February 19, 2015

Let’s lift the Islamic veil of lies

Marissa SemkiwArchive

Last week an unelected judge struck down a prohibition on wearing the niqab during the citizenship oath ceremony. This ban was implemented in 2011 by then Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.

For those who are not familiar, the niqab is that full-face mask forced upon some Muslim women.

To be fair, the woman who challenged the policy in court claims that she wears the niqab voluntarily. But is it truly voluntary if this idea was ingrained in her mind from a young age? I think it is worth asking.

The Prime Minister was clear in expressing his displeasure with the ruling, while vowing to appeal:

“I believe, and I think most Canadians believe that it is offensive that someone would hide their identity at the very moment where they are committing to join the Canadian family.”

And Prime Minister-in-waiting Justin Trudeau’s view?

"Any time a government or a leader is in a position to choose to limit minority rights of any type, there has to be a very good justification — a clear and compelling reason to do so… The reason the prime minister gave last week for appealing the court's decision around the niqab was, to my mind, not at all justifying the prime minister's decision."

If you ask me, there is hardly a better reason to “limit minority rights” than to prove identity for citizenship hearings. But this narrative is merely a sideshow. Trudeau would have you believe this is a veiled attack on religious freedom. In reality, this is about standing up to archaic cultural practices that oppress women.

Don’t just take my word for it. The Muslim Canadian Congress, a truly moderate Muslim group, says there is “no requirement in the Qu’ran for Muslim women to cover their faces.” It is no wonder columnist Tarek Fatah refers to the niqab as a “veil of lies.”

So let’s be honest. This is not about religion. It is about control, power, and oppression. As Canadians, we should not allow a whole gender to be treated as second-class citizens.

For Trudeau, this issue seems to be an extension of his dangerously naïve worldview on archaic old-world practices. Recall that Trudeau previously thought calling female genital mutilation and honour killings “barbaric” in the new citizenship guide was wrong. And let’s not forget the knots Trudeau ties himself in trying to talk about the terrorism we currently face while not mentioning the Islamist motivations.

For those not lucky enough to be born here, the granting of Canadian citizenship is not an automatic right. It is something that has to be earned and is quite special. It is only proper that citizenship judges require proof of identity, and that that proof be verified while granting this special gift to anyone.

Isn’t identity at the heart of that? Isn’t showing those in public who you are, when you are given the privilege of joining them, the keystone of all of this? Sure, currently the face can be revealed in private before the ceremony takes place. But isn’t Canada about a community? Aren’t these ceremonies public?

There are certain times when people should show their face, like when they are buying alcohol, voting, or boarding a plane. Becoming a citizen should be no different.

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commented 2015-10-03 00:24:35 -0400
You lifted the veil, Marissa, but too many people are still buying the Islamic lies.
commented 2015-05-21 22:11:43 -0400
We need to elect judges. These appointed goofs are just out to lunch.
commented 2015-05-19 13:35:31 -0400
Its simple, because you choose to wear that tent the rest of us dont know who is in there! There were stories of underaged men in LCBO buying liquor and they weren’t even asked for ID! Show your damn face already!
commented 2015-04-30 18:39:31 -0400
Time to start electing judges here like in the U.S.A.
commented 2015-04-27 22:54:44 -0400
That moron is just after Muslim vote!
commented 2015-04-17 00:45:00 -0400
The niqab is sharia law/jihad plain and simple!This moslem is wearing a political statement and showing Canada she clearly supports FOREIGN LAW ~sharia~OVER Canadian Laws!! As her POLITICAL REGIME~Islam~demands jihad AGAINST CANADA, she is being a"good" soldier/ moslem. She is obviously a moslem TROJAN HORSE COMBATANT, here to do her part to erode and overtake Canada~as other “moderate” moslem "citizens"in Sweden have demonstrated ,by becoming the gang rape capital of the world and having no go zones, transportation and grocery stores blocked off,sex slaves, burnings, beatings, muggings and threats/harm to Swedish officials and their families! Millions have done the same as she intends!
commented 2015-04-16 06:18:34 -0400
One thought just came to mind. What if your husband tells you to wear the whatever. Are they to obey that whim?
Now seeing that over there they control every aspect she can’t comply with the rules of our country.
Maybe someone should refer her to a lawyer for divorce or go back.
There is something wrong with this picture, I don’t know what but something we don’t know is behind this.
She says she wears it voluntarily and decides to wear it to the ceremony, to what end?? The plot thickens. Is she testing our laws and customs for weakness?
Any other court cases regarding Muslim/Canadian relations seem odd?

It is almost 3:30 am and I am going to sleep on this puzzle.
Day 4 of the stomach flue.
commented 2015-02-24 16:11:58 -0500
Marissa, I have to disagree with you regarding your comment “In reality, this is about standing up to archaic cultural practices that oppress women.” This is not true. The issue of showing your face during a citizenship oath ceremony is defending Canadian law and the requirements outlined to become a Canadian Citizen. Religion (as you confirm), gender oppression, and rights are not at issue here. There is a choice, become a Canadian citizen by doing what is required, or don’t. The rules are simple and should not be changed to cow tow to a minority no matter what the liberal outcry may be. The PM has it bang on – "I believe, and I think most Canadians believe that it is offensive that someone would hide their identity at the very moment where they are committing to join the Canadian family.”
The issue of the niqab is a separate one, the issue here is hiding one’s identity during a legal proceeding. They want their cake and to eat it too, but it doesn’t work that way. If you are going to oppress your wife by forcing her to wear a niqab, and refuse to allow her to remove it in public then she can’t be a Canadian Citizen – end of story. Please don’t make the protection and enforcement of Canadian laws, institutions, and processes secondary to anything or try to use them to fight battles unrelated to the issue at hand. If it is ruled that they don’t have to show their face during a Citizenship ceremony how does that help these women? Although the better question would be how would it hurt Canada? If we don’t protect our laws and practices we’ll be in a horrible state in no time.
commented 2015-02-22 10:15:21 -0500
First of all I’m not really against what anyone wants to wear in public. I may find it distasteful, like teenage girls being so lazy that they wear their PJ’s in public, but so be it. But in this country I would like to see that when people come to this country, they work hard at integrating into the society they wish to join. In taking the oath of citizenship is one of those things that shows just this fact. If you don’t want to show your face and prove who you are to take this vital step in becoming a citizen, then you have no rights to be here. The needs of the many out weigh the needs of the minority or one!!!!!
published this page in Columns 2015-02-19 00:48:38 -0500