TV presenter faces public fury over her message on Islam, but it’s one that we really need to hear [VIDEO]

Sharia law debate
Support us and go ad-free

On 13 February, a debate about immigration on ABC News Australia led to an explosive argument on air. Nationalist senator Jacqui Lambie started sparring with TV presenter and activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied on the topic of Sharia law. Soon afterwards, Abdel-Magied faced a backlash, with a petition to get her fired quickly gaining steam. But she raised a crucial point during the debate that shouldn’t go unnoticed.

The debate

The debate started after an audience member asked if new rules surrounding immigration were necessary to avoid community conflict. Lambie then stated that anyone who supports Sharia law should be deported from Australia.

But Abdel-Magied raised a very important point, asking “do you know what Sharia law is?” She said [0.30]:

People talk about Islam without knowing anything about it. And they’re willing to completely negate any of my rights as a human being, as a woman, as a person with agency, simply because they have an idea about what my faith is about.

She also insisted on the importance of differentiating between culture and faith, stressing:

some countries run by Muslims are violent, sexist and do oppress their citizens. But again, that’s not down to Sharia. That’s down to the culture, and the patriarchy, and the politics of those particular countries.

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

Far-right website ‘AltCon News‘ quickly published a petition for her to lose her job. It had attracted over 25,000 signatures by the time of publication.

Sharia law

Whatever people may think about Abdel-Magied’s beliefs, her point about actually understanding what Sharia law and Islam are before criticising them is very pertinent.

Sharia law is a part of Islam. While some describe it as an Islamic legal system, others describe it as a way of life – an intrinsic part which teaches Muslims the most appropriate “path”.

But the media portrayal of Sharia law in the West has created great controversy, with outlets often perpetuating myths and aiming to paint Islam as a whole in a negative light.

What do people think?

A recent poll in the UK found that almost a third of respondents believe Islam is a violent religion and promotes acts of violence in Britain. But when asked about their understanding of the religion, only 41% of 18-to-24-year olds said they had a good understanding of it. And only 27% of those aged over 45 said the same.

When Abdel-Magied asked Lambie what Sharia law was during the debate, Lambie struggled to respond. And the senator also seemed surprised when Abdel-Magied pointed out that Sharia law says people should follow the law of the land where they live.

Lambie continued to use negative stereotypes, however, and when the host asked if she accepted that some people may consider her words to be hateful, she responded [3.48]:

To a minority… but this is for the majority. This is what the majority want.

A debatable claim. But a worrying one nonetheless. Does hate really become acceptable if it’s ‘what the majority want’? Even if it’s based on stereotypes or misinformation pushed by right-wing media outlets and politicians? And even if it’s based on a fundamental lack of knowledge or understanding?

Get Involved!

– Find out more about the debate.

– Put an end to hate crime.

Featured image via YouTube

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us

Comments are closed