The niqab delusion

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.