabs, chadors etc are “cultural” not religious is simply a fallacy.

    There are also some true dimwits, who instantly try to bring racism into the equation:

    WA opposition women’s interests spokeswoman Sue Ellery claimed Ms McSweeney was playing the race card. Victorian opposition women’s affairs spokeswoman Jill Hennessy accused Ms McSweeney of engaging in “dog whistle politics”.(source)

    How many times should we state: Islam is NOT a race.

  2. It would be sufficient if a law was passed permitting people to refuse entrance to anyone covering their face if they wish.
    Stop all the special ‘offence’ rubbish when a bank says a covered face is a safety risk or a policeman considers that a driver lacks peripheral vision.

    We just need to remove all those special PC laws made to fulfil the ‘do-not-offend-the-umma-if-you-wish-to-live’ policy.

  3. Ban the people wearing the burqu, that’s where the buck should stop – it wont stop Islam but it will make a few of them abandon their ploy of coming here. At lease we will not be putting out the welcome mat.

    Muslims must be treated as “Hostiles” and our government must speak out to warn its citizens.

  4. we should all wear burqas and speak out against the fascism of muslims who diktat what and who can wear anything and prvent free speech pointing out out their unreasonableness.
    frankly I am terrified after the bullets at a hindu temple smack bang in auburn muslim land.
    where is the christian minister who was so pally with the imam who was repatriated after asio found him to be arisk?
    he should be coming out with all his muslim ‘friends’ in solidarity against the muslims who shot at the hindu temple and terrorise the priest and his family.
    keyser trad should be questioned about his tirade against indians, hindus, jains, etc, and not pretend to be a friendship ambassador while he has not recanted his earlier wordes.
    he should condemn those who did this and ask that they be excommunicated and killed by a muslim fatwa if he is really serious about his sophistry.
    all this should be channelled through sympathetic MPs so that they have the ammo to attack this entrenched toxin in our national body.

  5. If she wants to get closer to Allah, why not get the hell of our country and go to Allah la la la land. When are they going to get the message from the infidels that we do not want their repulsive, smelly garbage bags here.

  6. Google “Insights into Islam” about the raid on the Khaybar oasis:

    “Safiyya was amongst those who were ordered to use a veil” Bukhari vol 5 book 59 no. 523

    This is Moe ordering women to veil themselves. It is not a free choice for women.

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