Tasmanian Sen. Jacqui Lambie got in a heated row with Sudanese Australian civil right activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied on ABC’s Q&A when the politician said she thinks all Sharia practicing Muslims should be deported in a Trump-like ban in Australia.
Abdel-Magied, the founder of Youth Without Borders, asked Lambie if she had any knowledge of the concept of Sharia, stating she was frustrated that “people talk about Islam without knowing anything about it and they are 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 of what my faith is about.”
She has a point. Lambie is talking about something she has absolutely no knowledge of. In fact, to her Sharia law is synonymous with terrorism. Check out her extremely embarrassing interview below where she flounders while trying to describe the concept.
Lambie then fired back at Abdel-Magied stating, “There is one law in this country and it is the Australian law ... it is not Sharia law, not in this country. Not in my day.”
To this statement, the human rights activist replied that Islam tells Muslims to respect and follow “the law of the land that you are on.”
She then succinctly explained that talks of a ban, like the one President Donald Trump has in the United States, frightens her and reminds her of World War II where Jewish people were ostracized simple because they did not look like white people.
Lambie had nothing to answer it with except for stating, “stop playing the victim.”
After the debate, activists, academics and Muslim leaders demanded an apology from ABC for showing the Tasmanian senators “racist, islamophobic and crude” views.
A petition at Change.Org has been launched by Muslim leaders which accuses the channel of not upholding its own values and reminding Lambie that hat filled rhetoric was not allowed on TV.
"Whilst you may view last night as an opportunity to boost ratings at the expense of fairness and respect to panelists, and members of minority communities, we view the bullying that occurred on last night's TV show as a clear example of further deterrence for Muslim youth to engage in public platforms," read the petition, which attracted 2,038 supporters within seven hours.
Abdel-Magied was asked if she would ever go on air on ABC again after the racist display.
"I think if invited again I'd be willing to participate because I think it's an incredible platform to have very interesting conversations, but I also ... would want to acknowledge the concerns raised by members of the Muslim community and encourage other people who may have taken issue with the way that it was managed to write to the ABC or to raise concerns and be like hey, this kind of personal attack and that kind of thing makes for good theatre, and maybe that's also part of the show, [but] it's something that we need to think about," she replied. "I bet there are people in your family who think the things Jacqui Lambie thinks. I bet there are people in your circle. Maybe they don't talk about it, but there probably are. They're going to listen to you more than they're going to listen to me, so have conversations with them. Have an impact on the world around you."
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