Australian school allows male Muslim pupils to refuse handshakes with women

Hadith teaching states: ‘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’

An Australian school has adopted a policy allowing male Muslim students to refuse to shake hands with women.

Two principals at the Hurstville Boys Campus of Georges River College, in Sydney, told guests at its 2016 presentation day that some students may not shake hands because of their faith.

The NSW Education Department told The Australian the school had an “agreed protocol” developed after a consultation between staff, students and parents.

A spokesman told the newspaper: “The Department of Education requires its schools to recognise and respect the cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds of all students, with the intent to promote an open and tolerant attitude towards a diverse Australian community.”

[TOP RATED COMMENT] So would it be ok for a k.k.k member to refuse to shake a black person’s hand because it’s against their ideology?

Be a muslim and you can be sexist and homophobic and the left say nothing.

[ANOTHER] Knowing Muslim toilet habits, it’s probably for the best…

[ANOTHER] …. its ok for the schools to permit them not to shake hands with women because thats what it says in the Qu’ran . . . so I guess it will also be ok for them to discriminate against homosexuals, because thats what it says in the Qu’ran . . .

[ANOTHER] I would feel demeaned if somebody refused to shake my hand because of some religious mumbo jumbo they had been indoctrinated into believing since birth.

[ANOTHER] The issue here isn’t about forcing people to shake hands, it’s the fact that boys are being taught to be sexist, to view women as different. Im pretty sure that goes against everything a progressive society stands for. And not shaking hands is seen as socially unacceptable in western cultures, like queue jumping or eating with your mouth open.

The Hadiths and Quran also say a lot of bad things about Jews. I doubt any of you would support boys being taught not to shake the hands of Jews.

[ANOTHER] Before dismissing it out of hand, has anyone tried the ‘iron needle’ option?

[ANOTHER] The hadith teaching ‘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’ was said by the main man, Mad Bad Mo, of course, but can someone explain to me what is the benefit to the West of allowing any further immigration from Islamic countries given the revivalism of vanilla Islam?

[ANOTHER] Appalling misogyny and this school and Australia should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. [The Independent] Read more

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