March 17, 2015

This Conservative MP's niqab comments were harsh -- but true

Marissa SemkiwArchive

Larry Miller, a Conservative backbench MP, made comments yesterday in connection with the ongoing debate about the niqab that have the opposition and media screaming bloody murder.

Listen for yourself what Miller had to say, and make up your own mind.

Yes, his comments are harsh, and they’re direct. In fact, they were a little too harsh and too direct, such that he ultimately released a statement apologizing.

But are we at a point now when we can’t even say, “I don’t think a woman should be allowed to wear a mask while swearing the oath of citizenship?”

Tell us what you think in the comments!


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commented 2015-03-25 15:55:18 -0400
sniff If only more politicians had the cajones that Larry Miller does. Brings a tear to my eye.
This shocker aside, he hit the subject right on the nose.
commented 2015-03-21 22:18:55 -0400
Larry, so un-Canadian of you.
Shouldn’t you have said “stay the hell where you came from . . . please”
commented 2015-03-20 07:49:13 -0400
no apology necessary
commented 2015-03-19 08:21:47 -0400
Whether right or wrong in the minds of the peanut gallery, it’s only Larry Miller and those closest to him who can truly comprehend the reason for his apology. I am quite certain his apology was not in jest.
commented 2015-03-19 08:17:38 -0400
Great job, Marissa. M.P. Miller should not have apologized…..he should be give a medal. Great the hear some genuine sentiment for a change.
commented 2015-03-19 03:35:19 -0400
Very good commentary. It’s why I support The Rebel. I agree with MP Miller’s comments, and disagree with an apology. As usual, the left hit back with name-calling, and no substance. Has anyone pointed out the fact that to go without a niqab, the subject women’s lives are in danger at home? Again, these are the facts the feminists are so very silent about.
commented 2015-03-18 22:43:02 -0400
I agree with brave Mr. Miller. Who can dare take exception to his words, considering the recent murder of Cpl. Cirillo by a former Canadian brainwashed with the false mindset of violence from some muslim who talked him into murder? Who thinks this is about a niqab or women? Who dares argue with a man like Miller, a goverment leader who finally recognizes a pattern of attacking Canadian values and acts to protect it? Canada has peace and it must be protected. Criminal elements that try to attack this peace must be opposed.
commented 2015-03-18 22:16:32 -0400
Great commentary, Marissa.
commented 2015-03-18 19:22:32 -0400
I agree with Mr. Miller. However I would agree with him more if he did not back down. Never back down from telling the truth. Never apologize for telling the truth. My advice to Mr. Miller -“A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows public opinion.” Chinese proverb.
commented 2015-03-18 16:24:27 -0400
The article written by Michael Devolin posted by George Dyer was right on target. If this insulting woman who is brazenly trying to corrupt our Canadian values and laws to eventually allow islamic sharia in Canada, were to be investigated we would probably find that she was not acting alone and was backed by some terrorist backed muslim organizations. She and everyone associated with her needs to be thoroughly investigated. And if this is the case all of these islamic places of terror need to be shut down immediately and deportations started. Even if it isn’t the case those muslim organizations who are backed by terrorists should be shut down anyway as a root cause for inciting hatred and violence against Canada which is treasonous in its very core.
commented 2015-03-18 15:45:16 -0400
No, Mr. Miller should not have apologized. In the audio content he was not rude or demeaning to anyone. I think he should take back his apology. This niqab woman can wear her sheet all she wants at home or at the mosque. Remove it when you are in public or doing something like “taking an oath to be a Canadian Citizen” to show respect to Canada who she has “greatly offended” with this outright rude behaviour. To have allowed this trouble maker to wear her sheet is disgraceful and an embarrassment to all of Canada.
commented 2015-03-18 13:55:05 -0400
“Larry Miller Speaks For Me”
No Apologies!
commented 2015-03-18 13:52:18 -0400
George Dyer – Thank you for posting that article by By Michael Devolin from “Faith Freedom”. It prompted me to give them a donation. We must support groups that are fighting atrocities on our behalf.
commented 2015-03-18 13:46:28 -0400
How come I have to take my hat off to go thru airport security
commented 2015-03-18 12:55:06 -0400
Never apologize for uttering the truth. Should the majority of Canadians agree to subjugation, then the minority will fight for their freedom. Vocalize or Fight. Which do you prefer?
commented 2015-03-18 12:39:11 -0400
Dear Larry,
I’ve just had a look over at Twitter, where the leftist twits are trying to tweet their brains out over you.
They are attempting to criticize you but, for the most part, all they are really doing is calling you names. This is a good sign.
When your opponent’s best shot at offering you a counter argument, in any discussion or debate, is to call you a name, then chances are that you’re onto something valid and true.
Stay strong and free Larry.
Fondest regards,
commented 2015-03-18 11:49:07 -0400
Oh, I do so love that quote about citizenship made by Sir Wilfred Laurier! Thanks, Shane, for finding that and posting it. Perhaps this should be sent to the Liberal Party as “food for thought”! Thanks, Marissa for the great commentary. I stand behind the intent of Larry Miller’s comment!
commented 2015-03-18 11:30:25 -0400
Go back to Denmark, Semkiw. Canadians don’t want people who can’t accept others here.
commented 2015-03-18 11:19:21 -0400
Marissa, well thought out, reasoned and presented. Very useful to use on facebook to try to educate more people.
commented 2015-03-18 10:45:59 -0400
I am a Canadian citizen of colour who came here as an immigrant and have absolutely no problem with what Larry Miller said in any way. You came to this country – you have an obligation to learn about its culture and values before you came here – but you made a free choice to come here. If you don’t like it, go back to where you came from – no-one is holding you back. I think it is disgusting that Miller had to apologize for what he said.
commented 2015-03-18 10:42:48 -0400
Just as I am uncomfortable talking to someone with sunglasses on so am I uncomfortable talking to someone who has half to three quarters of their face covered with a scarf. When I am talking to my children and if they are wearing sunglasses I tell them to remove them. In an ideal world it would be great if people could find it in themselves to be totally transparent both mentally and physically, that in itself would be liberating.

