The Turnbull Government paid pet Muslim Yassmin Abdel-Magied to tour some of the world’s most repressive Islamic regimes. Having returned from Saudi Arabia, she tells the ABC - which employs her - Islam is "the most feminist faith".
Is this one of the perks of being a pet Muslim?
The Prime Minister's favorite?
Sharing an end-of-Ramadan Dinner with her and Muslim ''friends''.
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...
Asked to explain the purpose, rationale and cost of the tour, DFAT said:
Her stops included Riyadh, where women who venture outdoors must wear the abaya, or full body covering, and punishments for sexual crimes include flogging and stoning; Abu Dhabi, where women require the permission of a male relative to remarry; Dubai, where most Westerners live in compounds; and Qatar, where marital rape is not a crime.
She also visited Kuwait, Jordan, Israel, Egypt and Sudan, where more than 90 per cent of women undergo forced genital mutilation, forced marriage is common and polygamy is permissible, although only for men.
Then she comes back home, so well informed:
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 atrocious 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.
Naturally, in the modern way, Muslim scholars and activists want this debate settled by shutting up dissenters, sending the ABC this joint letter: with a petition.
We, Muslim community leaders, activists, academics, community members, and, organisations and leaders against fascism and racism would like to submit a formal complaint against last night's Q & A episode featuring Jacqui Lambie. (below)
We believe this episode was in significant breach of the ABC values of “Respect We treat our audiences and each other with consideration and dignity.”, and “Integrity We act with trustworthiness, honesty and fairness”, that your organisation prides itself on.
Q & A also was in breach of its own aim to "provides a safe environment where people can respectfully discuss their differences".
I'd say Adbel-Magied didn't give Lambie a "safe environment", either, with her her yelling:
John Lyons, unlike Abdel-Magied, kept his eyes open when he visited several of these countries, and describes what Abdel-Magied missed:
Abdel Magied argued that women are treated well in Islam.This may be the case in Brisbane, where she lives, but the idea of trying to argue this about Islam in general is nonsense...In Iran, discrimination against women is entrenched in the law — the treatment of women as second-class citizens is open and formalised...For example, if a negligent driver in Iran hits and injures a female pedestrian the courts will make the driver pay half the compensation that they would if they injured a male pedestrian...I was invited into some homes, where I spoke to many young Iranian women about their status.Clearly frustrated, the married ones told me that an Iranian woman could only leave home, even to go to the shops, if their husband or father gave them “permission.”...Things in Saudi Arabia are just as bad — women are not allowed to drive cars.
Bear in mind that Sheikh al-Luhaydan is a spiritual leader, guiding future generations of Saudis in their attitudes...In 2010, the United Nations put on a summer camp for children in Gaza. But a Salafist group, Free of the Homeland, said the UN was “teaching schoolgirls fitness, dancing and immorality.” Two days later the camp was attacked and destroyed.
Why does the ABC hire Abdel-Magied to front a travel show when she is so incredibly unobservant?
The Way I See It......Astonishing. Adbel-Magied says the only problem with Sharia law is that wicked Westerners forced innocent and helpless Muslims to rewrite it:
And in all the years since, Muslims have simply been unable to undo what wicked Christians did to their own faith?