niqab is not a religious requirement

Harper right to defend niqab ban

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is right to appeal federal court Justice Keith M. Boswell’s ruling which struck down the government’s policy banning the niqab when taking the oath of citizenship.

The judge apparently accepted the obscurantist view that the ban somehow limits a Muslim woman’s ability to practise her faith freely.

In reality, even many niqabi women accept that a face covering is not a requirement of Islam.

Nowhere does the Qur’an explicitly state a woman must cover her face.

Rather, wearers choose the garment merely to express what they claim is the essence of Muslim feminine identity.

In so doing, they parrot the typical Islamist narrative that the niqab is a matter of personal choice, that it is empowering and that it does not marginalize the wearer in society.