Did you hear? The Egyptian government is anti-Muslim.
It’s true, in elections that will take place at roughly the same time as ours, October 18-19, all women wearing the niqab will be forced to remove it while voting or be refused their ballot reports the Egyptian news service Ahram.
Spokesperson to the Higher Elections Committee (HEC) Omar Marawan has said the law stipulates that all niqab-wearing women will only cast ballots if they remove the face veil while voting, for identity verification purposes. Otherwise they will be barred.
They must really hate Muslims in Egypt since they have already barred women wearing face coverings in the largest Islamic school in the country. Al-Azhar is the most prestigious Sunni Muslim university in the world according to some and they don’t allow the face veil on campus.
Just recently Cairo University banned teachers from wearing the niqab citing poor communication by veil wearers.
Those dammed anti-Muslim Egyptians.
Of course I am being sarcastic, the people doing the banning in Egypt are themselves Muslim and like in Canada, most Muslim women there do not wear the niqab but enough do to leave those of us concerned looking for rules.
I pointed out the rules in Egypt and in other Muslim countries to my niqab defending friends on Newstalk 580 in Ottawa and was told that didn’t matter because those were not democratic countries. Funny, I was told requiring women to show their faces in certain situations was anti-Muslim, yet presented with evidence to the contrary of course the argument changed.
Well, I’m not going to change the argument.
Niqab supporters have been claiming for years now, not months, that we must accept the creeping sharia that says niqabed women cannot show their face to anyone but another woman, if at all, out of respect for their religion. If that argument is true, and I disagree whole-heartedly, then Islamic universities and the government of an Islamic country like Egypt must hold some sway.
If the most prestigious Islamic university in the Sunni world can ban niqabs and the Egyptian government can require their removal for voting then surely we can do the same here. Islam has been in Canada for more than a century, with the niqab only coming to this country with the push of Saudi Wahabism here and around the world.
In Egypt they have been dealing with Islam for centuries, the vast majority of its inhabitants are Muslim, I think they know what they are doing.
Other Muslim countries have restrictions on the niqab as well.
Tunisia, Turkey and Azerbaijan all ban the niqab.
Turkey, to answer my radio colleagues that don’t believe we should look to Muslim countries like Egypt for our guidance on the niqab, is actually a democracy. So too is France, Belgium and Holland – three European countries that have banned the niqab outright.
The often far left European Court of Human Rights has upheld the bans France has enacted on not only the niqab but also all kinds of other outward religious garb.
Surely Canada’s mild request for people to show their faces in certain situations, like citizenship ceremonies, must seem benign compared to the outright bans in democratic Europe.
As for Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s musings about following Quebec’s lead and banning the niqab in the civil service there are practical reasons for this. Beyond most people wanting to know and see who they are being served by, the simple fact is most civil servants, at least in Ottawa, require photo identification to get into work.
From employees at the House of Commons, Health Canada, Citizenship, military establishments and more, the tens of thousands of civil servants in Ottawa need to show their photo ID and have it matched to their face just to get into their workplace. How effective would such photo ID be if the person entering their workplace had their face covered?
I am puzzled by the ongoing support for the niqab by so-called feminists in Canada. By any objective standard the niqab subjugates women and yet they defend it. As I have said elsewhere, none of the people speaking up for niqab wearers on religious freedom grounds stood up for the Hutterites in their court battle which has similar facts and themes.
No one at this point is calling for a full ban of women wearing the niqab in public as we have seen in Europe, it is for mild restrictions, the kind of restrictions that we see in Muslim countries already. Canada is on solid ground here and will remain so, unless Justin Trudeau or Tom Mulcair win the election.
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