October 26, 2012 § Leave a comment


It may seem strange timing to argue for anti-discrimination laws to protect Muslims in NSW. The memory of Sydney’s Hyde Park protests lingers, and the debate is still going over how and why these violent clashes happened, what a response looks like.

Now that the initial flames have cooled to red coals, I think this is the perfect time to talk about it. It is a moment where wounded pride stings, and fretting over multiculturalism has gone from hand wringing to loud wails.

So let’s talk. Muslims (and people from many other religions) don’t have anti-discrimination protection in NSW, and I suggest that they should.

Why would you listen to me on the issue of religious discrimination? You probably shouldn’t. I am a working-class, white girl feminist. I was raised on the atheist side of agnosticism.

I have, however, spent time listening to my activist colleague Cigdem Aydemir: installation…

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