If you want your case heard in Australian Judge Christopher Beale’s courtroom, you better make sure your face is visible, or take a seat outside.
Howls of Islamophobia rang out after the shrouded spouse of a man on trial for terrorism chose to leave his courtroom rather than remove her burqa.
But Judge Beale isn’t an Islamophobe. He was merely following the rules:
You can’t wear a hat, a cap or even sunglasses on top of your head in an Aussie courtroom. If those things are offside, then surely, so is a burqa.
Regardless, several Australian Islamic leaders are frothing mad. Adel Salman, vice-president of the Islamic Council of Victoria, said it affected the woman's human rights.
“Wearing the niqab is something that women who wear it take very seriously. To ask her to remove the niqab, I think, was an unreasonable request.”
Useful-idiot apologists have been even worse, employing leftist moral equivalencies that suggest it’s we in the West who have it wrong whereas those subscribing to fundamentalist Islam are beacons of reason.