Sheikh Taj El-Din Hamid Hilaly, the mufti of Australia’s biggest mosque in Sydney who described unveiled women as “uncovered meat”, refused to step down after he was suspended from preaching for three months. The Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, said that stronger action should be taken against Hilaly.
“I believe that unless this matter is satisfactorily resolved by the Islamic community, there is a real worry that some lasting damage will be done,” said Howard.
As far as I am concerned, the mufti should never be allowed to preach again after making such a crude and inflamatory remark. The fact that the Muslim leadership is only calling for him to be silent for three months indicates that their general lack of concern for how abysmally their religion treats half of the world’s population. The fact that only half of Australia’s muslim people are offended by this remark should be cause for grave concern on the part of both men and women.