Pauline Hanson’s first Muslim candidate

Caption: To say that Emma Eros’ first major public appearance did not go well is an understatement.

Pauline Hanson has called for a moratorium on Islamic immigration. Her One Nation party?s policies include a ban on sharia and Islamic face coverings such as the burqa and niqab. Hanson has described Islam as ?a disease?. It?s fair to say that Pauline isn?t the biggest fan of ol? Mo.

Which is why the announcement of Emma Eros as a One Nation candidate raised plenty of eyebrows, not least among the party faithful. Quote:

Emma Eros is a mother-of-two, a businesswoman and a Muslim activist and, as of Monday, One Nation?s newest candidate for the upcoming NSW election. End of quote.

Emma is well aware that her candidacy is a controversial one. Quote:

Many people are taken aback that I have happily joined One Nation ? others have sent me kind words of support and encouragement.

Many have shown themselves to be very un-Australian in their reaction. It is for you that I pray.

Unfortunately, in my life, I?ve seen so much hatred, racism, religious division, segregation and oppression and, yes, terrorism. End of quote.

While some One Nation supporters have supported Emma?s candidacy, others have reacted with outraged criticism. But when so many of us are calling for moderate Muslims to stand up, is it fair to criticise Emma? Quote:

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has long stated that there are moderate Muslims ? and there are. They need to stand, speak out and be heard, which is what I?m doing.

I am Muslim and I practise religion in my way, the way I feel is right, the way I know millions all over the world practise. I may not pray every day but this is akin to one who does not go to church every Sunday.

Come Ramadan, I fast when I am able to and I practise religion from within. End of quote.

It?s fair to say that Emma had a rocky introduction to public life, when she sparred with Milo Yiannopoulos on his Australian visit in 2017. Contrary to clickbait headlines, the encounter did not leave Emma ?in sobbing heap”, but she certainly came across very badly in comparison to the seasoned debater, Milo. Emma fumbled while trying to claim that Sharia is somehow mutable, that its extreme tenets are “nothing to do with Islam”, and Milo pounced. But it?s worth noting that Emma, for instance, unequivocally criticised Linda Sarsour for spreading hate.

But her argument that it’s counterproductive to keep attacking Muslims who want dialogue, and treating all as a single-minded bloc, was lost as Milo ran rhetorical rings around a clearly unprepared Emma. Quote:

I guess I wanted to explain the cultural Islam Yiannopoulos was talking about was not what I and many millions of other Muslim followed or practised.

It saddens me to see such hatred and division in our country.

I have chosen to make a difference and to contribute to the only country that I have known. My home ? Australia. End of quote.

This, at least, is the sort of statement from Australian Muslims that we should be welcoming, surely? Quote:

So why One Nation? Because I believe the One Nation party of today is inclusive and equal.

I fully support One Nation; I hold the same ideals and aspirations as One Nation, even when it comes to slowing down immigration, despite the fact that my family emigrated here from Lebanon in the 1960s. I believe charity begins at home when it comes to immigration and we have to look after our own people first. Australia is very welcoming but must be wise to immigrants from countries who will not integrate or respect our way of life.

Sharia law has no place in Australia ? not now, not ever. I will never budge from this stance.

I also firmly believe that the burqa should be banned and I will continue to speak out against the range of barbaric cultural practices that involve oppression and suppression.

I will continue to speak out against anyone who espouses hatred regardless of their religion, creed or colour.

I will continue to speak out on no-go zones and terrorism. End of quote.

Pauline Hanson has shown a knack for recruiting people who do not fit the left?s identity politics mould. Emma Eros may well break that mould just a little more.