The appointment of the first Muslim woman, Urfa Masood, who will be wearing a Muslim supremacist headcovering everyday, to a Victorian court has prompted anti-Muslim tirades condemning the government’s decision.
The Age (h/t Adrian G) Attorney-General Martin Pakula has taken to social media to call out the “simply disgraceful stuff” his office had received since the appointment was made public. Pakula posted one response that said it was “criminal” for a Muslim to be appointed a magistrate.
The anti-Islamic screed continues to say a Muslim can never uphold western laws or values and questions whether she will try to introduce Sharia law. Mr Pakula said the response was “just a sample of the vile rubbish coming in.”
He told Fairfax Media the nasty responses had not been high in volume. “What the critics lack in numbers they make up for with vitriol and hatred,” he said.
Urfa is of Sri Lankan heritage and would be the first Muslim magistrate of any Victorian court. She started practizing criminal law in 2003.
He said Ms Masood’s appointment was a cause for celebration and “for most people it is.” (That’s what YOU think)
Islamic Council of Victoria executive director Nail Aykan described the anti-Muslim criticism of Ms Masood’s appointment as “simple ignorance”. He said Australia had strong governance systems that appointed people, including Ms Masood, on merit.
Mr Aykan said social media had given an amplified voice to bigoted views. “Everyone’s got a voice, it’s just a matter of encouraging responsible voices.”
ohh my living GODS FATHER… this is becoming sickening what the liberal and labor and greens party have done to our country… next thing it will be legal in my elderly age with SHARIA LAW that i can marry a 9 yo CHILD… dor gods living sake…. sick sick sick in the heads are all Muslims and the AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT from all sides
But we dare not call them bigots…. Simply disgraceful stuff & just a sample of the vile rubbish coming in. pic.twitter.com/t1KXUsLyqT
— Martin Pakula (@MartinPakulaMP) April 28, 2016
The Muslims have infiltrated into our justice system…Sharia Law making…Islam and Muslim Sharia Laws are a… https://t.co/KpgKNdAbgB
— Gerald Tetz (@GerTetz) April 26, 2016
@DailyLifeAu A real muslim only respects sharia. Either she is a muslim or a magistrate. She can't be both.
— jim morris (@j1moris) April 26, 2016
— jim morris (@j1moris) April 29, 2016