February 27, 2015

Hijabs make Canadian headlines again — this time, the debate flares up in a Quebec courtroom

Brian LilleyArchive

Another day, another Canadian controversy revolving around Muslim head coverings.

This time, the scene was a Quebec courtroom.

That's where a judge refused to hear a Muslim woman's case because she was wearing a hijab.

Leaders of all three major political parties, including the Prime Minister, have condemned the judges's decision.

However, Brian Lilley reminds viewers that, despite what defendant Rania El-Alloul told the judge, wearing a hijab is not a religious obligation in Islam:

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commented 2015-03-02 21:23:45 -0500
Valerie Clark- I am not concerned about Justin…. his father was a political fox, well versed and had balls that most politicians now days lack…( too bad he wasn’t a Conservative ) this will certainly hurt him in Quebec you are right, ( any semi intelligent person can see this guy is not what a politician should be…. maybe in another 20 years. As for Europe, yes you are also right there, I just came back to Canada after spending 27 years there , and I saw up to last year what these radical Islamists are capable of, even the moderate are just as bad since they do not criticize their fellow Muslims. The UK is waking up slowly and I hope Nigel Farange will have the possibility to enter Downing St. so he can start cleaning up this mess they are in…. France is also going to dogs, but Le Pen is on the door steps to power, and maybe thats what that country needs to keeps these ‘fanatics’ in check !
commented 2015-03-02 15:34:02 -0500
I say if she has this much energy to take on the court system then she has the energy and motivation to go get a job and contribute to the Canadian economy in a positive way.
commented 2015-03-02 12:32:30 -0500
Anthony Nino – Trudeau’s stance on islam will cause problems for him in Quebec. I agree that the Conservatives are still too soft when dealing with this issue. It needs to be nipped in the bud before it becomes a major problem like it is in Europe.
commented 2015-03-02 11:09:30 -0500
PS I forgot to give my THUMB UP to the Judge and Quebèc as well…..100% Solidarity with her.
commented 2015-03-02 11:06:54 -0500
I hope P.E.Trudeau is watching from up there ( or down there or any where else he might be ) and is pondering if his multi-cultural melange laws have gone to the ‘chiens’ !! It is time we identify ourselves with what our forefathers where, hard working people who came to the greatest country in the world for freedom and prosperity and a new life ! Too bad that these new politically correct laws are making us loose all that, our traditions are finished , it is good to guard every ones freedom and rights but not when its going against what Canada is about. Our Conservative boys as far as I am concerned are way too soft-lefty minded ( at least most of them any way ) Look at Denmark and see what they are doing in dealing with the Islamic problem there … good for them !
commented 2015-03-02 10:53:24 -0500
It is not difficult to see through the disingenuous sophistry of the Muslim community. If they valued tolerance and accommodation they should show it by practicing some. They would accommodate their fellow Canadian citizens by not insisting they have a right to wear their gang colours in public. We accommodate each other by agreeing to not indulge in too much territorial pissing. Public space should be reasonably neutral. That should be a mutually shared value that promotes tolerance.
commented 2015-03-01 22:25:13 -0500
I hope that The Rebel will do a follow-up on the crowd-funding that is taking place for this woman. Currently $35,000 has been raised! Since she is on welfare how can she keep this money. The Rebel should contact/alert Quebec officials. Let them know what is happening. Hopefully with such efforts she will be denied this money (or cut off welfare).
commented 2015-03-01 18:27:40 -0500
Liberal minded people have kicked out anything to do with religion in our schools, courts and Canada in General; especially Christianity. When Islam screams persecution by our court system or Gov. the Liberal left comes to their defence. Which takes me back to my first point. You Liberals wanted no religious anything anywhere in our institutions and have gotten your way. The Islam/Muslim culture is a religion here in Canada so why the double standard when it comes to the court system for them?
This is really not about her rights, but the rights of all other religions that you Liberal minded people have stepped on through your double standard when it comes to Islam screaming and the Liberals come a running to defend them. You Liberals are the problem her and you got exactly what you wanted in this secular society. NO RELIGION IN OUR SYSTEMS AND COURTS. The double standard you Liberals display is quite apparent and sickening.
commented 2015-03-01 16:45:49 -0500
Dana Moore – Get a grip. Ezra, Brian and Michael have earned our trust while islamic terrorists have proven to the entire world that not a single person of their ilk can be trusted.
commented 2015-03-01 15:10:06 -0500
I think crowdfunding could be used in a totally wrong way, afterall, how do people who donate to these know if their money isn’t headed to some terrorist group. It is a very scarey thought…
commented 2015-03-01 13:53:57 -0500
Bill Collins – I taught my kids to remove their hats anytime they went inside any building. Removing head coverings has always been considered good manners in Canada. If newcomers insist on being rude, they’ll have to suffer consequences such as having judges refuse to hear them.
