As Islam promotes strict segregation between men and women, we now see Muslim Australians acting upon this in our schools. And as has occurred in the past, we have one set of rules for Muslims, and another set for non- Muslims.
But surely our Education Department would at least disagree with this outdated, feudal practice?
“Muslim public schoolboys ‘excused’ from shaking hands with women”, The Australian, February 20, 2017:
A public school in Sydney’s west has adopted a policy permitting Muslim male students to decline to shake hands with females, despite the practice having been denounced by many senior Islamic figures.
The Hurstville Boys Campus of Georges River College in Sydney recently hosted an awards ceremony at which female presenters, including several accomplished and respected members of the local community, were told by one of the school’s two principals that some students would not shake their hands because of their Muslim faith.
The instruction is understood to derive from an Islamic hadith — a report describing the words, actions, or habits of the Islamic prophet Mohammed — stating that “it is better to be stabbed in the head with an iron needle than to touch the hand of a woman who is not permissible to you”.
The NSW Education Department has confirmed the school had an “agreed protocol” regarding handshaking and Muslim students.
It was developed following consultation between staff, students and parents.
“At the school’s 2016 presentation day, the principal explained to invited guests making awards that some Muslim students may place their hand across their chest instead of shaking hands,” a NSW Department of Education spokesman said….