Hervey Bay Independent : 12th March 2015
OurView Journalist Lee Gailer Requesting a change of heart In a couple of days when you are reading this - or not - I may, or may not have, pulled out of my performance in heat four of the Hervey Bay Unplugged competition. Don’t get me wrong, I do want to share my music with you, but the big thing standing in my way is stage fright. Writing this column once a fortnight is scary enough and I don’t have to stand in front of you to deliver it. I can just imagine the chuckles (or sneers) at my attempts at wit and humour. Put me in the spotlight and I am like a deer in headlights. My mind escapes me - it runs off yelling “get me out of here”. So with my mind elsewhere, all I am left with is my mouth - with a foot planted fi rmly inside. Anyway, my point is, it is my right to change my mind at any given time - apparently because I am a woman. While women, and men, around the world acknowledged International Women’s Day at the weekend, I decided to embrace the saying, “it’s a woman’s prerogitive”, which was clearly coined with the notion that “women are fi ckle”. My interpretation is that the saying means women are smart enough to listen to others, adjust their views and change their minds. And so I will - back and forth - to perform in public and risk embarrassment, or not to play and risk nothing but achieve just that. That is my small dilemma, but I ask the organiser of the divisive anti-Islam rally to think carefully about the possible outcomes of going ahead with such a hurtful event. I ask her to listen to others and consider the harm it will cause the Muslim members of our community - a great, diverse, multicultural community, of which most of us are proud to be a part. No harm can come from a change of heart and a rethink. Join the conversation on Facebook /herveybayindy YOURSAY More than just fabric A reply to a letter published March 5. I, like your correspondent Merike Johnson, have many misgivings about organised religions and agree that there is a fair bit of patriarchy in most of them. However I think she misses the mark on her two main points. 1. Most religions are we don’t try, when all we have to do is reverse the propaganda we have been fed for years through the media and western fi lms, and replace it with our own research and questions. not mysoginistic. They do not hate or dislike women although they often relegate females to a secondary, but esteemed, position within the community. There are certainly fewer women in church hierarchies but that has more to do with tradition than ‘hatred of women’. 2. The wearing of a Hijab is not a ‘fabric prison’ any more than pierced ears are self-mutilation. It is a cultural ‘dress code’ and is no more wrong than wearing stressed denim jeans, tattoos and many other cultural forms of display. It is a fact that not all Muslim women wear a hijab and, in fact, I am aware of husbands (both Muslim and nonMuslim) who actively discourage their wives from wearing hijab. Other husbands leave the choice to their wives and some encourage it and are proud of their wives for choosing hijab. I am not a Muslim but I have met a number of Muslim women who choose to wear a hijab (headscarf) proudly as a symbol of their beliefs and in the hope that they will be judged on the basis of their intelligence and personality, not on the basis of their beauty. Does Merike wish to deprive them of something so important to them? Edward Poley Hervey Bay Progressive thinking It was refreshing to read the articles by Barb Poley of Kawungan and Jason Loft of Maryborough (February 19). My own long held belief is that our fear of something is simply the product of ignorance and the only way to cure this ignorance is to inform ourselves through knowledge. Although I would not go so far as to label myself a racist, until recently I have been ignorant in my thoughts that as long as some cultures do not bother me, I will not bother them. This is from a person who has travelled and should be more enlightened. Sometimes we take the view that some things are too diffi cult to understand so True, the IS and other extremist groups are Muslims, but they are not part of the main stream Muslim faith. Our fear is that they all look and dress the same, making it diffi cult to distinguish. If we think about it, it wasn’t that long ago we felt the same about all Asians. How is it we are more accepting of the Catholic faith with its past connections with the Mafi a, corruption and murder, dating back beyond the Borgia family which produced two popes in the 15th century? Christianity is not without its atrocities committed in the name of ‘God’. We have accepted priests wearing robes and nuns wearing habits for centuries, but get in a tizz over a Muslim woman wanting to cover her hair. At the risk of exposing my age, in my early childhood years it was common for women in our own culture to pop on a scarf to cover their hair on windy or bad hair days. Kudos to Jason Loft for acknowledging a business succeeding through progressive thinking which benefi ts the region with a positive attitude and employment opportunities. We need more business owners like Daryn and Petrina Brims and although I don’t know them, I wish them well. We need an injection of that kind of positive and proactive thinking in the region; rather than knocking those who do succeed. While there are many businesses in Hervey Bay and surrounding region that deserve acknowledgement for the same reasons, unfortunately there are just as many, if not more, who share a laidback attitude to their business which shows in their lack of customer service. It shows on their faces and in their body language, the business is driving them (into the ground); rather than them driving the business. Dorothy Douglas Scarness Insurance premiums Has anyone ever noticed the small print in all insurance policies which states that cover is not extended to damage caused by terrorism ? Strange then isn’t it that the same insurer collects a terrorism levy on behalf of the Govt? The funds then go into a pool administered by the Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation! This pool started about 2004 and it is said that it has not been used to date although one rumour was that it was being used to fund the investigation into missing fl ight MH370. It would be interesting to get to the bottom of this little governmentt, earner? West Hill Kawungan Well done Z-Pac My wife and I attended the opening night of the latest production at the Z-PAC theatre. The evening was fi rst class and the acting was really good. This was not an “amateur” production from an “amateur dramatic society”, but a very professional production and a credit to the actors and the director. The ability of the actors to live the parts and give them real feelings was remarkable. Each one of them did that and the result was like we were really there in the room with them. Congratulations to the director for her tremendous job and likewise the actors for a great performance. We would thoroughly recommend this to everyone for a great evening entertainment. Andy Vinnicombe Torquay A murder of crows A fl ock of crows is called a murder of crows and I would dearly love to murder some crows around our neighbourhood! Their continuous, monotonous, raucous conversation at all hours from sun up to sun down is slowly driving me insane. If only they had sweet tones like so many other birds or if they were quieter in their conversation but no, they have to shout to one another as they perch in the gum trees scattered around the area. As an ex-South Australian I am often referred to as a Crow-eater and I do follow the Adelaide Crows in the AFL, but stone the crows, I wish the Hervey Bay crows would shut up! There never used to be so many crows in the Bay, where have they all come from? How does one get them to leave town? 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