It’s often said that Australians view footy almost like a religion. So it’s good to know that an enterprising muslima has decided to push religion into footy:
Shanaaz Copeland began making hijabs in AFL colours for her football-loving children and friends but she has decided to take it to the next level - directly to the AFL.
The single mother of four girls said her home-made footy hijabs have so far received a positive reaction from the community and she aims to discuss the idea with AFL clubs.
The hijabs are detailed with AFL team colours and their respective logos and can be worn over football jumpers as a neck scarf, headscarf or a wrap.
''The best thing about the hijabs is that not only Muslim women, but anybody, can wear them,'' said Ms Copeland.
AFL commercial manager Ishika Kawiratne said Ms Copeland's footy hijabs were a ''really good idea''.
Copeland said she was already thinking about other possibilities such as hijabs for soccer players. For now, she is showcasing the hijabs - currently in Carlton, Collingwood, and Essendon colours - at the Melbourne Immigration Museum's new Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours exhibition.
Collingwood footballer Harry O'Brien, who was invited to feature in the exhibition, said Ms Copeland's hijabs were ''extremely inspiring'' and also reflected on growing social awareness within the AFL.
''There's a new generation of players educated on religious, racial and ethnical differences and today there are a lot fewer cases of racism and discrimination on the field.” (source)
Sure, Copeland, anybody can wear these hijabs. But come to think of it, we live in a free country, and can wear what we choose. Contrast Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran, where “not only Muslim women, but anybody” is FORCED TO WEAR HIJAB!
Could Kawiratne please elaborate on why footy hijabs are a “really good idea”?
Is it because she realizes that in many Islamic countries, and even non-Islamic countries with a sizeable Muslim population, women are likely to be raped if they venture out uncovered? Or does she have another compelling reason?
And maybe O’Brien could explain what makes sharia-compliant headwear “extremely inspiring”, when it is one more step towards repression of women and the Islamisation of Australia? What moral blindness leads him to believe that appeasing Islam results in less racism and discrimination, when the opposite is the case?
Time for naïve people like Kawiratne and O’Brien to wake up to the reality that by supporting Islam, they are encouraging the racism and discrimination endemic in Islam and rapidly eroding the freedoms of all Australians.
SAY NO TO RACISM!
KEEP FOOTY SHARIA-FREE!