commented 2015-03-01 13:30:53 -0500
For the last time! Head coverings are not part of the religion of Islam, they part of certain cultures and countries who support Islam. Canadian culture does not require head covering unless it is -20 C and a toque is required. Out of decorum we remove our headgear when we interact with people, such as a court or a polling station.
commented 2015-03-01 08:44:44 -0500
I had to mull this over and after some thought I have this to Say. If a gentleman were to appear in court he would have to take off his hat or head covering And sunglasses. Most women would do the same. This woman is not the Victim here, quite the opposite. None of these Muslims are victims in our country but are using our own Christian based, politically correct, don’t want to hurt your feelings, laws against you you, me, and everyone else that stands in their beliefs. We did’t have this problem before like 20 years ago because they didn’t have the numbers. Now they do and will target our laws to suit their ideology. Time to stand up and say enough. We have given you your freedom so stop trying to assimilate the rest of Canada and the western world.
commented 2015-03-01 00:30:24 -0500
Valerie, yes Austria and even Australia and that gutsy mayor in the Netherlands are making strides. About time, eh?
commented 2015-02-28 22:23:05 -0500
What a great way to get want you want from the courts, ie, getting your car back. Make the judge look bad by pretending to be overly offended for not doing what the judge says, using your religion as an excuse. Then have friends crowd fund for you. I expect we will be seeing more of this kind of stunt in the future.
commented 2015-02-28 20:03:12 -0500
I agree with the Judge’s decision. That headgear is NOT required everywhere a Muslim goes and I see their continued attempts to force the acceptance of it as trying to change Canada to suit their beliefs.
Sorry, you are not allowed to change Canada into Islam. This is CANADA!
commented 2015-02-28 18:34:31 -0500
Or reformation can mean a reforming or bringing back to an original state. Which is what I meant by reformation. I think it is mushy liberalism to ignore what Islam is doing on a global scale and to dismiss that as an aberration. I don’t know what informed reading you were referring to earlier but it is also mushy liberalism to dismiss actual facts presented and counter them with an argument like “the informed reading I’ve done counters all your arguments” and not list what that “informed reading” is. So I will give you the last word, and thanks in advance for defending my freedom of speech.
commented 2015-02-28 17:56:22 -0500
i see we’re back to where we were a couple of hours ago. evidently you’re a scriptural literalist when it comes to islam, but not when it comes to any other religion. it’s not mushy liberalism to acknowledge that religion changes over time and is interpreted historically. you yourself were calling for an islamic reformation (neglecting that reformations of sorts have actually occurred in islam). the call for reformation is a call to adjust religion to new historical circumstances, to different interpretations of holy texts, etc. that is what has happened in every major religion, including islam. i won’t speculate about why you hold these beliefs about muslims, but maybe you want to ask this of yourself.
commented 2015-02-28 17:50:16 -0500
If you define muslim as one who may or may not adhere to the teachings of Islam, I would agree.
commented 2015-02-28 17:49:26 -0500
I hear the University area of Dhaka is nice this time of year.
commented 2015-02-28 17:46:47 -0500
that would be an accurate statement. i also believe, based on informed reading as well as by observation of actual rates of violence and terrorism— judging the Tree by its Fruits— that it’s an accurate statement that extremist beliefs such as you attribute to ALL of muslims in fact are held by a minority. in any case, i think we’ve proven through our discussion that your initial statements, which you were generalizing to all muslims, or to the essential or “true” definition of islam, do not in fact apply to ALL muslims.
commented 2015-02-28 17:44:40 -0500
We already have rules regarding appropriate dress for court and citizenship swearing-in ceremonies. Newcomers didn’t make those rules and have no right to contest or change them. Either live by them or don’t. If you don’t, then be prepared for the consequences; in this case, having the judge refuse to hear you.
commented 2015-02-28 17:32:55 -0500
Why don’t just say that based on the majority of muslims you have experienced that you think that they would say the the Quran doesn’t teach that non muslims should be forced to believe or be killed.
commented 2015-02-28 17:23:25 -0500
i have no idea. it seems like you’re trying to make some kind of point though.
commented 2015-02-28 17:16:38 -0500
John if we were to hypothetically gather everyone who called themselves muslims on earth in one place, and were to ask them all at once, publicly, to answer a question something to the effect does the Quran teach that non muslims should be forced to believe or be killed, hypothetically how do you think the majority would answer?
commented 2015-02-28 17:04:21 -0500
nope. they do represent some muslims though. funny how they don’t conform to your definition of true islam. weird.
commented 2015-02-28 17:00:33 -0500
So they represent the majority of muslims? What we see going on in other parts of the world is just an aberration?