‘Women of Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia’ provoked controversy recently by giving the go-ahead for Muslim men to strike their wives — but only in a symbolic way, they insisted. It must be done in a “managed” way with a short stick, a scrap of fabric, or a coiled scarf.
In the course of a panel discussion, two women agreed that discipline was “a beautiful blessing” and sometimes necessary to “promote tranquility” in the family home. A husband is entitled to discipline a wife, the women said, if she has been disobedient or acted in an immoral way.
Prominent Australian Muslims, including Waleed Aly, condemned the video, as did Muslim MP, Ed Husic, who stated that any form of striking — “either between husband or wife or anywhere” — was “not acceptable.” The Prophet, they all said, condemned violence.
Australian Muslims are in a tight spot when it comes to the rights of women. Sheik Shady Alsuleiman, a leading Muslim, has asserted the right of a husband to demand sex from his wife. But Yassmin Abdel-Magid, says domestic violence is unacceptable. Which, of course, it is.
Muslim leaders prevaricate whenever Islam rubs up against Western rights, values and laws. Some claim the Qu’ran says one thing, while others deny it and declare that it says another. Multiculturalist policies have inhibited us from judging other cultures. But not all cultures are equal.
This is the social price we are paying for striving to stamp out racism and discrimination. Promoting ‘diversity’ has long trumped affirming the primacy of our national culture. Now we are remembering that every Australian, regardless of race or creed, has full protection under the law.
Diffidence in the face of the illegal and the unacceptable leads not to liberty, but to tyranny.
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