It’s almost as if there are parallel universes in Canada right now. The politicians and opinion leaders defending the wearing of the niqab during citizenship oath ceremonies are unaware of — or are ignoring — some of the most damning arguments against this extremist garb.
They’re afflicted with the niqab delusion. Don’t let them get away with it. It’s time for a little truth telling.
The oddest argument is that “this is playing the race card,” as NDP Leader Tom Mulcair told me in an interview Thursday. Islam is not a race. It’s a religion.
There are large populations of Muslims from various races. It’s the person making such an accusation who’s playing the race card, not the critic of the niqab.