ISN’T FREE SPEECH GRAND?

SO I WONDER HOW LONG IT WILL BE BEFORE THE THREATS START POURING IN FOR THIS WOMAN DARING TO GIVE AN OPINION THAT FLIES IN THE FACE OF ISLAM? I’M WAITING FOR SOME SLOBBERING, VIOLENT MUSLIM TO DECIDE SHE’S AN APOSTATE, AND EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT THAT GETS A BAD MUSLIMA…

Ban face coverings

BY SALMA SIDDIQUI, OTTAWA CITIZEN DECEMBER 14, 2011

Re: Niqab nonsense, Dec. 13.

Minister Jason Kenney’s decision to have new Canadians show their faces while taking the oath of citizenship is a statement in favour of civility and Canadian values.

Canadian citizenship should not be about obtaining a passport of convenience, it should entail an affirmation of Canada’s proud commitment to openness and to social cohesion. Canadian citizenship is about sharing in the responsibilities and duties of upholding Canada’s values of pluralism and openness.

For too long we have pandered to those who seek to have access to the rights of Canadians while segregating themselves from the community’s values at large.

Those who favour of the burka or niqab couch their arguments in the rhetoric of religious freedom. These face coverings are political symbols of Saudi-inspired Islamic extremism, and rooted in the cultural rather than religious practices. The Koran has no requirement for Muslim women to cover their faces. Invoking religious freedom to conceal one’s identity and promote a political ideology is disingenuous, exclusionist and, frankly, a security hazard. As a Canadian, I expect to be able to interact with my fellow Canadians in a transparent and open manner.

In October 2009, the late Sheikh Mohamed Tantawi, dean of al-Azhar University, banned the face coverings from the grounds on the university arguing that the niqab is not an Islamic practice. For more than 1,400 years, women praying in Mecca (alongside men) at what every Muslim believes to be the House of God, have been explicitly prohibited from covering their faces.

Canadians are incredibly tolerant of contrarian views and the cultural practices and faiths of new comers. Yet it is incumbent upon us to ensure that people joining our community subscribe to our values. While the rest of the world is moving toward the goal of gender equality, right here in Canada Islamists bent on are pushing back the clock, convincing educated Muslim women that they are a source of sin if they reveal their faces in public. The minister didn’t go far enough – he should ban the wearing of face coverings in public places, thereby permanently ending the debate on the niqab in Canada.

Salma Siddiqui, Ottawa Past President, Muslim Canadian Congress Vice President, Circle of Canadians

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7 thoughts on “ISN’T FREE SPEECH GRAND?

  1. If these women want these Islamic men to control you with your faces covered than I suggest Canada must send them all back to wherever those Islamic countries want women to cover their faces and dominate and control theirs lives. If those women like to be a subject to Islamic men than they are insecure in themselves. I feel sorry for you women that permit others to make you feel like half a Human because that is exactly what these Islamic men are doing to you.

  2. Kenney has taken a baby step but more has to be done. No one should be allowed to conceal their identity in public. If I can’t wear a balaclava into a store or bank these women in shrouds shoudn’t be allowed in either.

    If it’s that important to them, they can wear them at home but NOT in public or stay in their islamic countries.

    No slave sack in public and if they took a vote I’ll bet more than 80% of the country would be against them.
    Write to your MP and Jason Kenney please. I have.

  3. Yes, free speech is grand but we must practice, practice, practice.
    How is it acceptable to Canadians that women can be segregated and treated like second class citizens in this day and age. Compare this to Attawapiskat. Women, segregated from society, uneducated, abused, threatened, ignored by authorities, nowhere to go for help. What a bleek existence they must live. Cultural (and religious) traditions must be examined and (reexamined every generation) for their contributions to society. What are the roots of this tradition? What are the benefits? What are the real motivations? It all to frequently comes down to men protecting their “property”. Women must refuse to be “property”. And if it takes the law to aid these “meek and abused” women, then so be it. Baby steps.
    Keep up the good fight Salma.

  4. Michelle, a lot of it has to do with our attitude as well concerning these newly arrived women..It’s a disgrace for any Canadian woman to defend these women being covered and herded under the guise of “cultural tolerance”. That same “tolerance” is why the women of Attawapiskat fare about the same..All this cultural pandering is keeping them perpetually enslaved..

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