All of us are aware of defining events which changed or made history. I’ll mention just a few.
On December 16, 1773 the Boston Tea Party led to the American War of Independence which has profoundly interested human events for nearly three and a half centuries.
On 16 July 1833, thanks to the tireless efforts of William Wilberforce, the Abolition of Slavery Bill passed its third reading in the House of Commons.
On the 24th of October 1889 in Tenterfield just South of the Border between New South Wales and Queensland, Sir Henry Parks made a speech calling for Federation of the Australian colonies.
9 September 1892 was the date o0f the Manifesto of the Queensland Labour Party which was read out beneath the Tree of Knowledge in Barcaldine, leading in due course to the Australian Labor Party, Australia’s longest-enduring political party.
11 March 1990 Professor Vytautas Landsbergis headed the Parliamentary session which declared the restoration of Lithuanian independence from the Soviet Union. Soon all the captive nations of Eastern Europe were free.
On 17 August 2017, and Australian Senator named Pauline Hanson took her usual place in the Senate Chamber wearing a burqa. The importance of this event must not be underestimated.
Photographs of the burqa-encased Senator occupied the front page of just about every newspaper published the next day in Australia, and were seen around the world. The world-wide sharing of those images was interrupted by the shocking tragedy of appalling Islamic terrorist attacks in Spain.
Senator Hanson’s position is clear. She opposes the burqa because it is the symbol of the enslavement of women and the instrument of the enslavement of women. Pauline Hanson believes that the enslavement of women has no place in Australia and therefore the burqa has no place in Australia.
A clear majority of Australians agree with Senator Hanson that if a man insists on forcing his wife to be depersonalised and dehumanised by being encased in a sack, then he had better do so in some other country.
A minority of Australians with far more influence than they deserve are not on the same page as Senator Hanson and the great majority of my well-informed listeners. Here is an extract from the astonishingly hostile response from Attorney General Senator George Brandis: “And to ridicule that (Moslem) community, to drive it into a corner, to mock its religious garments is an appalling thing to do and I would ask you to reflect on what you have done.”
Here is the big message for Senator Brandis. Pauline Hanson has now effectively inspired a worldwide campaign to liberate Islamic women. Any Australian who opposes this campaign of liberation is on the wrong side of history.
Senator Sarah Hanson-Young is emphatically on the wrong side of history and moreover appears to be seriously delusional. On Channel 7’s Sunrise program Senator Hanson-Young told Senator Pauline Hanson: “You are doing ISIS’s work for them. “It is extremely dangerous. You are putting the entire country at risk.”
If Senator Hanson-Young is correct in believing that Moslems will commit terrorist acts in retaliation for a Senator advocating by any means the banning of the burqa, that would indeed be an urgent reason for stopping Islamic immigration immediately.
Australia is now officially divided. On the side of Senator Hanson are the great majority who are opposed to enslavement of any kind.
On the side of Senator Hanson-Young are the delusional minority who want to romanticise the burqa and who think the enslavement of women is okay.
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