Yassmin’s Islamic amnesia

Yassmin’s Islamic amnesia, by Mark Powell.

Like so many Australians, I have come to the conclusion that Yassmin Abdel-Magied is maybe not quite in touch with reality. I mean, how else do you explain her comment that Islam is “the most feminist religion”? Or then there was the time when she sanctimoniously berated everyone in the country who didn’t embrace identity politics, tweeting:

Abdel-Magied’s lack of cultural, and in particular self, awareness is truly gobsmacking. Of all the major religions on earth, Islam has done more “colonising” and “enslaving”, than any other. Don’t expect to find any ‘diversity quotas’ when a Caliphate has been established! As one Twitter follower was quick to point out:

… In keeping with Abdel-Magied’s claim that Islam is “the most feminist religion”, Muslim apologists declare that their faith is, in fact, a religion of peace. This is because, as explained so brilliantly by Dr Mark Durie in his book, The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom (Deror, 2010), the definition of “peace” in classical Islamic ideology, meant that those who had been conquered were given one of three choices: convert to the Islamic faith; face immediate execution with the sword; or surrender to a life of “dhimmitude” where one experienced restricted human rights and economic sanctions. Sounds a lot like “colonizing and enslaving” doesn’t it? …

Not just history. It’s happening now:

The Iranian democracy activist Frank Nikbakht describes what happened [when the Ayatollah Khomeini ushered in the Iranian Islamic revolution in 1979]:

“Non-Muslims had become “Dhimmis”, second class citizens with limited rights, or non-citizens with absolutely no rights, just based on their beliefs. The Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians were given certain rights but their lives were legally valued as less than a half or an eighth of a Muslim’s life (depending on which source of Shari’a a judge decided to use in cases of compensations for loss of life or limb). They lost their right to testify in court against Muslims and they lost all sorts of imaginable rights to material and social status which might demonstrate any semblance of superiority or power over Muslims.”

hat-tip Stephen Neil