Ban the burqa organizer 'ignorant': Australian Muslim group said

2015-04-03 11:54:19 | Al Muslim News
Ban the burqa organizer 'ignorant': Australian Muslim group said


Australian Senator Jacqui Lambie sets up new controversial, self-titled political 'network,' five months after 'ban the burqa' crusade.
The CEO of an Australian Muslim women's association has labeled the "ban-the-burqa" crusader of a new political “network†as ignorant, telling that the senator’s stance on Muslims is divisive.
“I don’t want to make assumptions. I believe she may not understand and out of ignorance she says these things," said Maha Abdo. "But to keep it going for so long causes me to think she just wants to incite fear and anxiety in Australians’ hearts about a particular race and faithâ€, as Anadolu Agency reported.
Jacqui Lambie, an Australian politician, was elected as a Senator for Tasmania at the 2013 federal election representing the Palmer United Party.[2] Her term began in July 2014. On 24 November 2014, Lambie resigned from the Palmer United Party to sit in the Senate as an independent
Her Chief of Staff, Rob Messenger, told that “hundreds†of supporters have already signed up to her new self-titled political “network."
The network's 12-point platform includes support for the clear labeling of halal foods, halving the foreign aid budget, the opposition of any attempt to introduce sharia law into Australia and a special interest in all matters associated with veterans, serving members of the Australian Defense force and their families.
“All [12 core] policies are resonating†with supporters, Messenger told AA.
Lambie’s anti-Muslim stance - calling for a ban on the burqa, linking halal certification fees to the funding of terrorism and sharia law to the cultivation of terrorists - has outraged Australian Muslims.
United Muslim Women Association CEO Abdo publicly debated Lambie on her stance regarding the burqa on morning television in October last year.
She challenged Lambie repeatedly to explain why she thought the burqa poses a risk.
Lambie didn’t answer, citing hearing problems.
As far as Anadolu Agency understands Lambie is not hearing impaired.
Abdo - a recipient of the Order of Australia medal and the NSW Premier’s Multicultural Medal - told AA Wednesday that on several occasions she had invited Lambie to join her and other Muslim women for a "sociable discussion."
Lambie’s response came in the form of a tweet, which stated: Jacqui Lambie would not visit a mosque “because it’s not my moral upbringing."
"I’m Australian,†she added.
Abdo said that following Lambie's call to ban the burqa in Parliament House, she also sent her an official invitation to "come and meet with us," so we can show her our way of life.
"That’s the Australian way of doing things,†Abdo told.
She confesses that the establishment of the Jacqui Lambie Network troubles her.
“Using anti-Muslim sentiment as a political platform is a concern,†she says.


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