Looks like Susie O’Brien can’t wait to don her burqa. Is she also looking forward to her rite of passage, her FGM ceremony? Will she enjoy the beatings, her public flogging and stoning when she is accused of cheating on her hubby?
I wonder what possesses Western females who twist themselves into pretzels to make believe we are worse than the savages.
Kids should be able to practise religion peacefully, not be used for political, cultural point scoring
Susie O’Brien/Herald Sun
WHY shouldn’t children practise their religion in a peaceful way, as long as it is not affecting anyone else?
I am ashamed and disgusted at the reaction to the choice given to children to observe their religious beliefs, and walk out of assembly before the national anthem was sung at Cranbourne Carlisle Primary School.
Let’s make it clear: they are not walking out because it’s the national anthem, and they don’t respect our country.
They’re walking out because during this time of religious mourning during Muharram, it’s inappropriate.
It’s not as if they are stopping anyone else from singing the anthem.
They are simply following their own religious beliefs.
I am saddened to think this choice has been met with such a profound backlash.
Cranbourne Carlisle Primary School is proudly multicultural, reflecting the area it serves.
As its website tells us, more than half of the children don’t speak English at home.
Many of the children were born overseas, and speak languages including Dari, Krio, Samoan, Spanish, Polish, Arabic, Malayam, Tamil, Hindhi, Konkani, Punjabi, Sinhalese, Khmer and Oromo.
With this diversity comes the need for understanding of difference and tolerance.
This means that even if you don’t understand why others are doing something, you respect their right to do it.
Susie, you are full of shiite.
According to the recent census, the religious makeup of Cranbourne is 25.7% Catholic, 24.2% No religion, 14.0% Anglican, 9.4% Religious affiliation not stated, 3.6% Presbyterian and Reformed, 3.3% Uniting Church, 2.8% Islam, 2.4% Christian, 2.2% Buddhism, 2.1% Hinduism.
So let’s keep this in perspective. Even in this very diverse area only a very small proportion of the total population are Muslims. They should be given the respect due to them.
Let’s make this very clear.
There’s a big difference between kids being able to exercise their religious rights which don’t impact on anyone else, and the enforcement of Sharia Law, which I absolutely do not support.
Of course, as I have written previously, I do not agree with some of the more extreme aspects of the Islamic faith.
But whether it’s allowing children to miss singing because they are supposed to be mourning, or allowing the Muslims of Bendigo to get a new mosque, I do think people should be allowed to exercise their religious beliefs in this country where they do not come into conflict with other people’s laws or rights.
These are kids; they should not be used by adults to score political or cultural points.