Banister withdraws from race after stating 'Islam is a country'

An Australian parliamentary election candidate with the anti-immigration One Nation party has quit the race following an embarrassing interview.

Banister withdraws from race after stating 'Islam is a country'

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Australian parliamentary election candidate with the anti-immigration One Nation party has quit the race following an embarrassing interview in which she called Islam a country, confused the Koran with “haram,” and said that Jews worship Jesus Christ, reported the RT. 

Twenty-seven-year-old Stephanie Banister – dubbed in the media as the “Australian Sarah Palin” - was running for the Brisbane seat of Rankin in next month’s federal election. However, the ultra-nationalist has announced that she has pulled out of the race just two days after kicking off her campaign.

The aspiring politician was widely ridiculed after her gaffe-laden interview with Seven News, which was aired on Wednesday night and quickly went viral. 

I don't oppose Islam as a country, umm, but I do feel that their laws should not be welcome here in Australia,” Banister stated.

The would-be-MP also claimed that two per cent of Australians “follow haram,” apparently referring to the Koran - the central religious text of Islam.

Jews aren’t under haram. They have their own religion which follows Jesus Christ,” the mother of two said.

Banister also used the word “haram” – an Islamic term used for something forbidden or sinful - when she presumably meant to say “halal,” which means the complete opposite.

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