Canada gets it right with veil rules

By Ezra Levant/thanks to the Religion of Peace

Canada’s new rules forbidding women from wearing Muslim veils while being sworn in as citizens is such an obvious amendment that not even the opposition parties can muster their disapproval. Certainly not the far-left NDP.

There are few special interest groups that the NDP wouldn’t favour over our own Canadian culture. But today’s NDP is first and foremost a populist party of Quebec. And that is the province most frustrated with the ever-expanding definition of “reasonable accommodation.”

It is not reasonable accommodation to obliterate the personal identity of a woman and to blur the separation of mosque and state. Our liberal democracy permits people to dress as they please, but let that be in their private lives.

An oath of loyalty to our country and our Queen is not a private act that may be done behind a mask. It is a public promise, a vow that must be made for all to see — including the citizenship judge himself. Even Parliament’s Shiny Pony, Justin Trudeau, knew enough to keep his mouth shut.

Trudeau learned that lesson when he denounced Jason Kenney’s last move against radical Islam, a citizenship pamphlet calling honour killings “barbaric.” Even a fool can learn, and so Trudeau kept silent yesterday.

There are sputterers out there, of course, hinting that Kenney, the minister of Citizenship and Immigration, has dark motivations of Islamophobia. Such innuendo cannot be taken seriously when leveled at the same minister who has brought annual immigration numbers to record highs, and who in the course of his business attends mosques more frequently than most Muslims do.

No, Kenney is not an attacker of Islam, but a connoisseur of Islam — literally, one who knows it.

Kenney knows the difference between the religion itself and a barbaric medieval cultural custom which has muscled itself into modern life through the threats of extremist imams, usually in the pay of Saudi Arabia.

A survey of Muslim women in Paris suburbs found that three-quarters of them wear their masks out of fear — including fear of violence.

It is not an unreasonable fear, as more than a dozen Canadian victims of so-called honour killings have learned. The prosecution of the recent quadruple homicide in Kingston — three Muslim sisters and their step-mother — suggests that the evil that demands women not show their face to strangers is a close cousin to the evil that kills those same women for doing so.

Make note of those who object to Kenney. This will be an informative moment. Make note of the Muslim clerics who object — mark them as un-Canadian, who fail to understand that there are some non-negotiables in Canada, the equality of men and women being one.

Make note of so-called feminists who decry this decision. Don’t laugh — there are some. There’s an old, government-funded group of feminists called LEAF who right now are at our Supreme Court arguing for Muslim women to have the right to testify in court with their faces obscured by veils. That’s the new ideal of women’s liberation for LEAF — women in a cage.

Here’s one of them:

Make note of those in the media who tut-tut this as intolerance. Nine out of ten of them mock any Christian who dares utter the gentlest peep about his religion in the public square.

Their new support for Islamic medievalism isn’t tolerance — it’s a proxy for their own anti-Canadian, anti-Christian intolerance. Canada became a bit more free yesterday and Muslim women were the big winners.

Tarek Fatah is remarkably on the beat with this one, and its printed in the PuffHo, so that should get some attention:

Burka Ban Triggers Feminist-Islamist Hysteria

The banning of the burka and niqab in Canada’s citizenship courts has elicited some bizarre and hysterical reaction from Islamists, their leftist allies, and the liberal media.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s words had barely echoed across the country when the usual apologists of the Muslim Brotherhood agenda in Canada were churning out press releases denouncing the minister. The liberal media joined in with the Toronto Star falling just short of labelling Minister Kenney a bigot, referring to his action as “bigotry.”

However, the Toronto Star‘s hysteria was mild compared to the reaction of a prominent Calgary cleric and a feminist academic from Kingston. First the cleric. Imam Syed Soharwardy is better known as the man who locked horns with then-publisher of the Western Standard Ezra Levant, and lost.

Reacting to Minister Kenney’s announcement, Imam Soharwardy, who leads the grandiose-sounding Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, implied the minister was an Islamophobe and likened his action to that of the Nazi treatment of Jews in Germany. CTV News reported him as saying:

Muslims are going through that situation right now that the Jews faced before the Holocaust. Because intimidation of their faith, bad mouthing of their faith, bad mouthing about their book, bad mouthing about their beliefs. That was going on in Germany before the Holocaust, same thing is happening now about Muslims. So this is absolutely an alarming situation that a few Islamophobes are winning.

Soharwardy’s outlandish statement drew a quick rebuke from the Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. CEO Avi Benlolo, expressing “outrage,” said in a statement:

Soharwardy has debased the memory of six million slaughtered Jews with a facile comparison to a new rule with which he, but not all Muslims, disagrees. To draw a parallel between a government decision requiring new immigrants to respect a basic value of this country – a decision supported by many Muslims, including the Muslim Canadian Congress, and the horrific experiences of European Jewry at the hands of the Nazis, demonstrates a complete insensitivity to and total lack of comprehension of the genocidal intent of Hitler’s Final Solution. Sadly, the Canadian media seems to have given him a pass instead of confronting these outrageous statements.

If Imam Soharwardy invoked the Holocaust to denounce Minister Kenney, feminist professor Bev Baines, of Queen’s University, was not far behind when she accused Kenney of “undressing” Muslim women to deny them citizenship of Canada.

Appearing on the SUN News Network’s show Byline, Baines defended wearing the burka or niqab as an act of feminism. She told host Brian Lilley, “Minister Kenney wants to undress them.” As a visibly shocked Lilley repeated her words, Baines reiterated her position, saying, “Absolutely. When you take off their niqab, you undress them.”

Listening to this feminist defence of the burqa and niqab simply floored me. Was this the same Baines who had once warned that the intrusion of religion in public policy would dilute gender equality?

Back in 2006, in a research paper titled “Equality’s Nemesis?” that appeared in the Journal of Law and Equality, the same professor who was defending the Islamist niqab had warned against what she referred to as the “threat” religions would pose for “women’s equality rights.”

An extract of her paper, available on the Internet, says:

The feminists who fought to strengthen the guarantee of sex equality in section 15(1) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms never suggested that the state was the only threat to women’s equality. We were concerned that the multiculturalism provision might be interpreted to limit women’s equality and this concern led us to lobby for the second sex equality provision that ultimately became section 28. However, I don’t think we fully grasped the threat that the major religions – Christianity, Islam and Judaism – would pose for women’s equality rights.

How can an Imam who only last week was celebrating Hanukkah with a Rabbi show such insensitivity towards the Jews? How could a feminist who only recently warned of the threat religious law posed to women’s equality, support the niqab?

It seems we are living in an era of mediocrity where the merging of leftist and Islamist narrative has numbed our ability to see the obvious contradictions this unholy alliance poses to our civilization. How long will this era continue? Will Minister Kenney find allies from across the political divide?

One day I hope to see the Liberals and New Democrats join the Conservatives to say out loudly that they find the niqab to be a medieval monstrosity that is a manifestation of misogyny that has no place in Canada and that this ghastly attire is not a religious requirement, but a political statement thumbing its nose at Canada and its Western allies. Quebec has produced such cross-political consensus against the burka and niqab. Will Canada?