Aussie journaille who daily cheer on attacks and ridicule the Christian church in print, song, satire and parades — are suddenly full of religious respect. They signal virtue by deferring to what they think are the sensibilities of Muslims. And our political clown gallery is wearing kneepads and brown lipstick to apologise to Muslims before the next attack, for which they blame… Pauline Hanson.
George Brandis and the Quivering Lip
Pauline Hanson walked into the Senate wearing the ultimate Muslim attire for women, the hideous burqa, and silently sat down at her station. With that simple act she made a powerful and profound statement, arguably unequalled in the Senate’s history. She did so in the full knowledge that she would be torn to shreds by fellow senators. She also knew that many colleagues secretly approved but would lack the courage to express that support for fear of being labelled Islamophobic, racists, bigots and making themselves targets for the ABC, social media’s lynch mobs and the pulpiteers of the mainstream press.
Say whatever you will of Hanson, what she did required the sort of courage few of or politicians possess.
Penny Wong pontificated in her ostentatiously virtuous response about multiculturalism, the need to respect all cultures and the evil of offending others simply because they are “different”. She omitted mentioning the status of women in Islam, where they are treated like men’s chattel, needing permission to do most anything besides domestic chores, forbidden to appear in public unaccompanied by their husbands or male relatives. Let it be noted for the record that Ms Wong calls herself a feminist.
Some good news:
- The results come after Ms Hanson wore a burqa onto the floor of the Senate
- The stunt appeared to have no impact on her popularity, despite the backlash
- Newspoll survey of 1675 respondents was conducted from Thursday to Sunday
Sure, some Muslim women are able to go out by themselves or in the company of other women because not all Islamic families are strictly fundamentalist, but their menfolk always retain the licence to enforce Islamic rules. Wong also failed to mention that when a Muslim woman is raped, she can be deemed guilty of adultery and condemned to death by stoning unless four respected men of her faith, having witnessed the event, testify in her favour. And never mind, either, about homosexuals being thrown off tall buildings as an act of “kindness” to put an end to their sinning ways in their own spiritual interest. Feminist and gay, one might have expected more from Ms Wong.
And what about Senator George Brandis, our nation’s attorney-general, no less. He vehemently condemned Hanson for the gross disrespect she has shown to “a great religion” by flippantly mocking one of its most recognisable symbols. Did he ever make a similarly impassioned speech in the Senate (or anywhere else) castigating Islamists terrorists who refuse to stand in court as required? Those defendants were disrespecting Australian law and culture, which he is tasked to uphold and protect. Or is that brazen disrespect for the rule of law nowhere near as significant as the thought crime of “disrespecting” Islam?
Related utterances of other, less prominent senators and politicians indicated the woeful ignorance they purported to perceive in the opinions of the knuckle-dragging constituents they represent. What, Australians cannot accept the veiling for life of young girls, the arranged first-cousin marriages, the misogyny inherent in covering women in all-enveloping drapery because apsychotic warlord designated them vessels of sin specifically designed by Shaytan to tempt men?
Politically correct journalists, commentators and other opinion merchants endeavoured to better each other in displaying the most outrage over Hanson’s “scandalous stunt”. All did their very best to ignore that the overwhelming majority of callers to talk-back radio programs applauded Hanson’s “stunt”, although even the ABC was eventually compelled to state that “there was mixed reaction to Pauline Hanson wearing a burqa”.
For Coalition supporters — more accurately, former Coalition supporters — it cannot have escaped attention that the performance of Senator Brandis and his much-hailed quivering lip were accorded a standing ovation, not by members of his own team, who mostly sat unmoving, but Greens and Labor. If Prime Minister Turnbull wonders why the polls suggest the Coalition is heading for a thorough thrashing at the next election, that gulf between his party and many of its (former) voters might shed some light.
There is no doubt that ignorance, misconceptions and apathy are so rampant in our society, even among otherwise intelligent and caring people, that various malevolent forces are able to proliferate with little if any hindrance. These gambits are all aimed at the weakening and eventual destruction of our Western, Judeo-Christian culture — a key element of the globalists’ dream of a one-world government.
