Melissa Davey in the Guardian reports on the aftermath of the cancellation of Badar’s FODI talk.
A Sydney-based Muslim speaker has said the public outcry that prompted the Opera House to cancel his lecture called Honour Killings Are Morally Justified reveals the “extent and depth” of Islamophobia in Australia.
Does it? Or does it just reveal the extent and depth of opposition to “honor” murder in Australia? Which would be a good thing.
Badar said people had jumped to conclusions about his views before he had a chance to speak.
“Things were assumed and outrage ensued,” he said. “That is the way Islamophobia works. The assumption is ‘we know what the Muslims will say’. This a very instructive case as far as that goes.”
No it isn’t, and no it isn’t, and no it isn’t. All those claims are wrong. The talk had a title; there were no scare quotes indicating distance or irony; the title said what it said.
“I think the hysteria says a lot about Islamophobia and about the extent and the depth of it in this country.
“It says a lot about the reality of freedom and the space that minorities have to move in in this country, Muslims in particular.”
What about the space that Muslim girls and women have to move when the threat of being murdered for perceived sexual disobedience hangs over them? What about that kind of space to move? Does Uthman Badar give a flying fuck about that? Not that I can see; he’s worried only about his own space to flatter the practice of murdering girls and women for perceived sexual disobedience.