Fighting Islamic terror causes (more) Â Islamic terror, opposing the freedom sack radicalizes Muslims, rejecting misogyny and polygamy is ‘prejudice’, the niqab is NOT a security thread, – in short; up is down and right is wrong, the veil is liberation, freedom is slavery, and so on…… Siddiqui makes your head spin, but that’s the name of his game.
Siddiqui: “Banning veil undermines secular democracy”
Rather than enhancing secular democracy, a ban on the veil, or niqab, diminishes it. Instead of curbing “Islamic fundamentalism,” it fans it. Far from advancing the integration of veil wearers into the mainstream, it marginalizes them even more.
We end up with the opposite of what we want. That’s what overkill does.
We’ve learned that lesson in the war on terrorism, but we have yet to in the cultural war on Muslims, which is what niqab banning is all about, notwithstanding the phony rationalizations in France and, sadly, Quebec as well.
The decision by the French parliament to proscribe the niqab/burqa from all public spaces, even streets and markets, goes farther than the Quebec law introduced in March.
The latter bans those wearing the niqab from working for, or receiving services from, government. It denies these taxpayers all schooling, including French language instruction, and non-emergency health care, including regular checkups. But it does not bar them from wearing their face covering.
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Yet there’s nothing redeeming about either law, or those contemplated in Belgium and Spain. They are anchored in prejudice â€” and on shaky legal foundations.
As Daniel Garrigue, the lone dissenter in the 335-1 French vote, said: “To fight an extremist behaviour, we risk slipping towards a totalitarian society.”
If we allow the filth of Islam to spread in our lands we will end up in a Taliban society. You still have a choice!
That’s precisely what the 2007-08 Quebec commission onÂ reasonable accommodation said: “The desire for sameness is authoritarian.”
Yet here we are with overwhelming majorities in Europe and even Canada baying for bans on the niqab/burqa. This is not a populace confidently asserting a well-established secular value. Rather it is majorities feeling rattled by a minority, indeed a tiny minority within the Muslim minority.
There are 367 niqabis among France’s 5 million Muslims, according to the state intelligence service; two dozen among Belgium’s 250,000 Muslims, and two dozen among Quebec’s 150,000 Muslims. Hounding them is in the same league as the Swiss banning non-existent minarets, there being only four in a nation of 350,000 Muslims.
The niqab is not a security threat. There are no known cases, in France or Quebec, of niqabi women refusing to lift their veils for immigration inspections or to be photographed for a passport, a driver’s license or a health card.
The odd case of a bank robber using the niqab is cited. But far more use the balaclava. Why not ban it?
It is said the niqab is not a religious requirement. The Bible does not tell Christians to wear the cross, either. As the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled, it is not up to the state but rather individuals to interpret their religion.
The niqab is widely seen as an instrument of oppression. As French legislator Berengere Poletti put it, women in such garb “must be liberated.”
This is based on a series of conjectures: that all Muslim women are oppressed; therefore, Muslim women in the West must be as well; and they are all incapable of independent judgment.
There’s no evidence to back up any of that. Indeed, the evidence points to the contrary.
This is not to deny the many horrors inflicted on Muslim women, as also women of many other faiths. It is only to assert that the opposite assumption â€” that all or nearly all are oppressed â€” is silly, patronizing or dishonest.
As Barack Obama has said, “we cannot disguise hostility towards any religion behind the pretense of liberalism.”
The niqab is seen as an import by immigrants. But most wearers were born or brought up in the West or are converts from Christianity overly assertive of their new identity.
Aware of all this and also the danger of running afoul of our own laws on freedom of religion and other human rights, French and Quebec authorities have taken to the sophistry of elevating the showing of the face to a moral, social and legal requirement, applied selectively (thus the exceptions in the French law for masks for health reasons, for fencing, carnivals and festivals).
“If a woman has a duty to show her face in public, it must be because someone else has the right to see her face. I know of no such right,” saysÂ Ronald Sokol, the French lawyer who defended a hijabi woman denied citizenship.
The hysteria around the niqab is the inevitable outcome of the post-9/11 politics of fear that we have allowed ourselves be whipped into. We need to rediscover our confidence in the strength of democracy to accommodate differences, rather than let demagogues destroy it.
More on Haroon Siddiqui
Kathy Shaidle, in a letter to Toronto Star columnist Haroon Siddiqui:
The difference between what the Nazis said about the Jews and what people today are saying about radical Muslims is true….
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Jihad Watch Board Vice President Hugh Fitzgerald discusses the idea, beingÂ pooh-poohed everywhere today, that some Muslims want to dominate the world:
scaramouche saved this one:
Haroon Siddiqui, a man who’s squandered more column inches than practically any other in a fruitless attempt to justify politcal Isam, has been having a hard time of it lately. The faithful have gone squirrely, burning down embassies and blowing up the third –or is it the fifth or sixth? (I’ve lost track) holiest site in Shia Islam–and Haroon has been doing some furious backpeddling in an effort to explain such outrageous behaviour.
It can’t be the fault of faulty doctrine, including the call to externalize the internal struggle in order to extend the sway of the one true faith: Let’s stifle that notion before it has a chance to draw a breath. Nope, if the Muslim world is largely a backwater of seething hatreds and internecine squabbles, it’s not because of them; or at least, it’s notÂ only because of them.Â Â In large part, it’s because of us and because we’ve had a hand in making them what they are today–angry, hostile, frustrated, abject.
Meanwhile, in Pakistan:
Hundreds of Muslim men staged a protest in Karachi, Pakistan on Sunday against a ban approved by France’s lower house of parliament on wearing burqa-style Islamic veils.