Please stop the madness!

MONTREAL–After months of balancing a woman's religious beliefs with her desire to learn French, the Quebec government stepped into her classroom to offer an ultimatum: take off the niqab or drop the course.

The woman opted to keep her Islamic face-covering and has filed a human rights complaint against the government.

In a province where the government frequently faces accusations of doing too much to accommodate minorities, these actions have prompted a fair bit of praise.

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i don't think i have a problem with this. at the moment, i feel that if you want to move to another country, you have to be willing to give up aspects of your old culture that does not fit in/is not wanted in your new home. if wearing a niqab is that important to her, she should either not have moved or gone to a country that is willing to cater to her homeland's culture.

i think to ask an immigrant to give up everything about their home culture would be wrong, but if something of your culture clashes with that of your new country, you should adapt to the culture you're joining.

this isn't a hard fast opinion... just my current thoughts.
the niqab isn't religious, it's cultural. there are muslims all over the world, and the niqab is pretty much only worn by arab women. the reason i don't have a problem with this is because this is the clothing that covers 99% of the woman, only has an eye slit.

regardless of whether someone thinks that the niqab is a form of suppression of women, it does cover their faces completely (except the eye slit). our society doesn't look favorably on hidden faces. some banks don't even let people wear hats inside them. a cultural belief that women should be completely covered in the middle east doesn't jibe with the western culture that says covering your face in public is a way of hiding who you are, very likely because you are or have done something illegal.

this is a case of cultural, not religious, values.

but, so what if it was based on stifling religious expression? well, we already do that. it's illegal to marry children (most religions pre-20th century), outlaw polygamy (muslims and mormons), do not allow human sacrifice (azteks), place restrictions on animal slaughtering (voodoo).

we regulate religion all the time. if a religion against the laws of our nation (btw, being US specific right now), we make the religion budge, not the laws.
Like with France's proposed Burqa ban, my question is of intent.

If the school is protesting the niqab on religious/cultural grounds while allowing other religious jewelry/clothing, the school is discriminating.

If the school wants to say "No face coverings" and enforces it, including ski masks, winter scarves, halloween masks, etc, then it's quite reasonable.




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