September 11, 2017

Under fire for wearing MAGA hat in the courtroom: Would same apply to niqab-clad judge?

David MenziesMission Specialist
 

Ontario Justice Bernd Zabel is facing a disciplinary hearing for wearing a red MAGA hat in a Hamilton courtroom a day prior to the American election. 

His fashion choice didn’t go over well so after more than 80 people filed complaints, the 69-year-old judge, who said he wore the hat as a “joke”, not to make a political statement, stands accused of what constitutes judicial misconduct.

The disciplinary panel must now decide what penalty, if any, to impose – which might even include permanently removing Zabel from the bench.

This begs the question: If politicized headwear is now a judicial no-no in the courtrooms of our great Dominion, then in the department of quid pro quo, surely the time has come to ban the niqab and burqa in Canadian courtrooms too.

After all, what is the burqa or the niqab if not a fashion statement in support of political Islam?

Watch as I make my case and explain why there would be no justification for Muslim women wearing such attire should one of them rise up through the ranks to become a full-fledged judge.

Perhaps the time has come for the rest of Canada to adopt Quebec’s Bill 62 which calls for a “duty of religious neutrality on the part of all public servants”, and is now working its way through committee.

Considering how political Islam views women, homosexuals and infidels, how do you imagine a gay atheist might feel dealing with a public servant wearing a burqa or niqab?

I don’t think he or she would feel comfortable at all.

So if electioneering hats are off the table, when will our elected officials across Canada make the same pronouncement regarding niqabs and burqas?

Probably never, because when it comes to appeasing the Islamist contingent, the double-standard rules supreme vis-a-vis unreasonable accommodation.

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commented 2017-09-12 15:34:49 -0400
I see East Indian police officers wearing turbans, RCMP officers wearing god knows what, and people in the legal system wearing face coverings. And of course the snowflakes and Twinkies think and say it’s OK

A judge wears a baseball hat with a patriotic slogan on it and all the snowflakes and Twinkies lose their minds.

Does anyone else see dual standards?
commented 2017-09-12 08:15:29 -0400
What if he wore a ‘Save the CBC’ hat. Would there be an uproar?

Freedom of expression and opinion. He can wear whatever hat he wants.
commented 2017-09-11 21:48:04 -0400
TAMMIE….The SCoC was sickening and the thought that in our “liberal democracy” we would allow one segment of society to be able to obtain documents or appear in court as a defendant while concealing their identity. How Tredeauesque! Welcome to Europe, welcome Islam….wake up Canada.

ROBERT….I would be anxious to hear Mara Lowe’s answer to you’re question.
commented 2017-09-11 21:09:26 -0400
I have to wonder about a judge who wants to “joke” in the court room – I wonder if he will give out joke sentences or views the process or law as a joke also. It is incumbent upon the judiciary to act in a responsible judicial manner to instill some semblance of respect for the law and the court from the people.

IMHO the Judiciary is already under wide public cynicism without some jackass pranking like bad sitcoms like night court.
commented 2017-09-11 21:09:24 -0400
I have to wonder about a judge who wants to “joke” in the court room – I wonder if he will give out joke sentences or views the process or law as a joke also. It is incumbent upon the judiciary to act in a responsible judicial manner to instill some semblance of respect for the law and the court from the people.

IMHO the Judiciary is already under wide public cynicism without some jackass pranking like bad sitcoms like night court.
commented 2017-09-11 20:53:58 -0400
Which joke was worse Mara Lowe..The liberalic hollywood wingnut that held up a fake severed head of the President of the United States of America…Or the Judge?
commented 2017-09-11 20:13:07 -0400
I just laugh at them. Tell them they look stupid. Just my opinion and education, Islam is a lie
commented 2017-09-11 19:24:24 -0400
The judge wasn’t making a political statement, only a joke, yet making a joke out of a Trump hat is not a making a political statement?
commented 2017-09-11 18:28:51 -0400
In a Canadian Court of Law, a Muslim should only be permitted to hold one Position, that of the accused. Muslims only believe in the Law of the demented, called Sharia.
commented 2017-09-11 17:49:39 -0400
I am at least as concerned about Muslim DEFENDANTS wearing their veils during trials!

To take just one example, the Muslim woman that started flailing at customers in a Canadian Tire store in Toronto is shown wearing headcoverings in the drawings of her court appearances. Just how is any witness supposed to make a positive identification of her in a trial if she is covering her face? If she is allowed to obscure her face during a trial in which she is the defendant, she is effectively being given a “get out of jail free” card. If no one can positive identify her because she is allowed to what amounts to a mask, then no one can convict her either because reasonable doubt remains that she is the one that assaulted people in that store. This is PROFOUNDLY wrong and must be stopped.
commented 2017-09-11 17:06:46 -0400
I don’t think the judge should be removed from the bench; his joke actually contravened courtroom etiquette. Witnesses are regularly instructed not to wear a hat to court; and if they arrive in one, they like observers & jurists are instructed to to take them off.

I do agree that niqab’s and burka’s have no place in the courtroom or the public service. I also strongly disagreed with the SCoC’s ruling allowing immigrants to take their citizenship oath behind a veil. We are not an Islamic state.

Great suggestion Robert Greely!
commented 2017-09-11 16:21:18 -0400
Here is a suggestion…Public Courtrooms are open to the Public correct? Have a whole bunch of Law abiding Citizens wearing MAGA Hats and just roam around the Courtroom halls wearing them. When Court is in session..Watch the proceedings with the hat in your hand over your heart.
commented 2017-09-11 15:11:54 -0400
Since 9/11 – IN THE NAME OF ISLAM (SATAN): 34,018 Attacks, 219,277 Killed, 300,372 Injured that we know of

“Christians are the worst part of Canadian Society”, Justin Trudeau, Debate Post, March 28, 2017