Quebec’s niqab ban is a chance for women to embrace Western freedom

Bill 62 was passed last week, in effect denying public services to people in face masks.

While the ban includes all face coverings, this has predictably turned into an Islam versus the West issue. The familiar rivalries have resurfaced. Politicians have condemned the “burka ban”, saying it marginalizes Muslim women.

I see this as an opportunity for those women, whether they are oppressed by their husbands or have themselves chosen to cover up entirely, to embrace the equality the West offers.

  • Sharkibark

    I just walked out of my local convenience store in small town Ontario. It had a sign on the door that asked “We love your Hallowe’en Spirit, but please don’t walk in with a face mask!” I think this is sensible, and will be followed by sensible people.

  • Linda1000

    What is Hassan talking about when she says:
    “When there are laws and bills to discourage short dresses at restaurants and high heels in work places, it is fitting that rules of public expectation are applied to face coverings as well.”
    Since when are short dresses and high heels discouraged and what laws and bills?

    • Canadian Born

      It is too bad the rest of the provinces, don’t follow suit. When we are or become a minority, in a country that our ancestors fought and died for, then you know that the country is on the road to destruction, and that is where Canada is right now! All I can say is shame on us, for letting this happen.

  • Lightstream

    I’m sick and tired of politicians and Arabs. Isolationism for the North American Continent is starting to look good.

  • caliroxanne

    We just need to ban Islam. Simply restricting religious attire, customs, etc. are only superficial and give us a false sense of security. Some of the nastiest, most ardent supporters of the Islamo world view are, in many cases, the most Western-looking Muslims. It’s on the inside what matters, not the clothes.