Classic Miranda, 2011: “Bernardi has been the most vocal opponent in parliament of what he sees as “soft sharia”, the thin end of the wedge, a well-documented strategy employed in other democratic countries to eventually bring in a parallel Islamic justice system - which would weaken our rule of law and treat women as second-class citizens. “In other nations we’ve found that an accommodation of sharia finance leads into an accommodation of any number of other areas where sharia is implemented, such as in property disputes, such as in marital separations,” he said. He was pilloried as a “racist” and a “bigot” when he raised his concerns last year, not just by the Greens and Labor but also by “moderate” Liberal MPs. Independent Andrew Wilkie called him “ a disgrace to the high office you hold”.
“The Liberal senator was attacked as “a disgrace” by Mr Wilkie in the House of Representatives last night over his claims that Islam was a “totalitarian” religion.”