We live in a pluralistic society. In itself not an altogether bad thing, but when factions of society start to demand that we introduce their rules and laws into our way of life, that begins to disturb me.
I read recently where The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils wants Muslims to be able to marry, divorce and conduct financial transactions under the principles of sharia law. It argues that all Australians would benefit if Islamic laws were adopted as mainstream legislation.
Not a view I suspect shared by most reading this article. I’m all for the rights of any individual to be upheld, regardless of Race, Colour, Creed, Gender or Disability. Over the years many of us fought for the rights and oppression of men and women to be changed. It took conviction, courage and commitment but in the end we pretty much got there. Yes, there have been casualties along the way, this I am sure will continue.
Author Ida Lichter who has written on the lives of Muslim women in both the West and predominantly Islamic countries, writes “The members of the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation in Britain have drawn attention to these oppressive laws that they escaped by migrating to the West, and they’ve said that women are much better under legislation based on universal human rights,”
Not a day goes by it seems, that we don’t see, hear or read of our rights being intruded upon. National Anthems being translated into a particular language. Western traditions being challenged, Christmas, Easter, ANZAC Day, the list goes on. Our children are being taught in a way that would make our forefathers turn in their graves.
No more Ba Ba Black Sheep. Now, its Ba Ba Rainbow sheep. Traditional Western and Christian values being challenged. Is it any wonder we have a confused and angry society. I am in favour of living in a multicultural society, learning and embracing all cultures, but the old cliché still rings true. “When in Rome”