Wednesday, June 25, 2008

CRIKEY: Media brief - much ado about polygamy ...

Talkback bigots are having a field day with the AAP and ABC story about Sheik Khalil Chami and Keysar Trad, both of whom reckon marriage laws should be amended to allow for polygamy. The Herald-Sun’s website even has a graphic showing what appears to be a woman wearing a black veil kneeling.

I’m not sure where they got it from, but I haven’t seen many Aussie Muslim women wearing veils like that.

Most papers reported the story as "2 members of Sydney’s Islamic community". But The Australian decided to change this to "MEMBERS of Australia's Islamic community" (emphasis mine), as if the two individuals spoke on behalf of ALL 360,000-odd Aussies inclined to tick the "Muslim" box on their census forms.

Let’s see if Albrechtsen and/or Devine and/or Sheehan will write an opinion piece claiming Muslims are involved in a devious conspiracy to turn Australia into an Islamic caliphate run by some dude who probably looks like some dude George Negus likes to hug.

First published in the Crikey daily alert for Wednesday 25 June 2008.

Words © 2008 Irfan Yusuf

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