City of Greater Dandenong’s hijab push backfire

JOHN MASANAUSKAS – Herald Sun – April 13th

A LOCAL council encouraged non-Muslim women to wear hijabs after being approached by girls from an Islamic school.

City of Greater Dandenong councillor Matthew Kirwan said the school girls wanted people to understand what it felt like to wear the religious headdress.

“It’s not about trying to promote one religion over another, it’s about improving understanding in a multicultural society,” he said.

The council suffered a massive backlash after the Herald Sun revealed the hijab “social experiment” last week, which involved participants wearing the garment for three hours and then reporting on their experiences.

It was aimed at providing “awareness, insight and education”, but detractors labelled it divisive and political correctness gone mad.

Local Christian pastor and Rise Up Australia Party leader Danny Nalliah, who took part in last week’s Reclaim Australia rally, described the hijab event as the height of stupidity.

“I challenge the Greater Dandenong Council to call on the Muslim women to get rid of their hijabs for one week and assimilate into Australian way of life,” he said.

Posted on April 14, 2015 in Rise Up Australia, Sharia

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  1. John
    April 15, 2015 at 10:03 am ·

    The Dandenong Mayor and Councillors,

    Dear Sirs,

    We have read of the Mayors own personal decision to suggest and advertise a “Muslim” wearing apparel period as a token of (his) concern for Muslims, and without the knowledge of the full local body council.
    We must say that he Mayors decision is contrary to common sense in a community where people from many differing cultural backgrounds reside under the banner of an ‘Australian’ community.

    Multi-ethnicity allows races to exist in harmony whereas singling out a particular culture which is at odds with practically all other cultures in the area, is tantamount to incitement of these other community groups when this sort of stupid leadership is applied .
    This is yet another example of the application of ‘multi-culturist’, which many leaders in Australia are now coming to realize brings divisiveness instead of community harmony.
    We can only hope that the current Mayor will understand the error of his behavior and apologies for this ridiculous outburst, or tender his resignation forthwith amidst a barrage of protest from fellow councilors and other community leaders a nod citizens.

    Kind regards,

    Gold Coast

  2. Bill
    April 14, 2015 at 1:40 pm ·

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