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ChamiRecently there has been a media escalation in the push for polygamy in Australia. Prime time shows such as Channel 7’s Today Tonight covered it, as well as other regular news programs. However, in a rare show of strength before Islamic agitprop, Australia’s Attorney General firmly rejected any push for such recognition of polygamous relationships.

Citing polygamy as against the law, Attorney-General Robert McLelland told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC): 'There is absolutely no way that the government will recognise polygamist relationships. They are unlawful and they will remain as such.' (source)

 And the following editorial from today’s Australian could well have been written by AIM:


Polygamous "marriage" is not the Australian way
THE system of one law for all has served democratic, civil societies, including Australia, well for generations. This is the fundamental reason that polygamous marriages should not be awarded legal recognition. ………Marriage, however, is a distinct legal state and should remain so. Informed by centuries of Judeo Christian tradition, it is a legal, binding contract, entered into with full consent by a man and a woman, excluding all others. Human nature being as it is, marriages often do not turn out as planned. But to widen its definition to recognise polygamous unions would be to establish parallel jurisdictions and destabilise and alter society for the worse.

Of course, with predictable timing, Muslim spokesman Keysar Trad leapt to defend polygamy in the following way:

'If this woman has willfully chosen to enter into this relationship and makes a lifelong commitment to this person to be married, it shouldn't matter. If it was a business and the business had four partners we'd recognise that, but why don't we recognise it when it comes to consensual relationships amongst adults?' Trad said (source)
So, any consensual relationship is OK? On those grounds pedophilia should be accepted if children consent to it. AndKeysar Trad come to think of it, if a woman wants to have two, three or four husbands, why should that not be accepted as consensual? But let’s get down to the nitty gritties – if a lesbian wants to have  polygamous lesbian relationships, or a bisexual man a mix and match of a few women and men – there are no grounds for stopping this on Trad’s argument, for they are ‘consensual’. And then there are possibilities with goats…but I won’t go there… And then there are the temporary marriages some Muslims insist are Islamic. A cursory glance at this whole issue reveals it is a recipe for social unrest, financial disaster, abuse and confusion. It is a serial delusion. When Sheikh Khalil Chami of the Islamic Welfare Centre in the Sydney suburb of Lakemba revealed on radio that he was asked to perform polygamous religious ceremonies on a regular basis, he said he declined but other sheikhs did not.  Well Sheikh Chami, did you report those who broke the law? Or is that a trifle to you? Sheikh Chami goes on to say.

'If you know, there is law that will help you, there is community that will help you. Why not? Why not change the law? Not an open door but in a way everyone will have control. It's a bit hard, very difficult, but unless we face it, how (do) we overcome it?' Chami asked. (source)
This is cultural imperialism in its most sinister form – presenting a change of law as a desirable thing because it will elicit control. But who is in control? Muslims are creating the chimera that Australian lawmakers will somehow be in control, but then they ask for a law change for Islam, because they want to to control their own cultural and religious practices. If legalised, Muslims will just use Australian law to sanction their coercive polygamous marriages. Australian lawmakers would have little to say against the barrage of Islamic insistence that ‘this is our way’ and ‘you have to respect it, or else’. And as the enforced silence of women on this point is institutionalized, few would dare to speak out against it. The law would protect women the least. This polygamy push is an Islamic randy macho man idea, justifying male gratification with ‘the law’ so Muslims can polygamise in peace, and get paid for it with our tax dollars.
 
 
Four Wives
In "civilized" Malaysia polygamy thrives so why shoudn't we have it here in Australia?
Pictured: Bakar's three wives Asnah Jusoh, 46, Mazumi Ismail, 45, and Norazlina Ariffin, 25, said that their husband was a loving, honest and responsible man. Do we need more evidence?


Trad, whose mother was a third wife,  insists that from his experience ‘…women admired, respected and supported each other in such relationships.’ Trad does not seem to understand the pathologising effect of being caught in a coercive group and being subjected to its way of thought. Those caught in various sexual extravaganzas in other sects, may ‘support’ it when they are in it, because there is nowhere for them to go if they leave, and they have been so successfully brainwashed. They are truly victims with little right of refusal.

In any case, which women are you talking about Trad, when you say they are so happy? For this is not the evidence of Muslim women who have been brave enough to speak out such as this one who declared:

“I’m against polygamy — it’s bad for the woman, the man and the children.” (source)

And some Muslim women’s organisations have braved the ire of fellow Muslims to speak out.

A coalition of 12 Malaysian women's groups on Sunday launched a campaign against polygamy following recent moves by some states to ease restrictions for Muslim men to take a second wife………The "Campaign for Monogamy" was backed by Endon Mahmood, the wife of Acting Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
"Polygamy all too often destroys the happiness of a marriage and family, and implications for the children involved are almost always ignored," she said when launching the campaign at a shopping mall in a Kuala Lumpur suburb. (source)
 
Perhaps Susan Carland or Keysar Trad's wife would like to change places with some of the truly liberated ladies form Muslim states fully protected by Sharia? 
Many Muslim women are uneasy about polygamy but feel powerless to speak out. However, there is strength in numbers and now is the time to stand up against this very anti-woman custom. What a profound insult to a woman to say that woman number 2 ,is coming along and then number 3, and then to say it is a kindness for wife number one, who cannot have children, or who for some other reason have difficulties- being too old, or unattractive, or intelligent, or unappealing, or whatever – to keep her on, in this menagerie. It is patronising in the extreme and overlooks the individual nature of the woman and her basic desires. One ex-Muslim woman told me that she converted to Christianity because she knew that in terms of the ‘natural law’ polygamy was just wrong, not the way things were meant to be. She has been happily married for over thirty years and has 10 children and is very happy to have left Islam. Many women put on ‘a face’, she says, and seem to be happy when the second wife comes along, but it is a helpless position and the smile masks deep sadness and resignation. Every single female visitor to the household becomes a source of anxiety to the wife, and because inheritance issues are involved, the first wife dare not show her true feelings.

Let us hope that the attorney General sticks to his firm rejection of polygamy, for further appeals may be made, and let us hope Muslim women band together and reveal their true feelings on this matter.

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