What Threat Do Niqabs Pose To Canadian Values?

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In what we’re calling the most what the f*ck development of the Canadian Federal Election, the Conservative Party of Canada drew to a close second in the polls thanks to Stephen Harper’s commitment to banning the niqab. 

Last week, at the French-language debate, Harper said that he would never tell his daughter a woman has to cover her face because she’s a woman, building on previous comments from the PM that wearing the face veil at a ceremony to become a part of this country doesn’t reflect Canadian values.

Wearing the face veil at a ceremony to become a part of this country doesn’t reflect Canadian values. Hmmmm….

For this, we need to brush up on what Canadian values are.

Having spent 17 unmemorable years growing up in the nation’s capital, I consider myself an authority on Canadian values. And with that authority, I would summarize Canadian values as taught by the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board:

  1. Freedom
  2. Respect for cultural differences
  3. Respect for justice
  4. Wear a toque if it’s below 0.

Is wearing a niqab in violation of freedom? No. It’s an expression of religious freedom, no matter how zany it might seem to the Judaeo-Christian masses. Banning them, you could argue, is a hindering of one’s religious freedom.

Is wearing a niqab in violation of respecting cultural differences? No. It’s an expression of Canada’s cultural differences, no matter how zany it might seem to the Judaeo-Christian masses. Banning them, you could argue, is Canada saying, “We’re a multi-cultural nation, just no muslims.”

Is wearing a niqab in violation of respecting the justice system? No. It’s a respect for the wearer’s interpretation of divine law, which tends to supersedes the authority of actual law for the religious, no matter how zany it might seem to the Judaeo-Christian masses. Banning them, as found by a Federal Appeals Court, is unconstitutional. You could argue that appealing that ruling to the Supreme Court shows little respect for the justice system.

Is wearing a niqab in violation of wearing a toque if it’s below 0? No. I’m sure they could pop it on if it’s really chilly but then again, their heads are already covered so maybe they don’t need to wear a toque.

Congratulations, Canada. You got duped into revealing you are as Islamophobic as the rest of the world while patting yourself on the back for being so GD multi-cultural and morally superior to the rest of the world. Niqabs pose no threat to Canadian values. Banning them, however, does. 

If you still want to vote for Stephen Harper because he’s the only one committed to appealing the ruling to the Supreme Court, fine. But compromise with me on this: you need to come up with a new set of “Canadian values” because you can’t violate every single one of them and continue to boast about how free, multi-cultural, just and pro-hat your nation is. 


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