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Not Our Kylie

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Sunday’s Age recently ran a supplement about the Melbourne suburbs, All about Melbourne. Part Three: The West (October 10) featured a page on the City of Brimbank “one of Victoria’s most culturally diverse municipalities, Brimbank prides itself on its ethnic mix and has embraced more than 156 nationalities from around the globe.”

Strange then that they chose to feature a grinning hijabbed woman called Kylie, of Scottish/English background. Under the title “Kylie is Part of the Mix”. We are told: 

 “The massive cultural diversity within its borders is the reason Brimbank Council set up the Muslim Women’s Leadership Program…to more easily present Islam values to the wider community.

Twelve Muslim women, from a variety of countries and cultures, jumped at the chance to undertake the program and assist in breaking down many of the misconceptions that have plagued everyday followers of Islam since religious fanatics destroyed New York’s Twin Towers.

One of these was 30-year old Kylie Thomas, an Australian-born Muslim who converted to Islam seven years ago. She is married to Turhan, who is an Australian-born Muslim of Turkish descent.

Kylie always believed in God and began asking searching questions about the meaning of life…Islam seemed to fit the bill and while she didn’t fully understand the Koran, found the text Risale I Nur of great help in explaining its deeper meanings. Her husband was part of an organization called Wordvision, which helps others who want to know more about Islam. She has since become an active member, setting up a support service for new or prospective Muslim converts.

Kylie believed there was not much written information presenting Islam in a favourable light and that many fringe and ethnic groups tend to convey the wrong impression about the religion…making it difficult for people with more moderate views to accept…

One of the positives to come out of the program was the decision to prepare a book, What a Muslim Woman Looks Like…timed to coincide with International Women’s day on March 1 next year.

“We also aim to discuss the book at morning tea gatherings, release it to school libraries and use it to accompany talks we give to students,” Kylie said.

Sadly, this dishonest project is funded by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and Brimbank City Council.

It says:

“The women profiled are from a range of backgrounds: Bosnian, Turkish, Somali, Bangladesh, Afghani, Lebanese, are highly educated with most having tertiary and postgraduate qualifications, and are employed in a range of positions as a doctor, nurse, writer, community worker, library technician, student teacher.

The 100 page booklet will be distributed to schools, service providers and government departments and agencies and will be promoted by the participants through talks and presentations.” (source)

It’s alarming to think that taxpayer money is used to propagandize for Islam, especially in our schools. Featuring an all-Aussie woman reinforces the point that Islam is not about ethnicity, but about an ideology which allows NO cultural diversity. And no amount of sugar coating can cover the truth about Islam’s racism and intolerance of others. But Kylie is wrong that there is not much written information presenting Islam in a favourable light: virtually every publication tells about Islam’s goodness and peacefulness. The problem is that it isn’t true, and the reality of Islam is starting to dawn on all but the intelligentsia. As for launching the book on International Woman’s Day, this is simply sick, given Islam’s appalling treatment of women.

Even sicker is the subliminal attempt to present Islam as normative Australian by using a woman who shares the name of Aussie icon, Kylie Minogue. Most of us grew up with Kylie, from her start on Neighbours, to launching herself into the worldwide pop market in 1987 with I Should Be So Lucky, which reached number 1 in the UK and Australian charts. Since then Kylie has enjoyed enormous success as a singer and entertainer. With her bubbly personality and talent, she is greatly admired and many identify with this plucky Aussie who has had her share of misfortunes – a brush with cancer and frequently unlucky in love.

Interestingly, a major website about Kylie is Mix Kylie. Is this why Brimbank used the word “mix” in the title of the article? (reference)

In Burka Voice, Belinda Nolan relates how Brimbank’s Muslim women visited Parliament to voice their concerns about the struggles faced by Victorian migrants:

The women, members of Brimbank‘s Muslim Women’s Leadership Program, visited Parliament House, where they met with James Merlino, the Minister Assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs, along with Greens MLC Colleen Hartland.

The future leaders bent Merlino’s ear on issues affecting their community, including racism, cultural stereotypes and the Federal Government’s policy on asylum seekers.
Kylie Thomas said she had decided to join the program to combat the shortage of female leaders in her community.

“I hope we can begin to break down the stereotypes that still exist in Australia. I’ve been a Muslim for seven years now and unfortunately racism does exist but it’s mainly due to ignorance.”

Saida Mohamed said was often targeted due to her appearance.

“The first thing people see when they look at us is the headscarf and they automatically assume we’re terrorists. We need to raise awareness about our culture so we can build relationships and end the ignorance.”

Mr Merlino told the women that the government would be “keeping an eye” on racism.

“Unfortunately it seems that as a society we seem to try to make it hard for people who have arrived from other countries,” he said. (source)

Note how these women are not concerned with migrants at all, only Muslims. And let’s face it Saida, the hijab is a sign of political Islam. Maybe if moderate Muslims came forward and denounced the koranic exhortation to terror against non-Muslims, we might be able to live harmoniously.

Finally, it shouldn’t need repeating, but ISLAM IS NOT A RACE!

Are you listening, Kylie Thomas?

Endnote:

I checked out Kylie’s husband’s Wordvision, which has a beautifully designed website. -   World Vision.

It is devoted to the teachings of Said Nursi, about whom several articles have been written on this site.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 October 2010 19:51  

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