DFAT Supports Hijab wearing

Ms Abdel-Magied who sat next to Malcolm Turnbull at the Iftar dinner for Muslim leaders held at Kirribilli House last year to celebrate the end of Ramadan, made headlines this week when, as a guest on the ABC’s Q&A program, she describe­d Islam as “the most femin­ist” of all relig­ions.

Her statement was rejected by a fiery senator Jacqui Lambie, who argued that those countries where sharia informs the law are some of the most violently mis­ogynistic places on earth.

Pity it was left to Corporal Senator Jackie Lambie to respond but Abdel-Magied's statement certainly needs debate.

This also needs some debate;

The federal government paid for activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied to tour some of the world’s most repressive Islami­c regimes last Novem­be­r, promoting her book about being a Sudanese-Egypt­ian-Australian Muslim woman who wears the hijab.

The tour, which included stops in Saudi Arabia, where women are flogged for adultery and are not permitted to drive, was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which declined yesterday to reveal the cost.

Why would DFAT feel a need to dish out taxpayers funds to promote a book in the Middle East advocating hijab wearing ?

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  • “Why would DFAT feel a need to dish out taxpayers funds to promote a book in the Middle East advocating hijab wearing ?”
    Have you read her book?
    If you haven’t, it might be a good idea to do so before you tell us what it advocates.
    It’s available as an ebook – https://penguin.com.au/books/yassmins-story-9780857986177
    Advocacy for wearing the hijab is not what it is about.

  • Advocacy for wearing the hijab is not what it is about. No, it’s all about convincing us that Islam is OK. It isn’t
    gave a TEDx Talk “What does my headscarf mean to you”
    Goes to St Paul’s College because they allowed to wear her headscarf
    Says of Islam it’s about mercy, it’s about kindness
    In 2007 she was named Young Australian Muslim of the Year. I must have missed the Young Australian Catholic, Protestant, Anglican etc of the year.
    Is employed by the ABC
    Is a multicultural activist and promotes diversity and inclusion (a contradiction?) in western nations.
    Goes on a tour paid for by the taxpayer to promote an ideology that would destroy us. What were DFAT and the government thinking.
    She has become a pinup and go-to girl for the ABC and the Left as they strive to change our mind about Islam.
    All of that sets off alarm bells.
    She is of little interest to me until she starts promoting the Australian lifestyle. The one that’s funding her media fame.
    “The most femin­ist” of all relig­ions is so wrong that you must question everything she says.

    • “Goes to St Paul’s College because they allowed to wear her headscarf”

      Yep – could have gone to any school in Brisbane, and Toowoomba for that matter. I work in schools where headscarves are commonplace. Nobody cares.

      “Says of Islam it’s about mercy, it’s about kindness.”

      Most if it is. There are some sects (Wahhabism – which has been around for a long time) and Boko Haram (a relatively new development) which are radical and espouse Sharia Law and totalitarianism. To call them “Islam” is about as accurate as calling the Kingdom Identity Ministries (http://www.kingidentity.com/) and the Klu Klux Klan (https://traditionalistamericanknights.com/Application.php) “Christianity”.

      When I studied Islam in 1972 (ironically on a DLNS rehab fellowship) these sects (whom most Australians had never heard of) were described as aberrations. The fact that a bunch of lunatics flew aircraft into buildings in 2001 does not alter that basic fact. What 9/11 has very successfully done has been to create a reaction in the west that dragged us into a disastrous war that has fed the radical sects and given them what they regard as a reason to exist. It’s a classic example of asymmetric warfare and has played into the hands of the terrorists.

      “In 2007 she was named Young Australian Muslim of the Year.”

      Yep, and in 2015 she was a National Finalist for Young Australian of the Year. The winner was Drisana Levitzke-Gray, an advocate for people with hearing impairment. Both Levitzke-Gray and Abdel-Magied are Australian citizens, just like you and me.

      “diversity and inclusion (a contradiction?) in western nations”

      Not a contradiction – just the opposite. Inclusion and diversity go hand in hand. My job is to assist with the inclusion of children with disabilities in bush schools. They are, as a consequence of their disabilities, different and diverse. They require specialised support. Exactly the same applies (for very different reasons) for children from different and diverse backgrounds.

      “Goes on a tour paid for by the taxpayer to promote an ideology that would destroy us.”

      No – she is promoting Australian values of tolerance and inclusion. That’s why she was visiting countries where these values are not as front and centre as they are in this country. I’m proud of my country’s values, and quite happy for my taxpayer dollar to be used to promote them. This person is a great advocate for Australia, and the fact that she’s a Muslim gives her credibility amongst people of her creed in other countries – very effective. You really need to read her book. She describes why her family left Sudan – to escape the kind of fundamentalism ascribed to her on Q and A by Pauline Hanson. No wonder she got angry.

      Mind you – arguing with someone as thick as Pauline is a complete waste of time.

      When she describes Islam as “feminist” she is talking about the moderate denomination that her family belongs to. They fled their country of birth, because the fundamentalists who took power after the Second Sudanese Civil War considered her father a threat. Her relatively brief life so far indicates that she and her family practices what she preaches. Do you think she would have graduated with honours in a male dominated field like engineering without support from her family – especially her father?

      She’s also a petrol head – but that’s another story.

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