Pauline Hanson walked into the Senate wearing the ultimate Muslim attire for women, the hideous burqa, and silently sat down at her station. With that simple act she made a powerful and profound statement, arguably unequalled in the Senate’s history. She did so in the full knowledge that she would be torn to shreds by fellow senators. She also knew that many colleagues secretly approved but would lack the courage to express that support for fear of being labelled Islamophobic, racists, bigots and making themselves targets for the ABC, social media’s lynch mobs and the pulpiteers of the mainstream press.
Say whatever you will of Hanson, what she did required the sort of courage few of or politicians possess.
Penny Wong pontificated in her ostentatiously virtuous response about multiculturalism, the need to respect all cultures and the evil of offending others simply because they are “different”. She omitted mentioning the status of women in Islam, where they are treated like men’s chattel, needing permission to do most anything besides domestic chores, forbidden to appear in public unaccompanied by their husbands or male relatives. Let it be noted for the record that Ms Wong calls herself a feminist.
Sure, some Muslim women are able to go out by themselves or in the company of other women because not all Islamic families are strictly fundamentalist, but their menfolk always retain the licence to enforce Islamic rules. Wong also failed to mention that when a Muslim woman is raped, she can be deemed guilty of adultery and condemned to death by stoning unless four respected men of her faith, having witnessed the event, testify in her favour. And never mind, either, about homosexuals being thrown off tall buildings as an act of “kindness” to put an end to their sinning ways in their own spiritual interest. Feminist and gay, one might have expected more from Ms Wong.
And what about Senator George Brandis, our nation’s attorney-general, no less. He vehemently condemned Hanson for the gross disrespect she has shown to “a great religion” by flippantly mocking one of its most recognisable symbols. Did he ever make a similarly impassioned speech in the Senate (or anywhere else) castigating Islamists terrorists who refuse to stand in court as required? Those defendants were disrespecting Australian law and culture, which he is tasked to uphold and protect. Or is that brazen disrespect for the rule of law nowhere near as significant as the thought crime of “disrespecting” Islam?
Related utterances of other, less prominent senators and politicians indicated the woeful ignorance they purported to perceive in the opinions of the knuckle-dragging constituents they represent. What, Australians cannot accept the veiling for life of young girls, the arranged first-cousin marriages, the misogyny inherent in covering women in all-enveloping drapery because apsychotic warlord designated them vessels of sin specifically designed by Shaytan to tempt men?
Politically correct journalists, commentators and other opinion merchants endeavoured to better each other in displaying the most outrage over Hanson’s “scandalous stunt”. All did their very best to ignore that the overwhelming majority of callers to talk-back radio programs applauded Hanson’s “stunt”, although even the ABC was eventually compelled to state that “there was mixed reaction to Pauline Hanson wearing a burqa”.
For Coalition supporters — more accurately, former Coalition supporters — it cannot have escaped attention that the performance of Senator Brandis and his much-hailed quivering lip were accorded a standing ovation, not by members of his own team, who mostly sat unmoving, but Greens and Labor. If Prime Minister Turnbull wonders why the polls suggest the Coalition is heading for a thorough thrashing at the next election, that gulf between his party and many of its (former) voters might shed some light.
There is no doubt that ignorance, misconceptions and apathy are so rampant in our society, even among otherwise intelligent and caring people, that various malevolent forces are able to proliferate with little if any hindrance. These gambits are all aimed at the weakening and eventual destruction of our Western, Judeo-Christian culture — a key element of the globalists’ dream of a one-world government.
Just how aware Pauline Hanson is of this grave danger is anyone’s guess, but her courageous act most certainly struck a blow against it.