ABC throws more taxpayer money at Yassmin to promote Islam

April 11, 2018

How much tax-payer money has been splashed on Abdel-Magied already to promote her conservative form of Islam?  The ABC has come under attack from Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi over its plan to run a hijab fashion program from controversial Muslim commentator Yassmin Abdel-Magied.

Senatior Bernardi described Abdel-Magied as an “anti-Australian Islamic apologist”, pointing to the fact that this is yet another justification for the whole of the ABC to be reformed.

Andrew Bolt writes in his Herald Sun Blog today: “Hijabistas! with Yassmin Abdel-Magied will air on ABC iView on May 1, as six six-minute episodes, and follows Ms Abdel-Magied through Australia’s Islamic headwear fashion scene.”

The national broadcaster’s Islamic fashion show comes months after the Department of Foreign Affairs came under pressure from Senator Bernardi and other conservatives for sponsoring a “modest fashion” show aimed at Muslim women in Malaysia.

Ms Abdel-Magied will return to the public broadcaster nearly a year after her ABC News program Australia Wide was scrapped following nationwide backlash over an Anzac Day Facebook post last April which read: “Lest We Forget (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine ...).” ...

Protests against the theocratic regime in Iran early this year involved women publicly removing Islamic headwear, which is compulsory in the country.

Why is the ABC so in love with Islam - and a version of it that demands women cover up?

Why is the ABC and the rest of our taxpayer-funded bureaucracy so determined to promote this particular young woman?

What other giddy 26 year old [now 27] — and with these views — would have been appointed to the Federal ANZAC Centenary Commemoration Youth Working Group? Or to the Australian Multicultural Council? Or to the Council for Australian-Arab Relations?

And why would the ABC have picked her, from among hundreds of more experienced presenters and journalists, to present a weekend TV show telling us stories about Australia and the things that “unite us”?

The federal government paid for activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied to tour some of the world’s most repressive Islamic regimes last November, promoting her book about being a Sudanese-Egyptian-Australian Muslim woman who wears the hijab.

The tour, which included stops in Saudi Arabia, where women are flogged for adultery and are not permitted to drive, was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which declined yesterday to reveal the cost.

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