Heroic Young Woman Defends Muslim Family From Belligerent Religious Bigot (VIDEO)

Heroic Young Woman Defends Muslim Family From Belligerent Religious Bigot (VIDEO)

Recently, we did a story on a reformed racist from the South who called upon whites to call out racism and bigotry when they see it. Turning a blind eye to injustices, after all, is basically the same thing as condoning it.

That must have been the thought process of 23-year-old Australian Stacey Eden when she observed a woman verbally harassing a hardworking and honest Muslim family as they rode together on a commuter train in Sydney, Australia. Eden filmed a portion of the incident and posted it on Youtube, where it has since gone viral. In fact, Eden said that the harassment had been going on for a good 10 minutes before she started recording.

In a radio interview, Eden said that the woman doing the harassing was especially annoyed by the hijab worn by the Muslim woman. Somehow, she came to the conclusion that “hijab” = “ISIS member,” which is the thought process of most racist and bigoted simpletons in the world. Eden also said that the woman kept glancing around the train at other passengers, looking for someone to support her haranguing. Thankfully, according to Eden, no one bit.:

“She was looking around the carriage as she was saying things, hoping someone would stand up and agree with her but fortunately it didn’t work out in her favour because I stood up and told her what she was saying wasn’t right.”

Finally, Eden could stand it no longer and intervened, explaining to the tormenter that the hibab was being worn by the Muslim lady out of modesty, and telling her to shut up if she can’t say anything nice. When Eden stood up for the Muslim family, the woman told her to go join ISIS. Here is transcript of the exchange, from the Daily Mail:

In her recording of the incident, Ms Eden is heard fuming:  ‘She wears it (her hijab) for herself, OK!’

‘She wears it because she wants to be modest with her body, not because of people like you who are going to sit there and disrespect her.’  

Ms Eden said she became really upset after the woman allegedly branded ‘all Muslims ISIS supporters’ and insulted the woman’s husband and headscarf.

Ms Eden was not having a bar of it. ‘That is not her doing it. That is a minority of people. Not a majority of people OK? 

‘It doesn’t matter what they’re doing… Have some respect, have some respect,’ she said, as the woman continued on her tirade. 

‘It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter. What’s that got to do with this poor lady? What’s that got to do with her?’ 

‘Nothing,’ the ranter replied. 

‘Exactly!’ Ms Eden fired back. 

‘You’re the one who started the argument!’ the woman said. 

Ms Eden then instructed the woman to be silent. ‘No, you’re the one sitting there saying things under your breath, shut your mouth, simple.

‘You shut your mouth,’ the woman replied. 

‘No, you shut your mouth. You’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say anything, simple.’ 

Authorities have gotten wind of the incident and are investigating it, starting with trying to identify the bigoted lady.

Underneath the Youtube video, Eden wrote the following:

“People like this make me sick. People who are so ignorant and disrespectful to other people who were clearly sitting there minding their own business.

She was saying some pretty horrible and hurtful things before i spoke up then as soon as I started defending them she stopped.

People need to stop judging and putting others down over religion!

Every religion has good and bad but if you take it back to the foundations, every religion is also built on love – to love one another.

The purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticise others.”

Eden has received a ton of support on her Facebook page, and the Muslim couple’s mosque has reportedly offered her an all-expenses-paid trip to visit the Gold Coast for a night and to see their mosque.

Eden did exactly what others need to do if we are going to stamp out ugly racism and bigotry in this world. It takes a lot more courage to stand up against these injustices than it does to pile on or to do nothing.

Watch Eden’s heroic defense of this poor Muslim couple below.

H/T:   Featured image credit: Youtube screen capture, Facebook.

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Dan Simpson is a devoted father of many children, and a liberal-progressive writer stuck in the middle of Conserva-land