Australia is "culturally insensitive"

Measured by which degree of dhimmitude?

New Australian law to make Muslims lift veils

ROD McGUIRK  from the Associated Press works himself in a lather over this one. Who needs Muslim grievance theater when culturally sensitive loons like him do it all for them?

You see, Rod McGuirk really, really wants you to love the burqa like he loves it.  Whats not to love about it, you greasy Islamophobes? Stop pestering Muslim women!

But let’s give a full picture of the situation, shall we? Here are some interesting news items regarding the hijab that CNN did not deem fit to print:

That’s just for starters. There’s more where that came from.

Muslim women would have to remove veils and show their faces to police on request or risk a prison sentence under proposed new laws in Australia’s most populous state that have drawn criticism as culturally insensitive.

A Muslim woman wearing a burqa shops at a local market in Sydney Sunday, July 10, 2011. Muslim women would have to remove veils and show their faces to police on request or risk a prison sentence under proposed new laws in Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales that have drawn criticism as culturally insensitive. (on a tip from WZ)

A vigorous debate that the proposal has triggered reflects the cultural clashes being ignited by the growing influx of Muslim immigrants and the unease that visible symbols of Islam are causing in predominantly white Christian Australia since 1973 when the government relaxed its immigration policy.

Under the law proposed by the government of New South Wales, which includes Sydney, a woman who defies police by refusing to remove her face veil could be sentenced to a year in prison and fined 5,500 Australian dollars ($5,900).

The bill — to be voted on by the state parliament in August — has been condemned by civil libertarians and many Muslims as an overreaction to a traffic offense case involving a Muslim woman driver in a “niqab,” or a veil that reveals only the eyes.

The government says the law would require motorists and criminal suspects to remove any head coverings so that police can identify them.

Critics say the bill smacks of anti-Muslim bias given how few women in Australia wear burqas. In a population of 23 million, only about 400,000 Australians are Muslim. Community advocates estimate that fewer than 2,000 women wear face veils, and it is likely that even a smaller percentage drives.

Not a word about anti-infidel bias, which is an inbred phobia in Muslims.

“It does seem to be very heavy handed, and there doesn’t seem to be a need,” said Australian Council for Civil Liberties spokesman David Bernie. “It shows some cultural insensitivity.”

Keep him in mind when the curtain falls in this theater.

The controversy over the veils is similar to the debate in other Western countries over whether Muslim women should be allowed to wear garments that hide their faces in public. France and Belgium have banned face-covering veils in public. Typical arguments are that there is a need to prevent women from being forced into wearing veils by their families or that public security requires people to be identifiable.

Bernie noted that while a bandit disguised with a veil and sunglasses robbed a Sydney convenience store last year, there were no Australian crime trends involving Muslim women’s clothing.

“It is a religious issue here,” said Mouna Unnjinal, a mother of five who has been driving in Sydney in a niqab for 18 years and has never been booked for a traffic offense.

“We’re going to feel very intimidated and our privacy is being invaded,” she added.

Unnjinal said she would not hesitate to show her face to a policewoman. But she fears male police officers might misuse the law to deliberately intimidate Muslim women.

“If I’m pulled over by a policeman, I might say I want to see a female police lady and he says, ‘No, I want to see your face,'” Unnjinal said. “Where does that leave me? Do I get penalized 5,000 dollars and sent to jail for 12 months because I wouldn’t?”

Sydney’s best-selling The Daily Telegraph newspaper declared the proposal “the world’s toughest burqa laws.” In France, wearing a burqa — the all-covering garment that hides the entire body except eyes and hands — in public is punishable by a 150 euro ($217) fine only.

The New South Wales state Cabinet decided to create the law on July 4 in response to Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione’s call for greater police powers. Other states including Victoria and Western Australia are considering similar legislation.

“I don’t care whether a person is wearing a motorcycle helmet, a burqa, niqab, face veil or anything else — the police should be allowed to require those people to make their identification clear,” State Premier Barry O’Farrell said in a statement.

The laws were motivated by the bungled prosecution of Carnita Matthews, a 47-year-old Muslim mother of seven who was booked by a highway patrolman for a minor traffic violation in Sydney in June last year.

An official complaint was made in Matthews’ name against Senior Constable Paul Fogarty, the policeman who gave her the ticket. The complaint accused Fogarty of racism and of attempting to tear off her veil during their roadside encounter.

