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Should Canada ban Islamic face veils?

Posted on 11 April 2011 by Amago

I hope more and more women protest for their freedom of religion. Has anyone thought that maybe it isn’t face veils that are oppressive but the laws themselves that try to restrain people from practicing their religious beliefs?

On the heels of the French ban it looks like Canada may follow suit.  The piece below unfortunately cites the Muslim Canadian Congress, an organization founded by the loon Tarek Fateh, which has near no credibility amongst Canadian Muslims.

Should Canada ban Islamic face veils?

by: Wency Leung

France’s ban on Islamic face veils came into force today, and already, at least two veiled women have reportedly been detained for protesting the new law.

The ban, which carries a fine of 150 euros ($207), has reignited the debate over where to draw the line between protecting a nation’s values and ensuring individuals’ freedom of expression.

Those supporting the ban say the veils oppress women and don’t fall in line with the country’s values of gender equality. Under France’s new law, anyone who forces women to wear a veil can face up to a year in prison and a fine 30,000 of euros.

But others, including some women who wear the veils themselves, believe the ban infringes on their freedom of religion and smacks of anti-Islamic sentiment.

In Canada, calls to introduce a similar ban have also prompted heated debate. For years, the Muslim Canadian Congress has urged for an end to the practice of wearing face-concealing niqabs and burkas, arguing the veils aren’t required under Islam, but are rather symbols of religious extremism and misogyny.

Canadian women who say they choose to wear the veils, however, argue that far from oppressing them, the face coverings guard their modesty.

Here, as in France, those who actually wear the veils are few.

Should Canada consider following France’s lead? Or would doing so put unfair restrictions on a minority?

  • crane5

    Should Doukhobors be allowed to be nude in public for religious reasons without being arrested?

  • Dominic Blais

    everyone should ban the veil. Muslim men should be forced to live and act as women in Saudi Arabia are forced to do, in non Muslim country’s lets hold them to equal rights

  • Ilisha


    “What is shameful about a woman’s face that she has to hide it?”

    Wearing the niqab (like knee-cob, face veil) is not about shame. Sara Bokker is a former actress and model, born and raised in the US, and you may find her story interesting:

    Why I Shed Bikini for Niqab

    …Eventually I hit a moment of truth: my new-found self-fulfilling activism was nothing more than merely embracing a faith called Islam where I could live in peace as a “functional” Muslim.

    I bought a beautiful long gown and head cover resembling the Muslim woman’s dress code and I walked down the same streets and neighborhoods where only days earlier I had walked in my shorts, bikini, or “elegant” western business attire. Although the people, the faces, and the shops were all the same, one thing was remarkably distinct–I was not–nor was the peace at being a woman I experienced for the very first time. I felt as if the chains had been broken and I was finally free. I was delighted with the new looks of wonder on people’s faces in place of the looks of a hunter watching his prey I had once sought. Suddenly a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I no longer spent all my time consumed with shopping, makeup, getting my hair done, and working out. Finally, I was free…

    Today I am still a feminist, but a Muslim feminist, who calls on Muslim women to assume their responsibilities in providing all the support they can for their husbands to be good Muslims. To raise their children as upright Muslims so they may be beacons of light for all humanity once again. To enjoin good–any good–and to forbid evil–any evil. To speak righteousness and to speak up against all ills. To fight for our right to wear Niqab or Hijab and to please our Creator whichever way we chose. But just as importantly to carry our experience with Niqab or Hijab to fellow women who may never have had the chance to understand what wearing Niqab or Hijab means to us and why do we, so dearly, embrace it…

    Read the rest here:

    The simplest and most obvious reason some women choose to wear niqab is to please God. I think all believers, not just Muslims, who are steadfast in their faith share the goal of pleasing God. Of course, many Muslims don’t believe Muslim women need to (or even should) wear niqab, but others believe it’s highly recommended, or even compulsory. Niqabis (women who wear the face veil) are not hurting anyone, and they find serenity in serving God. Shouldn’t that be a person’s fundamental right?

    Further recommended reading:

    Niqab: “What if my Daughter is afraid of her?”

  • Marty

    When God created Adam and Eve they were naked. God was pleased! They sinned against God and became aware of their nakedness and saw their shame and covered their naked bodies. We, to this day cover our bodies with clothes and not our faces. What is shameful about a woman’s face that she has to hide it? After all God was pleased with his workmanship. Unless you prove me wrong then I call it a sin when you cover up what God did not.

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 5:32)

    Ted you have the right to be stupid as you obviously demonstrate to the world ;-)

    Sir David

  • Ted

    Totally agree if I have 6 wives and want to walk them through the mall on dog leashes that is my religious freedom. If my religion is sacrificing chickens and throwing them into the ocean that’s my right. If my religion says to raise a goat in the family household then slay it in front of my children that should be my religious right. Thank you for understanding.

  • Chris

    Banning of hijab is against freedom of expression of one’s beliefs.

    The hijab is not to opress, but rather to respect women. – @lupefiasco

  • Babouviste

    Inshallah! The niqab (face covering) and burqa (covering of the entire body) are the result of barbarous misinterpretations of the Holy Qur’an, of applying a bad “Hadith”. Hijab (head and neck covering) is considered sufficient for a woman’s modesty in public by most learned authorities of the Holy Qur’an. Purda (drawing curtains) allows a woman to go without hijab in her own home, which is in the spirit of allowing free expression of a woman’s religion. Men are also admonished to cover their heads in public, yet one often sees a bareheaded Muslim husband accompanying a wife in full burqa. Western governments should not be intimidated by such shameless men into allowing them to force parochial standards of slavery over women which are not sanctioned by the Holy Qur’an.

  • Issam

    Should Canada ban Islamic face veil?
    Unequivocally YES.
    One simple reason: the niqab can be used as a mask to cover one’s identity in public, I.E, a wanted criminal can use the niqab to hide from authorities and escape justice to live happily ever after.
    As a Muslim, I have noticed that “many” Muslims have gone mad and irrational,to the point of forgetting about the real Islam and it’s teachings.
    Finally, I would like to ask, Does the Quran even mention niqab as a mandatory dress code for ” all Muslim women”? Even the hijab is not mentioned in the Quran, please correct me if I’m wrong and thank you.

  • Fredrik

    The most ironic thing happened in Denmark, a neighboring country of mine, when they tried to impose a ban on niqab and burqa. University of Copenhagen set out to and did a survey. According to their findings an estimate of three women in Denmark even wears the burqa. Roughly 150 to 200 women was estimated to wear the niqab.

    Honestly passing a law banning a virtually non-existing phenomenon is ridiculous. Which, fortunately, wasn’t the case. The problem of the matter was that they wanted to impose a ban in certain situations. Which kind of indicates what seems to be the census of all the loons: That Muslims can’t be integrated into western societies. According to Denmark you need a law to impose common sense on Muslims. Most women I’ve heard of wearing face veil are smart and intelligent. They are clever enough to realize that if you need to identify yourself you remove the face veil. Denmark on the other hand seems to think less of Muslim women.

    Besides that I honestly do not think criminalizing a garment of clothing helps the oppression of women which often seems to be an argument for banning the burqa or niqab. The only thing that results in is further oppression for women who choose to wear the face veil. Now sanctioned by the state no less.

    Just my two cents.

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