Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s views on Islam are misguided
THE Brisbane Muslim writer Yassmin Abdel-Magied sparked a national controversy when she appeared on Q&A and declared Islam was "the most feminist religion".
She was misguided, of course, because she forgot to mention the rank misogyny enshrined in Sharia Law.
Islam discriminates against women in so many ways.
Under Sharia Law a woman's testimony in court is worth half of a man's.
Sharia Law also gives men the green light for domestic violence. Husbands are able to beat their wives for disobedience and take female sex slaves. Is it any wonder that some regard Islam as a dangerous cult?
Yassmin was 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year. Her book, Yassmin's Story, is all about growing up in Australia.
She says she has covered her head in public since she was 10.
Her publicity blurb describes her as "a mechanical engineer, social advocate, writer and petrol head''.
It adds: "She advocates for the empowerment of youth, women and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds."
She is of course entitled to her views.
What irks me most is the revelation she got a taxpayer-funded book tour to repressive regimes in the Middle East.
A junket for a Sharia apologist? Seriously? It cost $11,485 in flights and travel allowances and you and I paid for it.