Category Archives: Islamic face veil

Joined by faith, divided by custom: Muslim women argue for and against Quebec’s Bill 62

When Quebec passed its religious neutrality law in October, it whipped up a storm of discord centred around the bill’s constitutionality and potentially Islamophobic overtones.

If the bill survives long enough to take effect in July — Quebecers are already denouncing Bill 62 and calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to intervene with a court challenge — it will prohibit Muslim women who wear face veils from giving or receiving public services.

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Hijab-Wearing Barbie Makes Her Debut

The one-of-a-kind doll made its debut at Glamour’s Women of the Year Live Summit on Monday, as the latest doll in the “Shero” line, an initiative that celebrates women breaking boundaries (and cheekbones), according to People.

I um might have added a couple words there.

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Toronto: Muslim worker dies when hijab gets stuck in conveyor belt

If they didn’t allow the hijabi to work on the line they would have been sued and wrongly called Islamophobic. Now, rather than banning the hijab and other head coverings near this type of machinery, the government will further burden employers and fine them.

Quebec protects its Muslim citizens against this danger.

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Trudeau “Not Impressed” With Quebec’s Explanation of Bill 62

I’m sure people stay up all night thinking of how to sway a former substitute drama teacher:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared incredulous Wednesday at Quebec’s efforts to clear up confusion surrounding its law on religious neutrality, which is widely seen as targeting Muslim women who wear face veils.

The province’s justice minister said last week Bill 62 would oblige people riding a bus or the subway to do so with their face uncovered for the entire journey.

On Tuesday, however, Stephanie Vallee backtracked, saying only those whose fare requires a card with photo ID will need to uncover their face before riding public transit — and that they can put the veil back on once they’ve been identified.

Asked specifically in Ottawa about Vallee’s clarifications, Trudeau replied: “You call those clarifications?”  

Yes, Justin, she does, because she is an educated Westerner in what should be a First World Western country that eschews the eradication of identity based on how girlish one is.

His efforts to appear to be in charge only underscore his impotence and pandering.

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China bans ‘abnormal’ beards & veils to curb extremism in Muslim region

The initiative has been prompted in part by the deaths of hundreds of people over the past years in Xinjiang where government security forces regularly clashed with Islamist militants and faced unrest among the Muslim Uighur people driven by separatist sentiments.

Bad decision. Now they will be essentially undercover.

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Islamists target beauty industry

Talk about a pushover. From Shireen Qudosi at Gatestone:

Melanie Elturk, CEO of Haute Hijab, a leading U.S. hijab brand, openly shared a widely held belief that “fashion is one of the outlets in which we can start that cultural shift in today’s society to normalize the hijab in America.”

Later in the year, CoverGirl, a popular affordable makeup line, announced Muslim beauty blogger Nura Afia as its newest “brand ambassador.” A 23-year-old wife and mother, Afia hosts a YouTube channel, with over 200,000 subscribers, for hijab and makeup tutorials. She now stands with celebrities such as CoverGirl’s first male makeup model, James Charles; Modern Family star Sofia Vergara and pop singer Katy Perry in a campaign that highlights brands of makeup targeted at customers who applaud surface “diversity” and “equality.”

Beauty and fashion industries in particular offer a mold in which intellectual discourse and cultural commentary is cast aside for opinion. That opinion is then shaped, packaged, and pushed as a product onto a population group already pliable to messaging. With CoverGirl’s newest “brand ambassador,” Nura Afia, the message echoes the mantra of hardline Islamist groups who have, since the presidential election, lost much of their political ground. Lost ground is now regained in new spheres through personalities such as Afia, without any association with political parties. More.

Reality check: It will be interesting to watch the fashionistas who used to sneer and snarl, whine and grovel. Don’t miss the spectacle of feminist politicians defending their right to imitate women who do not have a choice, as an expression of liberation.

See also: Hijab hits the catwalk with a flump. Honestly, it’s dowdy and way overdressed, utterly lacking the charm of suggestiveness that the hijab usually at least offers.

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French mother, 32, set to become first woman to be jailed for wearing banned Islamic veil

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The one on the right – I can see her hands. What a slut.

A 32-year-old mother from France is set to become the first woman ever to be sent to prison for wearing an Islamic veil.

Hind Ahmas refuses to accept the legitimacy of a Paris court which has ordered her to spend 15 days learning her civic duties.

…’There is no possibility of me removing the veil,’ Ahmas said.

‘I’m not taking it off. The judge needs citizenship lessons, not me.’

Ahmas, who has already refused to pay a fine of around £100 for wearing a veil on another occasion, intends to take her case to the European Court of Human Rights.

She has launched a pressure group, Do Not Touch My Constitution, along with Kenza Drider, another veil wearer who wants to run for president in the Spring.

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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.

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Melbourne hospital agrees to female-only doctor requests after Muslim patient complains

Monash Health, one of Victoria’s largest hospitals, will change its policies to allow patients to demand female-only care after a Muslim woman wearing a full-length niqab complained of discrimination.

Ziarata Zia, who believes it is a sin to be seen without a niqab or be touched by a man other than her husband or immediate family, lodged a complaint at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal following an antenatal visit at a Monash clinic two years ago, The Age reports.

…Ms Zia, who moved from Afghanistan to Melbourne in 2010 and who does not speak English, said in a statement she was no longer scared to ask for a female doctor. “Healthcare is really important to me and my family but so are my religious beliefs. I don’t want to be forced to choose between them,” she said.

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Mississauga-made film raises awareness about Muslim women’s dress

The 2.35-minute long Can you hear me? was posted on YouTube on March 21 and within weeks it attracted more than 1,100 viewers.

“I think that’s a pretty good response,” said Shazia Javed, the film’s director and producer. “Most of Muslim women are currently in the news for making their choice of wearing. One of them was denied hearing in the court in Quebec because she was wearing a hijab. Now there have been talks of banning niqab during citizenship ceremonies.”

Javed comes from a filmmaking background in India and currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Film at York University…

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New Zealand: Outrage at calls for Waitangi (Maori) burqa ban

Members of the public at Waitangi during the Waitangi Day dawn service (NZME.)

he banning of the burka at Waitangi has angered Maori and Muslims alike.
A call by a Ngapuhi hapu leader to ban the burqa at this year’s Waitangi Day celebrations has outraged Maori and Muslim.

Why would it ‘outrage’ Maoris when it is something totally alien to their culture?

Te Matarahurahu hapu elder David Rankin said the traditional Muslim dress should be banned at next week’s 175th anniversary at Waitangi because it symbolises “Islam’s direct threat to our rangatiratanga (sovereignty) and our culture”.

There is nothing “traditional” about the burqa. It doesn’t belong in New Zealand or anywhere else.

Mr Rankin said his comments were intended to spur debate about “droves” of Maori converting to Islam, a religion which he said “condemns cultures that do not comply with its rules”…

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