I support the conservative governments position and I share the view that Muslim woman should be prepared to identify themselves when applying for or presenting legal documents in this country.
Apart from that, if they wish to wear their face coverings then so be it, irrespective of the fact that I may be uncomfortable with it.

A lot of folks pay good lip service to the idea of personal freedom until they encounter someone who tries to say or do something they don’t happen to agree with or approve of. In doing so they tread a fine line between their desire for freedom and their distaste for servitude.

Edward L. Hudgins states it well, “Many of our fellow citizens no longer have the tolerant souls and morals of free men and women. They have the souls and morals of busybodies and petty tyrants who want to run their neighbors’ lives.”
commented 2015-03-18 10:34:06 -0400
Okay, so the mainstream media and “Opposition” seem to be okay with allowing a foreigner (she’s not a Canadian citizen YET) to attack our laws. Why doesn’t doesn’t someone “tit for tat”, and ask this (ahem!) “woman” what would happen if somebody from Canada pulled a similar stunt in Pakistan? What would her response be THEN?
commented 2015-03-18 09:31:09 -0400
I see no point in having a parliament in which your speech is so regulated that you can only utter a politically correct statement. How are people to know what it is they are voting for? I think people like Tom Mulchair are really bad news. I do not want to live in a Canada that is the campus of a university writ large complete with speech codes.

Parliamentary privilege was created for a reason and now this former law school dean is nullifying that through demands for apology over virtually every word that elected representatives utter…..I do not believe for one minute that he has the support of the majority of Canadians in doing this.
commented 2015-03-18 09:14:42 -0400
We should start a campaign…“Larry Miller speaks for me”, because he said what most Canadians think. I don’t care if it’s politically correct of if it hurts people’s feelings. If you don’t like how we do things here in Canada, go somewhere else!
commented 2015-03-18 08:53:07 -0400
I like your take on the story Marissa. Everyone should standup for Larry Miller for being honest. It’s a breath of fresh air.
commented 2015-03-18 08:42:48 -0400
I’d bet a hundred bucks that this intolarant woman would be the first to pick up a rock at a stoning.
commented 2015-03-18 08:41:42 -0400
In Handmaids Tale, Atwood wrote of a dystopian world of subjugated women wearing burka-like garb, but in this fairy tale the oppressors were evangelical Christian men. Apparently this feminist liberal icon has no problem with a real world in which Muslim men treat their women like chattel.
commented 2015-03-18 08:25:30 -0400
I have a large scar on my forehead and my passport needs to be updated, should I fight to be able to have my picture done with a ski mask? If I won would I have to wear the ski mask everywhere I travel? I guess if we fingerprinted, eye scan,and DNA recorded, everyone in the country, than a ski mask would be acceptable.
commented 2015-03-18 08:09:40 -0400
IT IS INDEED A SORRY THING THAT MILLER APOLOGIZED. I reiterate, therefore, his views in full. There was no need to apologize to anyone. In fact Zunera Ishaq OWES Canadians an apology for her EFFRONTERY in coming here and using our courts to overrule perfectly sane practices with HER OWN STUBBORN WILL that is OUT OF PLACE in the attitude of anyone presuming to become a citizen of Canada. If Canadians roll over and play dead every time this kind of thing happens we might as well open the gates and let anyone in with their armies and their weapons and let them have a free for all here.

The brilliant entry under George Dyer 10 hours ago said it all. Where Ishaq comes from daily violence over such issues is commonplace full of bloodshed over issues such as hers. So does the left know this? Are they welcoming this kind of daily fare because that is what is happening here?

As Michael Devolin said: Harpers “intention to appeal Judge Keith Boswell’s injudicious decision in favour of the selfish, religious demands of Zunera Ishaq exposes Prime Minister Stephen Harper as a leader who cherishes his country more than his political career. Out of the blue, as peculiar as ever, on the world’s stage where strong leadership is become mere pretension, we have a statesman who wants more than anything else to protect his citizens from a bleak future already become a worrisome reality for much of Europe and the Middle East.”

I am proud of my Prime Minister! I am proud of Larry Miller (before he apologized). I am proud that the niqab is considered accurately by them as a weapon of suppression and not a piece of clothing. And I repeat, if you want to be a Canadian better rethink the niqab and burn it. It has NO PLACE in a free country. Women of Islam, it is time to wake up and smell the coffee. You are equal to men in Canada. We welcome you and give you liberty. Don’t use it to end ours or we will have to fight against you.