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.