Update: Born for the Freedom Sack!
Some people are indeed made for the freedom sack. Here’s an update on Rachel Woodlock, who is definitely Â better off and “protected from thinking under portable seclusion”. (thanks to Mullah)
You can read her full Monash profile below the fold.
Rachel is Â supervised by Professor Emeritus Gary Bouma, featured here...
Get your vomit bag:
Rachel seems to be Â another progressive airhead who believes misogyny is a fashion statement that liberates from thinking, Â FGM is a ‘rite of passage” and polygamy Â means family values.
(Check out the comments, doesn’t look like many buyers…)
“What’s liberating about Islam is that one is spared from having to think.”
UMM Yusuf, an Australian convert to Islam who lives in suburban Fawkner, is finishing her afternoon prayers. The house is fragrant with the smell of the tomatoes, cumin and coriander her Bangladeshi husband is cooking in the kitchen.
I’m sitting on cushions on a richly patterned rug on their living room floor, waiting. I smile at the three girls and their brother gazing at me with unashamed curiosity. I’ve come to ask their mother about how she embraced Islam as a teenager 17 years ago and then converted, and how she came to wear the face-veil known as the niqab soon after.
She asked that I give her name as Umm Yusuf, an Islamic honorific meaning ”mother of Yusuf”. Back when she converted, she says, ”I didn’t know there were any women in Melbourne that did wear the niqab.’‘ Yet now she says it gives her a great sense of freedom.
Its all about “modesty”, right?
Should the West Ban the Burqa?
Many Muslim and ex-MuslimÂ experts on Islam insist that the Qu’ranÂ does not command women to cover their faces, bodies or hair. Women are merely told to dress modestly. They further point out that for part or all of the 20th century, many women in Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Afghanistan, stopped wearing the veil and wore western dress. Islamists claim that the veil is a religious requirement; that bikinis are worse than burqas; that veiled Muslim women are sacred and as such, should not be exposed to corrupting Western, secular mores.
All Europe is wrestling with the issue of whether to ban the Islamic veil.
“Many Muslim and ex-Muslim experts on Islam insist that the Qu’ran does not command women to cover their faces, bodies or hair. Women are merely told to dress modestly.”
Unfortunately, these “experts” are wrong.
Sura 33, Al-Ahzab, 55,
Oh Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (i.e. screen themselves completely except 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 Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful…..
From the Koran of scholar Taj Din Al Hilali, sponsored by the King Fahd Academy.
Muslim French Intellectuals Criticize Obama’s Statement on the Hijab
“We seem to have forgotten the blood-soaked days in my country of origin, Algeria, when women were slaughtered for [choosing not to wear the veil]
in his June 4, 2009 Cairo speech, U.S. President Hussein Obama emphasized that Muslim women in the U.S. are free to don the hijab. He said: “…Freedom in America is indivisible from the freedom to practice one’s religion. That is why there is a mosque in every state of our union, and over 1,200 mosques within our borders. That is why the U.S. government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab, and to punish those who would deny it.”
Obama’s statements triggered strong criticism among Arab intellectuals in France, where for the past few years there has been an ongoing debate about the permissibility of wearing the veil in public.
Following are excerpts from some of their reactions:
Reformist writer Dr. Abdelwahab Meddeb, a professor of comparative literature at the University of Paris X in Nanterre and author of the booksÂ The Malady of Islam (New York: Basic Books, 2003) and Counter-Preaching (Contre-PrÃªches, Seuil, Paris, 2006)Â Â wrote: “Obama’s pertinent speech in Cairo was wrong in at least one respect. Let us say [for the sake of the argument] â€“ though I find it difficult to do so â€“ that women should be free to wear the veil. [Still, Obama] should have added that they must [also] be free to remove it.”
- Catalonia: More burka-ban proposals
- Basel: Woman attacked for wearing headscarf
- France: Muslim intellectuals criticize Obama’s hijab statement
Leila BarbÃ¨s, a professor of religion and sociology at the Catholic University of Lille, also referred to the hijab issue, though not in direct response to Obama’s speech. She explained that, in the context of the veil, “free choice” was an illusion: “The moment [wearing] the veil is presented as a divine duty, the issue of free choice is no longer valid, [and] all Muslim women are exposed to [this religious] propaganda. How can we pretend they have a choice when they are told that [their] religion obligates [them to wear a veil]? The women [who wear] a full veil [i.e. aÂ niqab, which covers everything but the eyes,] do so in order to comply with what is requested and expected of them by their husbands or their sect.”
