By ZEYNAB GAMIELDIENThe cute guy sitting next to you in your tutorial? The guy in the cubicle next to yours with the cool ergonomic lunchbox? (I won’t deny that there are cases where people are forced into things against their will, but that’s a whole other can of worms.)I want to marry someone who shares my faith.
Before you decide to throw a pity party because of how oppressed you think Muslims are and what a sad existence this must be, bear in mind that this is a lifestyle choice and one I, like many others, am more than happy to make.
The more Australians knew about Islam, the less prejudice they were.
“We found that across the board – among conservative or progressive individuals, people of different age, education and country of birth – there was an association between someone’s level of knowledge about Islam and their prejudice against Muslims.
“A significant finding among the data was the higher level of prejudice about a Muslim marrying a relative, a Muslim neighbour and living near a mosque, compared to other religions,” said Dr Matteo Vergani, Research Fellow at Deakin’s Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation.
“More than half of the respondents – 57 per cent – said they would be concerned if one of their close relatives were to marry a person of Muslim faith, compared with the 33 per cent of respondents who would be concerned over a Jewish fiancé, 29.4 per cent a Buddhist fiancé, and 8.1 per cent a Christian fiancé.” showed that education is the key to fighting Islamophobia.
You sit there and make conversation on the couch, being careful not to sit too close or laugh too much at first.
Again, if Jane Austen were here today she’d totally understand; propriety is everything.Other ways friends of mine have met partners include on internet forums, public transport and even a doctor’s waiting room. (People tend to get creative when they’re in a tight spot.)At the end of the day, whether you’re meeting someone at a party or at church or even at a mosque, the obstacles are still the same. In some way or other, we all screen potential partners based on what is important to us.Whatever floats your boat, I say, and for me shared religious values really gets the boat sailing. If you can’t imagine how it is that a person can find a partner when 99% of the population are a no-go, you’d be right. If you’re content to wait for Prince Charming to come knocking on your front door, you do nothing, because chances are he might just do that.“In the wake of the recent Essential poll which showed that 49 per cent of Australians support a ban on Muslim immigration, this result is particularly heartening and important because it suggests that education and knowledge of Islam is key to overcoming Islamophobia and building a more cohesive society.” Dr Vergani explained that the preliminary findings are based on the first of three sets of data from the 2016 Australian Survey of Social Attitudes (Au SSA), which comprises interviews with a national sample of randomly selected Australians.