Brian Lilley – Here’s an easy way to spot a pro-niqab hypocrite: Mention the Hutterites

In 2003, citing security concerns, new government regulations were brought in regarding photo identification.

The move changed an existing law that did not require everyone to have photo ID.

A small religious minority group asked for an exemption, they claimed having their picture taken and the ID card created would violate their strongly held religious beliefs and be a violation of their Charter right to freedom of religion.

The government denied the request, so the religious minority group challenged the new rule in court. They won, then they won on appeal.

That didn’t matter to the government. They had what they believed were valid security reasons to impose this new rule, so they appealed to the Supreme Court and won.

The court said the new regulations did violate the religious freedom guarantee of the Charter — but that it was a minimal impairment of the right.

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    What about the 10,000 Muslims that will arrive next year is there any rules or laws that will fit for them ? If not who is to be blame for it , I guess the politics should take responsibility for their own acts .

    • Justin St.Denis

      STFU Maurixio. Another meaningless post. Why don’t you have somebody read your crap to ensure it makes some measure of sense before posting it? Oops! My bad! You don’t know anyone with a brain. Sucks 2BU.

  • Alain

    I am so fed up with so-called intelligent people buying the lie that this is a religious requirement or religious anything. As bad as Islam is I know for a fact that there is no such requirement for this garb. The requirement is to dress modestly. This is purely Arab culture and wearing it here is saying fuck you to Canada and Canadians as a political statement and challenge. You would think that they would be required by the court to show where it is a religious requirement at the very least. Also simply banning hiding one’s face during the swearing in is far from enough. It should be banned in public the same as in some other countries, including even Muslim countries. Last of all how on earth can anyone consider a person eligible for Canadian citizenship when they insist on showing up with face hidden behind a mask? In the case of this woman, she is making it clear that she does not take the oath seriously. Sorry but I am fed up with this crap.

    • WalterBannon

      I am so fed up that we even allow muslims into our country and have not yet banned Islam as a terrorist organization.

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    • Millie_Woods

      You speak for a lot of people.

  • Frances

    Excellent point. Out in the Prairies you see a fair few Huterite colonies. Attitude here was very much: you want the right to drive, you get your photo taken. After all, without a photo on your driver’s licence, how can they prove it’s yours and you legally have the right to drive? Sense was that, sans photos, a licence might be handed over to whomever was the designated driver of the day.

    Back in the day, a driver’s licence didn’t have photos (vehicles were also required to display their registration information publicly, usually in holder strapped around the shaft from the steering wheel, but that’s another story). Dad lost his licence and didn’t realize it was gone until contacted by the local RCMP. Apparently the young man who found it just decided to use same. Fortunately, when said young man was pulled over, the police officer actually read the details on the licence and figured out the man before him was far too young to match the licence description.

  • Cat-astrophe

    Hutterites were neighbors to our dairy farm in Alberta.
    We had a tremendous working relationship with them.
    I worked drilling rigs and railroad with a couple of them as well, hardest workers you’d ever want to meet.
    I would go to war to defend those people, so they could live in peace.

    • Justin St.Denis

      I used to feel similarly about Mennonites. Then I worked on a two-year project out west that was largely staffed by Mennonites. I have since adjusted my perspective on the issue.

  • DMB

    If these woman wearing niqabs were to end up in a Canadian prison does this ruling by the supreme court affect police by requiring them to take a picture of these woman with a niqab? If this is the case then what about finger prints and DNA samples? Will these Muslims woman all of a sudden want to include these forms of identification test for religious exemption as well? This is the slippery slope of special rights.

  • Brett_McS

    Just a wild guess: the Hutterites don’t blow people up? And yet the niqab is a sure sign that the wearer is a 100% supporter of the subset of Muslims who do.

    • New Centurion

      Precisely, and despite the government’s ruling on the Hutterites, it wouldn’t all surprise me that the government will give the Muzzies a pass if the court rules in their favour, which it is sure to do.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Already has. The Federal Government has appealed the ruling.