Filtered By - Niqab
The social right to see each other’s faces
Tuesday October 13th, 2015
My 10-year old granddaughter is an empathic child, easily distressed by tales of human or animal suffering. Yet in her chosen Hallowe’en costume she will appear to be carrying her head and a “blood”-stained plastic meat cleaver after having been decapitated. I don’t see her as a future recruit to ISIL, though. One needn’t be a psychiatrist to understan...
Ten reasons to ban the niqab — in the public service
Wednesday September 30th, 2015
Libertarians are committed to the principle that every individual has the right to live his life as he pleases, as long as he does no harm to others. But the meaning of “harm” isn’t always as identifiable as a physical assault or “fire” shouted in a crowded theatre. Nor is the phrase “to others.” Add up enough “others” and you have a ...
Niqab – Federal Government not going far enough
Thursday September 17th, 2015
On Sept 15 the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed the federal government’s appeal of an earlier Federal Court ruling declaring the ban on face coverings during citizenship ceremonies unlawful. In response, the Conservatives have declared they will take the matter to the Supreme Court, meanwhile vowing to re-introduce the niqab ban within 100 days of re-election. ...
Harper should have gone further in niqab criticism
Wednesday March 25th, 2015
In 2007 I attended a Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC) fundraiser. The keynote speaker was controversial journalist Yvonne Ridley, a British convert to an aggressive form of Islam who is an open advocate for terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah. She publicly sympathized with Shamil Basayev, the Chechen mastermind of the 2002 Moscow theatre hostage disaster and the 2004 Beslan school ...
Zunera Ishaq does a disservice to women forced to wear the veil
Tuesday February 17th, 2015
Zunera Ishaq, the Pakistani woman who won’t back down on her right to wear the niqab in her citizenship ceremony, is proving to be a feisty spokesperson for her side of the debate. In an interview with the National Post, she has framed herself as someone merely wishing to follow her faith, and depicts the government’s position forbidding face cover during the swearing-in part...
Quebec’s face-cover Bill is not a return to the ‘Values’ war
Wednesday January 14th, 2015
It was with a great sigh of relief that all right-thinking Quebecers saw the PQ crash and burn in last spring’s election. The authors of their own defeat, the PQ’s primary strategy had been, via a “values” charter, to stir up animosity, in the name of nationalism, towards members of religious groups that demonstrated love of their faith through visible access...
Chinese signs, native ‘medicine,’ niqabbed women — a busy week on the multicultural front
Wednesday October 22nd, 2014
On the multiculturalist front, there was no dearth of news and opinionating this week. One news item deserves mention simply because the attached opinion was so breathtakingly wrong, a product of the extreme political correctness that inhibits rational thought where aboriginal culture is concerned (and justly condemned as such in the National Post’s Monday editorial). ...
There is a reason the niqab covers the mouth
Friday April 4th, 2014
I was pleased to read the April 2 op-ed by Zainab Bint Younus in the National Post, “Don’t speak for Muslim women. Speak to us,” written in response to a preceding column by Jonathan Kay, in which he described his psychological discomfort with the niqab. To clarify, I wasn’t pleased to read Ms Younus’ op ed because I approve of the niqab – on the...
National character on parade
Thursday September 19th, 2013
National character was on full display this week in Britain and France on the issue of self-presentation of women in public. In England Judge Peter Murphy ruled that a Muslim woman defendant could wear her full niqab with face veil in court during her trial, but that she must remove it while giving evidence. The compromise seemed to many observers to be rooted in the sense of pragmatism ...
Niqab ruling opens the door for Ottawa to act
Thursday December 20th, 2012
The Supreme Court of Canada has rendered its decision on what has come to be known as “the niqab case,” which pitted against each other the Charter right to freedom of religion and the right of an accused to a fair trial. The case centred on whether a Muslim woman, “N.S.,” who has charged her uncle and cousin with sexual assault in her 1980s childhood, had the right t...
Burka bans are about fear, not religion
Wednesday July 25th, 2012
Not for the first time, I must take issue with my colleague Chris Selley’s occluded interpretation of why burka-haters get “pretty crazy about that issue,” as he says in his latest commentary, “Message in a bottle.” Selley was commenting on a stunt pulled by Sun TV’s David “The Menzoid” Menzies, in which a 14-year old boy was filmed success...
New niqab law puts Canadian values first
Wednesday December 14th, 2011
As part of a wider circle of reforms in his department, Citizenship and Immigration minister Jason Kenney has announced a regulation requiring Muslim women who observe the custom of wearing the niqab to remove it before taking the oath of citizenship, the final step in becoming fully Canadian. According to the new rule, the judge must see her face as she takes the oath, but she c...
Apartheid of the niqab
Thursday October 14th, 2010
Barbara Kay, National Post · Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010 In April, Belgium became the first Western country to ban face cover in public. France, which has for years banned all religious veiling in its schools, followed suit. Last spring, police in Italy used a 1975 law prohibiting public face cover to fine a niqab-clad woman. A conservative backbencher has ca...
Show us your face
Wednesday August 4th, 2010
In its Aug. 2 round-up of “Good News” and “Bad News,” Maclean’s magazine included under “Bad News” the Syrian government’s decision to ban niqabs and burkas on university campuses. Macleans said the ban “infringe[s] on the grounds of individual freedoms.” But their reasoning was spurious: “Head coverings don’t t...
Why Quebec is banning the burka
Wednesday May 19th, 2010
Whether they admit it or not, virtually all Westerners hate the niqab and burka for the anti-democratic ideology and misogynistic gender relations they signify. Many are increasingly willing to say so. Why does political correctness fall away when it comes to the niqab? Because other Islamist inroads, like shariah banking, happen offstage, so to speak. They are not "seen"...
Quebec Says ‘Non’ to the Niqab
Thursday May 13th, 2010
Whether they admit it or not, virtually all Westerners hate the niqab and burqa for the anti-democratic ideology and misogynistic gender relations they signify. Many are increasingly willing to say so. Why does political correctness fall away when it comes to the niqab? Because other Islamist inroads, like Sharia banking, happen offstage, so to speak. They are not “seen” by t...
Not 'worn,' but 'borne'
Friday March 26th, 2010
means, "Hats off to you, Quebec." With the announcement of Bill 94, barring the niqab in publicly funded spaces, Quebec has dared to tread where the other provinces, feet bolted to the floor in politically correct anguish, cannot bring themselves to go. The new bill will proscribe face cover by anyone employed by the state, or anyone receiving services from the state. Th...
The West Must Ban the Burqa and Nix the Niqab
Tuesday December 29th, 2009
The French are enjoying a debate about their cultural identity. Obviously the word “enjoying” is a euphemism, since the focus of the debate, whether or not to ban the burqa — full female coverage with an eye screen — in public, has riven the population of France, and by no means along the obvious fault line of Muslim vs. non-Muslim. Algerian-born Fadela Amara, ...
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