Sihem Habchi, president of the feminist organization Ni Putes Ni Soumises [“Neither Whores nor Slaves”], said: “We seem to have forgotten the blood-soaked days in my country of origin, Algeria, when women were slaughtered for [choosing not to wear the veil]. And what about the Afghan women [under the Taliban], who were denied education and suffered from the [negative] effects of wearing that portable prison [the burqa]?
“To think that Mr. Obama reached out to fundamentalists in Cairo, trying to buy them with [his statement about] the veil! He did not say a word in Cairo about fundamental freedoms… or about all the women who are currently fighting around the world to launch a debate [about the veil] in their country! We must support these women… What are we afraid of?”
Philosopher Abdennour Bidar, author of numerous articles on modern Islam, expressed sorrow that Obama had been more concerned with image than with other, more important considerations. In an interview about the issue of theÂ niqab, he said: “[It’s a pity that] politicians, and especially Obama, seem to sacrifice the truth for the sake of appearance, and [choose] a mode of communication that consecrates image [above anything else]…”
The burqa is a war on women
A bizarre form of political correctness is preventing us from an open discussion about what is, in fact, female subjugation.
It would seem there are some things in Australia we are not allowed to discuss. A ban on the burqa is clearly one of them. But the time has come to get over our fears and cultural fragilities – and grow up. The call to ban the burqa is receiving serious consideration in European parliaments. And it should here, too.
Belgian legislators voted last month to outlaw the burqa in public places. On Wednesday, a bipartisan resolution passed by the French parliament deploring the burqa – on the grounds of “dignity” and “equality of men and women” – was presented to the French cabinet, and a ban is expected later this year. Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Canada are also grappling with the issue.
But in Australia, in a sign of cultural timidity and intellectual weakness, we seem intent on shunning any meaningful debate about the burqa and its place in a liberal democracy. At one level this is understandable, given the issue has become a confusing tussle between feminists and well-meaning liberals; nervous libertarians and right-wing ideologues; and the usual smattering of racists and dog-whistling shock-jocks.
- The spread of Islam/ Alan Jones comments on the spread of Islam, and the treatment of those who dare to ask questions.
THE Reverend Fred Nile will introduce a Bill to parliament calling for a ban on the Islamic burqa head and body veil.
Which makes Keysar mighty upset, because its all about freedom, dont’cha know…?
Mullah sends this in:
7’s Today Tonight with the results of their “should the burqa be banned …” poll. Result 97% Yes, 3% No.
The man makes sense.
The Mohammedan shill offers the usual BS: ‘its only a tiny minority, less than .5 percent, its divisive, (as if Islam was not divisive!) its targeting and demonizing a particular group, is about “choice”, (its not) its about democracy (which Muslims want to replace with sharia) its a manifestation of their religious identity Â (which makes them unemployable) its a poll from the Herald Sun which is not representative of the majority of Australians” , etc. etc……
The burqa is not (yet) banned in France. But new immigrants who choose to wear the burqa or those who force them into it, would have their French citizenship application rejected.
In the next video ~ the person posting it has interjected his opinion, but it covers the burqa debate raging in Australia all the same. Read more…
Tall Claims by Muslim Clerics:
Mohammedanism makes women just like Madonna, Muslims are guardians of Italian virtue & traditions:
(Italy)Â A woman in Italy was fined for wearing her burka in public and in response the head of Italy’s Muslims has opined how veiled Islamic women have become the true upholders of western traditions of female dress;
“If we go and see the beautiful artistic representations of the Madonna, we see her with the veil. We don’t see her semi-naked, I think.For that reason, I believe it is the Muslims who are protecting the traditions of our country.” Â Â Islamic males find yet another excuse in which to defend oppressing women/eye on the world
The burqa, a traditional dress of conservative Muslim women which completely covers the face, is also becoming the disguise of choice for criminals. (the burqa is not “traditional dress of conservative Muslim women”, that is BS. The burqa is a symbol of defiance against western society. 30 years ago most women in Muslim countries would not wear the veil, this militant perversion of women’s rights Â comes from the Saudis who brainwash new imams to brainwash the believers, and muslim women are forced into it, or else)
As usual, KRudd has no opinion and needs a multi-million dollar survey Â to make his mind up for him….. SMH
Cory Bernardi: the burqa has no place in Australian society… Â Â SMH
The KRudd regime Â squanders your taxpayer dollars Â to make Islamic madrasas safe:
Islamic schools Iqra Grammar and Qibla Colleges will get $109,100 and $105,100 respectively under the Federal Government’s Secure Schools Program.
