Opinion: “The real reason some Canadians are uneasy about niqabs”

And that, I think, is what those Canadians who don’t like the niqab don’t like — our sinking sense that it’s an old-world misogynist tool, meant to keep women and girls in line, and that it more times than not isn’t the choice of a free-thinking young Muslim woman, but rather a choice that has been imposed upon her.

I don’t want the damn thing banned. I’d rather imagine that Muslim women fleeing repression could find help from the Canadian institutions and social services that are meant to help them. I’d like to think that when the woman whose husband threw a fit at the citizenship ceremony this summer went home, he didn’t whack her around and that if he did, she told him to blow it out his backside and went somewhere safe.

But then I remember: When Zainab fled to a shelter, when Sahar and Geeti told officials at their school they were afraid and had no freedom, and when child-welfare was called in, their parents wept and raged about their rights and lied through their teeth, the investigations were bungled, and nothing happened. The girls weren’t helped, but failed.

Institutional ineptness and cultural sensitivity won the day, and the kids and Rona paid with their lives. Their new country couldn’t save them at the back end. Perhaps it’s worth a shot trying to do so at the front.

  • moraywatson

    There are no free thinking muslim women. There are only free thinking apostate women. Choosing to wear the niqab is at least as, if not more revolting, than being forced to wear it. The same goes for wearing the hijab. There is nothing good about islam, so there is nothing good about projecting that you are an adherent of islam.

  • Shebel

    If I walked up to a Muslim while wearing a Mask—– do you think that they might just be a tad bit nervous ?

    • Doug Kursk

      Somewhere, there must be a mask of Charles ‘the hammer’ Martel?

  • ismiselemeas

    Another way of looking at it is that if Canadian muslims believe wearing this garb expresses modesty then not wearing it expresses immodesty. Canadian muslims, male and female, view the vast majority of Canadian women as immodest and therefor worthy of contempt. This mindset gives rise to undesirable outcomes like sex assaults, rapes and unfortunately murder. It is already being acculturated at schools like Thorncliffe PS.

  • FactsWillOut

    Anyone suggesting muzz immigration is good should be persona non-grata.

  • lolwut?

    A Niqab was used to hide Elizabeth Smart’s identity from police.

    She even testified in court that the Police had a chance to save her earlier
    but refused to lift her Niqab and check her identity.


  • Shebel

    I do not even begin to attempt to understand the logic of the Left.

    If I think that you hate or despise me—then I am probably not going to Like you or want to associate with You.

    For me–this is pretty normal.

    You Lefties and Justin appear to think that I must look inwardly , and come to Grips with the fact that I have wronged these people at some time in the past.

    I don’t feel this way for one iota of a millisecond.

    People that think this way—scare me–and probably have a secret agenda,

  • Alain

    That may well be the reason for some to reject the face mask, but for myself it has to do with rejecting anyone in public hiding behind a mask of any kind. I reject that totally.