ABC presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied has been forced to delete a social media post in which she suggested Australians should be thinking about Manus Island, Nauru, Syria and Palestine today instead of the Anzacs.
The 26-year-old took to Facebook this morning to write “Lest We Forget (Manus. Nauru. Syria. Palestine), but deleted the post after being slammed by her followers.
The host of ABC 24’s Saturday morning Australia Wide quickly amended the post to simply say “Lest. We. Forget” and issued an apology.
“It was brought to my attention that my last post was disrespectful, and for that I unreservedly apologise,” she wrote.
Comments flooded in from followers disgusted by Abdel-Magied’s disrespect for Anzac Day:
“Absolutely disrespectful. This day isn’t for those people it’s for the brave service men and woman who have served/serving our great country so we can try and live a normal, safe life,” wrote Wilson Sam.
“Your previous post has completely discredited you. I’m ashamed that you are Australian because you clearly don’t share Australian values. Not only have you disrespected those who gave their lives so you can enjoy Australian freedoms and speak your mind, you have very clearly voiced your real agenda here,” wrote Libby Colubski.
Abdel-Magied came under fire in February after declaring on national TV that Islam was the “most feminist religion”.
“Islam, to me, is one of the most … is the most, feminist religion, right?” she said on the Q&A program in February.
She sparked a heated row on the ABC’s Q&A program with Senator Jacqui Lambie, accused Abdel-Magied of “playing victim”.
Ms Lambie at the time said anyone who supports sharia law should be deported, to which Abdel-Magied responded that she was frustrated by people talking about Islam without knowing anything about it.
Ms Lambie “simplified” the meaning of sharia law, despite the fact that “like most Australians I’m not an expert”.
“It is religious, criminal and civil law all rolled into one code,” Ms Lambie said.
“It has no separation of powers and it automatically makes religious figures the politician, the judge, the jury and even in some cases, the executioner.
She listed “six, obvious points” about sharia law, including:
1. “It is not Australian law.”
2. “Support for sharia law is an obvious sign of radicalisation and terrorists are fighting to the death to force it on the rest of the world.”
3. “Sharia law is anti-democratic. You show me a successful democracy in the Middle East.”
4. “Sharia law imposes the death penalty on people, just for being gay.”
5. “Sharia law imposes the death penalty on women who are unfaithful to their husbands.”
6. “Sharia law denies the right of the Jewish people to live in peace in Israel.”
ABC host shouts at Lambie about her peaceful faith
Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied has been promoted by the ABC as the acceptable face of Islam and given her own TV program.
I am not sure that her style of arguing with Senator Jacqui Lambie – herself not a pleasant debater – does her or her faith any favors.
JACQUI Lambie and Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied have locked horns in a ferocious argument over the US President’s travel ban on Q&A.
The independent senator said she believed Australia should “look after our own backyard first” and should “follow Donald Trump’s example by deporting all Muslims who support sharia law”.
Mechanical engineer Ms Abdel-Magied broke in, asking Senator Lambie whether she knew what sharia law was.
When Senator Lambie insisted she did, the Youth Without Borders founder insisted that it was as simple as “me praying five times day”.
The Tasmanian senator replied: “What about rights for women? You can’t be a sharia law supporter and be half pregnant at the same time.”
Her voice rising, Ms Abdel-Magied demanded: “What are you talking about? OK, I am not going to attack you personally.
My frustration is that people talk about Islam without knowing anything about it and they’re willing to completely negate any of my rights as a human being, a woman, as a person with agency, simply because they have an idea about what my face is about. Excuse me, Islam to me is the most feminist religion, right. We got equal rights well before the Europeans.
“We don’t take our husbands’ last names … We were given the right to own land, their property. “The fact people go around dissing in my face without knowing anything about it and want to chuck me out of a country …”