The two above photos are extremely significant given two recent news stories in New Zealand.
Both stories centred around the western cultural norm of shaking a person’s hand and the above two photos of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia respecting the cultural norms of the UK and the powerful women he had come to meet by shaking their hands proves that when a Muslim refuses to shake your hand inside New Zealand they are choosing to disrespect you, your culture and your gender. They are choosing to put their cultural norm and religious law above the cultural norm of our country and the secular law of our country which insists on equality between the sexes.
The Iranians who disrespected Labour’s Jo Luxton chose to disrespect her. They made a decision that their culture and their religious law was more important than showing their hosts respect.
Equally the female Muslim student who cost the senior academic at Auckland University his job chose to disrespect him and to refuse to shake his hand because of his gender.
If the Crown prince of a Muslim country is capable of showing respect to women and respecting their cultural norms inside their country then there is no excuse whatsoever for any other Muslim, male or female to not show us that same courtesy and respect.
Auckland University should give the Academic his job back immediately. Why should he be punished for not tolerating an intolerant act towards him? Imagine how the Queen or PM Theresa May would have reacted if the Muslim Crown prince had disrespected them by ignoring their outstretched hands.
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