This time around the SP-councillor in charge of questions of integration of the Austrian Islamic faith community takes a stab at besmirching a woman who talks about the plight of Muslim women under Islamic law, sharia.
According to a very good source known to the Tundra Tabloids as ESW, Omar Al-Rawi has been recently playing the smear game, in which he tries to take advantage of public’s ignorance and label people warning about the dangers of Islamic law….as “Islamophobic”.
Instead of showing where the scholar Christine Schirrmacher gets it “all wrong”, Al-Rawi resorts to speaking in generalities and smearing the scholar/author herself. To more seasoned individuals well versed in the subject material, it’s well known that the Quran, Hadiths and the Sunna lend a very big helping hand to the Islamic notion that women are not trust worthy, very devious, not worth the full value of a man, and must be constrained by the male head of the household to ward off any sense of impropriety.
ESW also sends this translation of an article about the recent whining of Omar Al-Rawi, in which he succeeds in canceling a lecture due to his smear campaign.
Islam lecture: Scandal because of cancellation
ERICH KOCINA (Die Presse)
SP-council member Al-Rawi accuses well-known scholar Christine Schirrmacher as “Islamophobe”.
VIENNA. Interventions at events concerning Islam are slowly becoming a habit. The latest case: A lecture in Traun (a small town in Upper Austria) was cancelled last week. Omar Al-Rawi, integration representative of the Islamic community and socialist member of the Vienna city council, had accused speaker Christine Schirrmacher of being an “Islamophobe.”
The Islamic scholar is apparently a well-known anti-Islamic activist belonging to the evangelical “Lausanne movement”. According to Al-Rawi, Evangelics are known for their support of anti-Islamic activities. The consequence: The organizers disinvited the head of the Bonn Institute of Islamic Issues. The justification: The fear of presenting an unobjective of Islam.
The protest against the cancellation was quick to come. Schirrmacher’s criticism of Al-Rawi consists of the fact that his allegations are not supported by quotations from her writings or speeches.
In an interview with “Die Presse” Al-Rawi refers to the text on the back of the book “Women and the Sharia,” which was co-written by Schirrmacher. It states: “In the name of Sharia, women are circumcised, forced into marriages, raped, imprisoned, stoned or honor killed.” Al-Rawi considers this a generalizing statement: “No one is doing this in the name of Sharia, but in the context of patriarchal structures “. He obtained his information about the author from the Internet.
Schirrmacher’s supposed Islamophobia alone would not have led him to protest against the speech: “What bothered me was the fact that someone could have made Islamophobic statements under the guise of an event on integration,” he says. Moreover, not a single Muslim was invited to be on the podium in order to counter the arguments.
Tarafa Baghajati, together with Al-Rawi co-founder of the Initiative Muslim Austrians, used a similar argument last year when he tried to claim a seat on the podium of discussion led by Henryk Broder. The event, orgainzed by a group tied to the Austrian Conservative Party ÖVP, should not offer a one-sided approach, Baghajati said. Broder refused.
Wise up people, and stop being taken as fools. Types like Omar Al-Rawi are hopeful that the ignorance and fear level remains as is. That’s how these snake oil salesmen manage keep their product’s true ingredients hidden from the public eye. The Tundra Tabloids says: “the more sunlight the better”. *L* KGS