Australia: Women forced to back of lecture theatre at Hizb ut-Tahrir lecture

Men sat at the front of the lecture theatre while women were up the back.

A UNIVERSITY address by radical Muslim group Hizb ut-Tahrir saw women sent to the back of the lecture theatre while men took their place at the front.

“Brothers to the front and sisters to the back” was the message from the preachers who were invited to speak at the meeting in sydney’s west on Thursday night.

The Daily Telegraph reports men and women were segregated before the lecture to students at the University of Western Sydney’s Parramatta campus began.

Women were ushered through a door marked “sisters” at the rear of the hall, while the “brothers” entered through another door and were told to take their place in “the front five rows”, the Telegraph reports.

The lecture, featuring several speakers from the radical group, focused heavily on problems facing Muslims that were “the result of Western ideology.”

The organisation, which claims to be a peaceful “political party”, was highlighted by Prime Minister Tony Abbott as an “organisation blatantly spreading discord and division”.

Muslim community elder Keysar Trad said it was not unusual at Islamic gatherings for men and women to sit apart…

No surprises here.

  • Jay Currie

    Rather nice of the chaps to let the ladies come at all.

  • Brett_McS

    I see they reserved the front row for the Rhodes Scholars and future Nobel Laureates.

  • eMan14

    “The Prophet Muhammad is also quoted as saying in his final sermon: ‘The rights of women are sacred, so see that they are maintained.'”
    I suppose he forgot to tell them that women must enter from the back door.

    • From what I’ve heard about that that culture it’s generally the men who enter from the back door.

      • Norman_In_New_York

        Are you talking about women or goats?

  • WalterBannon

    use of flamethrower, authorized.

  • simus1

    They don’t look especially pleased. Perhaps the offer of a free large glass of freshly flown in camel urine to the first 100 inbred idiots in the door had to be withdrawn due to a misunderstanding at customs.