Stephanie Banister had been running for a seat at the Australian parliament – before she gave this interview. In it, she claimed that Islam is a country and only 2% of Australian people followed their Haram (she meant Qur’an). So she didn’t want their (Islamic) laws in her land. So far, so good. But it didn’t stop there.
“Jews aren’t under haram,” Banister went on to explain. “They have their own religion, which follows Jesus Christ.”
She also thinks that Kosher food for Jewish-Australians is okay – because they don’t charge a tax (they do). But Haram (this time used to mean Islam and/or Halal foods) charges a tax – so Halal food should be banned. She has quickly earned the title of the Australian Sarah Palin and chosen to drop out of the race. Banister’s far-right party ‘One Nation’ intends to restrict immigration and “abolish multi-racialism,” which it claims is “destroy[ing] Australian culture.”
My amusement prevents me from mustering up indignation at her Islamophobia and bigotry. Lauren Green’s pouncing on Reza Aslan has been played over so many times – that this was actually refreshingly funny. Good thing Ms. Banister is only 27. She can perhaps make a comeback in politics and attribute 7 more meanings to the word ‘Haram’.