Top Menu

Should Canada ban Islamic face veils?

I hope more and more women protest for their freedom of religion. Has anyone thought that maybe it isn’t face veils that are oppressive but the laws themselves that try to restrain people from practicing their religious beliefs?

On the heels of the French ban it looks like Canada may follow suit.  The piece below unfortunately cites the Muslim Canadian Congress, an organization founded by the loon Tarek Fateh, which has near no credibility amongst Canadian Muslims.

Should Canada ban Islamic face veils?

by: Wency Leung

France’s ban on Islamic face veils came into force today, and already, at least two veiled women have reportedly been detained for protesting the new law.

The ban, which carries a fine of 150 euros ($207), has reignited the debate over where to draw the line between protecting a nation’s values and ensuring individuals’ freedom of expression.

Those supporting the ban say the veils oppress women and don’t fall in line with the country’s values of gender equality. Under France’s new law, anyone who forces women to wear a veil can face up to a year in prison and a fine 30,000 of euros.

But others, including some women who wear the veils themselves, believe the ban infringes on their freedom of religion and smacks of anti-Islamic sentiment.

In Canada, calls to introduce a similar ban have also prompted heated debate. For years, the Muslim Canadian Congress has urged for an end to the practice of wearing face-concealing niqabs and burkas, arguing the veils aren’t required under Islam, but are rather symbols of religious extremism and misogyny.

Canadian women who say they choose to wear the veils, however, argue that far from oppressing them, the face coverings guard their modesty.

Here, as in France, those who actually wear the veils are few.

Should Canada consider following France’s lead? Or would doing so put unfair restrictions on a minority?

, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

  • Peter Acherchouk

    Canada shouldn’t be afraid to increase their national pride just because some minorities will protest. yes they should ban it. hijab? perfectly acceptable as a symbol of Islamic society and in some cases i could even endorse it. But The burka and niquab however are confrontational, its a veil between Islamic women and society, they cant be treated as equals, and the choice to wear it cant be considered their own when it has been pressured into them since birth.

  • Zakariya Ali Sher

    Oui. 😀

  • 1DrM

    Can you idiots make real arguments for a change? Expecting logic and fair play from western supremacists is like drinking water from a mirage.

  • 1DrM

    Troll alert. Insecure much, loser?

  • MichaelElwood

    “How do you know what she said was true? It’s the internet.”

    Because they can’t put anything on the internet that isn’t true:

  • Zakariya Ali Sher


  • Zakariya Ali Sher

    Worth pointing out, they always conflate “Muslim” with everyone else from the Middle East and South Asia, including Hindus and Sikhs, as well as sometimes lumping everyone from Africa, Asia and even Eastern Europe together. Western immigrants are treated differently; so much so that there’s not even an assumption that white people are born anywhere other than Canada or the US. This goes hand in hand with the idea that all white people automatically share the same culture and values; they seem to freak out when confronted with white Muslims born and raised in America.

    Of course, the whole argument about “Muslim rape gangs” and “no go” areas is a favoured tactic of the Islamophobes. The fact that they can’t point out any confirmed incident of this would seem to disprove them. If there are “Muslim controlled” parts of London or Paris or Malmö or Detroit or wherever where the police are afraid to go, then why not name the neighbourhoods or give geographic coordinates? If these places exist, then why has nobody documented them? Journalists have gone into worse places and come back alive. But then, the Islamophobes love their myths so I doubt we’ll see the end of this any time soon.

  • Zakariya Ali Sher

    Long live Louis Riel!

  • Zakariya Ali Sher

    Really? Dressing differently than you is a ‘threat to Canadian freedom and culture.’ So you are basically saying that women only have the freedom to dress in a manner which you approve of? I suppose by that same token women can’t wear áo dài, cheongsam, salwar kameez, gagra choli or kanga either, right? And you don’t want us celebrating Eid, Diwali, Nowruz or Tết, or teaching our children Somali, Panjabi, Khmer, Turkish, Hausa or Filipino at home either?

  • Zakariya Ali Sher

    That’s a typical comment from a racist white trash bigot. See how it feels?

  • Zakariya Ali Sher

    How do you know what she said was true? It’s the internet. People can make up anything they want and pass it off as truth. I could tell you that I’m a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, and you wouldn’t have any way to prove it (or disprove it). What I CAN say is that it sounds pretty improbable, and that it was rather hateful besides. Why should I have to wear Western clothing?

    Hell, what is “Western clothing” anyway? Could I walk around in a kilt? Or toga? Or leather pants? Can I dress like Kid Rock or Elvis or Liberace?

Powered by Loon Watchers