Just how aware Pauline Hanson is of this grave danger is anyone’s guess, but her courageous act most certainly struck a blow against it.
Hanson goes burka, now faces backlash
Chris Kenny, The Australian , August 17, 2017
The sight of a woman in a black burka set against the red leather of the Senate was as stark an image as our politics has thrown up in recent times.
Here was a culture clash in contrasting colours.
Just weeks ago, a senator casually encapsulated our enlightened ways of pluralism and equality by breastfeeding while she spoke in that same chamber.
Now, in a deliberate, provocative stunt, we saw the physical embodiment of fundamentalist Islam and its subjugation of women — the burka hiding its wearer from public gaze — making an appearance in parliament.
In this case the veil was removed to reveal the blazing hair and hardline views of Pauline Hanson, a politician who wants to ban Muslim migration, hold a royal commission into Islam and ban the burka.
In a building that resonates with stunts, conflict and rhetoric — and is going through a more chaotic week than usual — this moment stole the show.
Around the nation, heads shook while websites, television and social media went into a frenzy; disbelief was widespread and while jokes might have been common in offices and lounge rooms in cities and towns, in the capital there was only indignation.
The government, through Attorney-General George Brandis, overreacted. What he should have dismissed as an immature, disrespectful stunt was labelled “appalling” as he referred to the burka as a “religious garment” that, presumably, should be accorded reverence or respect.
Brandis was given a standing ovation by Labor and the Greens. The easiest love to conjure from the media/political class is to condemn Hanson or US President Donald Trump — and the Attorney-General, so often a hate figure of the left, felt that adoration instantly.
But this gave Hanson a bigger win than she could have hoped for. Here she was admonished by the political establishment in unison: the government, opposition and the Greens.
Former Liberal frontbencher Sussan Ley took to Twitter. “There is no point to be made here,” she said. “Imagine how a young Muslim girl will feel having her faith and her family mocked in our Parliament. Shame.”
This was the instant consensus in the media, as journalists rushed to congratulate Brandis, with self-conscious qualifiers about how they usually disagreed with him.
Ley, Brandis, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Penny Wong, the Greens and others allowed themselves to be instantly identified as defenders of the burka.
Was it not possible to decry the crassness of Hanson’s stunt, oppose a ban on the burka, without according this instrument of female oppression some sort of faux reverence? Is it really the case that we cannot respect Muslims without bowing to the burka?
Most Muslims around the world do not wear burkas or demand that women in their communities do. The overwhelming majority of Muslim Australians have nothing to do with the burka.
The real shock for our parliament would come if this anachronistic, discriminatory attire were ever worn into our parliament by a woman for whom by choice or cultural expectation it was standard dress. Would we welcome that as a multicultural addition to our parliament or resist it as sexual discrimination? Would that be appalling?
The real question for Ley is not about the impact of Hanson’s low-rent stunt on the feelings of young Muslim women but whether it is acceptable that some Muslim girls in Australia are expected to spend their adult lives fully covered when in public.
These difficult and nuanced questions were not addressed by Hanson of course — she is more interested in shock and division. But rest assured these are questions many Australians will ponder as these images are shown again and again.
They will wonder why Hanson — harsh, intolerant and simplistic as she might be — is the only politician ready to raise the challenging issues of Muslim integration but more powerful, educated and influential politicians unite to shut her down and defer to the burka.
The commentators — who daily cheer on attacks and ridicule directed at the Christian church in print, song, satire and parades — are suddenly full of religious respect. They parade their virtue by deferring to what they think are the sensibilities of Muslims. The media/political class pats itself on the back for its stand against Islamophobia. But in the real world the difficult questions go unanswered.
The inescapable insult of the confronting image Hanson has given us is that even when the cultural, social and security issues of Muslim integration are among the most pressing challenges for our nation, this is the level of debate in Australia.
1/ Hanson removes the burka. Picture: AAP