Here we go. There was a TV debate recently called Q & A on ABC TV, which hosted, among others, Jacqui Lambie, an Independent Senator from Tasmania, Australia, who is opposed to the public wearing of burquas, and also Sharia law; and a Muslim spokesperson, Yassmin Abdel-Magied. The debate on Sharia law got to shouting point. I have no problem with the debate topic being brought up, who was debating, or how loud it got. I have lived among Muslims and among anti Muslims and think these things should be debated. Speech is good. Violence and breaking the law is not good. The law of Australia, that is - separation of church and state.
L to R- Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Jacqui Lambie.
I would like to point out that when men raise their voices in a debate on tv, or in the boardroom, it's considered a normal way to cut in to make your point. If women do it, such as on this TV debate, it's considered newsworthy. Shame on the double standards!
In the interests of full disclosure, I admit that I signed all opposing petitions , below, at the end of this post, so I could get the share links without, hopefully, my name appearing on them. As always, the comments are interesting. A full and robust debate going on.
I am pro religious tolerance. I am not pro sharia law in the West. Left leaning people should research it, from reputable sources, before they support it. They may find that aspects are incompatible with their own beliefs. I find the Muslim religion to be conservative.
There is not just one Muslim denomination, just like there is not just one Christian one. Then there are Muslim countries that impose sharia law, and some that do not. So one person's fact can be another person's fallacy.
Comments on both sides of the topic of sharia law are welcome beneath this blogpost. If you wish you can use anonymous. Comments that insult other posters personally will be deleted, according to the Blogspot rules.
All screenshots are from Change.com, from the pro Sharia law publicity petition:
Geepers! Jacqui Lambie was not only born in Australia, but traces her family tree back to Tasmanian aboriginals.
Comments on both sides are welcome beneath my blogpost. If you wish you can use anonymous. Comments that insult other people personally will be deleted, according to the Blogspot rules.
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