MUSLIMS IN AUSTRALIA: give and take needed as they settle in?
An Australian judge has refused to allow a Muslim woman to wear the niqab while testifying in court.
Too harsh? I don’t think so.
A judge must form opinions concerning witnesses’ truthfulness or otherwise. Body language, including facial expression, is part of that.
If we’re worried about harshness, consider the senior Muslim last week advocating beating women as “step three” in a process of dealing with relationship issues — after counselling, buying chocolates etc.
Joumanah El Matrah, of the Australian Muslim Women’s Human Rights Centre has testified that there are “significant problems” in how Islam was interpreted…and that Muslim women would be “extremely disadvantaged” by any form of sharia court… and that Islamic orthodox interpretative frameworks allocate women “an inferior status to men” rendering them “vulnerable to violence and abuse”.
Personally, I must say I admire some aspects of Muslim’s commitment to prayer, belief in modesty etc….
But there always seems something wrong — Allah seems to come over as un-loving.
When described as “merciful” it seems not to be “mercy” in the usual sense of the word.