Unknown to Matthews, the encounter was recorded by a camera inside Fogarty’s squad car. The video footage showed her aggressively berating a restrained Fogarty and did not support her claim that he tried to grab her veil before she reluctantly and angrily lifted it to show her face.

Matthews was sentenced in November to six months in jail for making a deliberately false statement to police.

But that conviction and sentence were quashed on appeal last month without her serving any time in jail because a judge was not convinced that it was Matthews who signed the false statutory declaration. The woman who signed the document had worn a burqa and a justice of the peace who witnessed the signing had not looked beneath the veil to confirm her identity.

Bernie, the civil libertarian, said the proposed law panders to public anger against Muslims that the case generated on talk radio and in tabloid newspapers, which itself is a symptom of the suspicion with which immigrants are viewed.

Muslims are among the fastest-growing minorities in Australia and mostly live in the two largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne. There are many examples to suggest they are not entirely welcome.

Muslim and non-Muslim youths rioted for days at Sydney’s Cronulla beach in 2005, drawing international attention to surging ethnic tensions. Proposals to build Islamic schools are resisted by local protest groups. The convictions of a Sydney gang of Lebanese Muslims who raped several non-Muslim women were likened by a judge to war atrocities and condemned in the media.

In 2006, then-Prime Minister John Howard published a book in which he said Muslims were Australia’s first wave of immigrants to fail to assimilate with the mainstream.

Government leaders have also condemned some Muslim clerics who said husbands are entitled to smack disobedient wives, force them to have sex and for suggesting that women who don’t hide their faces behind veils invite rape.

“I wouldn’t like to go and say this is Muslim bashing,” said Ikebal Patel, president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, of the proposed New South Wales laws.

“But I think that the timing of this was really bad for Muslims,” he said.


9 thoughts on “Australia is "culturally insensitive"”

  1. The changing of laws in Oz to accommodate muslims (followed by the changing of times?)

    Give us our own laws, say Islamic leaders

    [ISLAMIC leaders want Muslims in Australia to get interest-free loans for religious reasons.

    The nation’s Islamic leaders want recognition of sharia law as it applies to banking practices, according to an exclusive Herald Sun survey of imams.

    There was also a call for recognition of sharia law as it applies to family law.]

  2. I don’t think the Australians would be culturally insensitive. This is the way of protecting their nation´s identity. Anyway, we don’t often get to see a Muslim country acceding to the requests of its non-Muslim states, whatever those might be. Why would other countries do it?

  3. If the muslins cannot live by Australian law they must leave Australia. We should not pander to these spoilt and violent thugs anymore.

  4. Australia: Proposed laws requiring women in niqab to show face to law enforcement decried as “culturally insensitive”

    Here’s a thought: perhaps the niqab is “culturally insensitive” to Australians. In the West, the female face is not a private part. Carnita Matthews’ case in Australia was an unfortunate demonstration of how the niqab can be used to game the system: her conviction and prison term were overturned because she could not be positively identified. The proposed laws support a recent revision in regulations for New South Wales police, who now have the authority to ask women to remove their face veils for identification.

    The niqab is the product of a society where women are segregated, always under the control of male “guardians,” and live as perpetual minors. Australia is no such society, and pressuring it to be “sensitive” to a practice incompatible with its values of equal rights and responsibilities of men and women before the law is absurd.

    “New Australian law to make Muslims lift veils,” by Rod McGuirk for the Washington Examiner, July 10

  5. How does sharia finance work? How can a bank make a profit with interest free loans?
    Simple; the bank buys the $400,000 dollar house and onsells it to the dumb shit for $450,000-no interest charged!

    1. Can’t find it.

      But, yes: its always about demanding ‘respect’. (which means “fear us”)

      Its one of our fundamental, irreconcilable differences. We believe that respect has to be earned. They demand it for being …. Muslims!

  6. It should be the other way round. The immigrants should adapt to the laws and customs of the land that has offered them a home. This reminds one of the story about the Camel and the Arab. The story goes that the Arab welcomed the Camel to put its head inside his tent to keep warm. Eventually the Camel kicked the Arab out of the tent.

    Anyway immigrants of any religion or race who does not like the laws and customs of his or her new home should be told that they have come to a country that prides itself on Freedom. ” The Freedom to live in the country according to its rules and customs and religion, if any. If not interested then that person or persons is/are entitled to the FREEDOM to LEAVE”.

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