Laurie needs a new drug…….
Labor Candidate for Werriwa, Laurie Ferguson, announced the funding hand-outs last week. More>>
Liberal senator Â Cory Bernardini has sparked outrage after he called for a ban on the burqa in Australia. (Who could possibly be “outraged” over banning the garbage sack?)
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said there was “understandable concern in the community” about people wearing the burqa, but a ban was not Coalition policy… Premier John Brumby attacked the call, accusing proponents of taking a “cynical view” of the world… A spokesman for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd refused to comment on the burqa.
KRudd accuses opposition of double talk on banning burqas
Opposing the freedom sack is “Ignorant”. Opposing Islam is “ignorant”.
Hmm, perhaps we should tell Keysar Trad that Australia is un-Islamic…..
Join the cult so you can be filled with wisdom, just like Keysar Trad, who calls us “the Â criminal dregs of white society”.
An Australian Liberal senator’s call to ban the burqa has been dismissed as a political stunt aimed at tapping into anti-Islamic sentiment. TVNZ
sez Cory Bernardini
Islamic groups hope the vast majority of Australians will see through the comments as “nothing short of either ignorance or political opportunism”.
Writing on his personal blog, outspoken South Australian senator Cory Bernardi referred to a burqa-clad man who robbed a Sydney shop, commenting that the veil was now “emerging as the preferred disguise of bandits and n’er do wells”.
He wants to see it banned, but also because it prevents women from interacting in normal day-to-day life.
“The burqa isolates some Australians from others,” he wrote.
“It is un-Australian … and its symbolic barrier is far greater than the measure of cloth it is created from.
“For safety and for society, the burqa needs to be banned in Australia.”
“The criminal dregs of white society colonised this country, and now, they only take the select choice of other societies, and the descendants of these criminal dregs tell us that they are better than us.”
Islamic Friendship Association’s Keysar Trad rejected the call as “ignorant.”
Wearing the burqa actually encouraged women to integrate into Australian society, whereas a ban would only force them indoors where they’d “miss out on the vitamin D”.
“It’s tantamount to denying them the right to drive, the right to enjoy all the services of society as well as equal opportunity,” Trad said.
Really? Â Trad is playing the Italian “chicken” game here. By restricting a woman’s movements even more and blaming it on the state’s efforts to prevent it… not unlike the frequently encountered, circular argument that fighting back against jihad is the root cause of jihad. Australian authorities, for their part, may want to consider the application of rules on wrongful imprisonment.
“I hope Australians will see this for what it is, it’s nothing short of either ignorance or political opportunism.”
In France, a bid to ban the veil from public places was about President Nicolas Sarkozy trying to win anti-Islamic votes, Trad said.
It was no surprise that with only months to go before a federal election, an Australian politician was trying the same tack.
But such comments only drove a wedge into the community. (Not. Mohammedans drive a wedge in our community. Mohammedanism divides us, Mohammedanism has to be stopped in Australia/ed)
What would our world look like if Muslims were given complete freedom to practice their religion?
Muslim clerics in Lucknow expressed their displeasure at the French President Nicolas Sarkozy for terming the burqa as an index of subjugating women, andÂ said Muslims must be given complete freedom to practice their religion.
“It’s an attack on freedom of humanity”
(note once again, please, that Muslims only consider Muslims as human. Unbelievers are Â “things najis”, filth, vermin, sons of apes and pigs and “killing unbelievers is a small matter to us…”)
If Muslims are living in their country, then the Muslims must be given complete freedom to practice their religion; else declare it a Christian theocratic country so that all the Muslims would leave,” said Maulana Kalbe Jawad Naqvi, a senior Shia Muslim cleric.
(Gee, what a simple solution! Why didn’t anyone think of this before?)
Ban the Burqa
The burqa is no longer simply the symbol of female repression and Islamic culture, it is now emerging as the preferred disguise of bandits and n’er do wells.
In Sydney this morningÂ a man was robbed by a burqa wearing bandit who further disguised his (or her) identity by wearing sunglasses. The bandit was described by police as being of “Middle Eastern appearance”.
It also establishes a different set of rules and societal expectations in our hitherto homogenous society.
That’s not all: