Beware of the niqab.
But not because a piece of cloth over a woman’s face is any sort of threat to us. It’s not. What Muslim women wear on their faces has zero effect on our lives. I bet most of us would have to think long and hard to when we actually last saw a niqab. Plus the courts won’t let a law regarding a niqab ban pass anyways. This whole niqab thing is quite ridiculous.
So why should we be aware of the niqab?
Because it would appear a political party is willing to infringe on religious freedoms for the sake of power.
Are you a pacifist and expecting to be a conscientious objector during a war? Beware.
Do you wear a cross, a head covering, a WWJD bracelet, or have a Bible verse tattoo somewhere? Beware.
Do you get upset every December because you think there’s a “war on Christmas”? Beware.
Are you worried that the government might force your pastor or your church perform a same-sex wedding? Beware.
Have you heard the (strange) rumour that Mulcair will stop your church from giving charitable tax receipts for donations? Beware.
Why? Because it would appear a political party is willing to infringe on religious freedoms for the sake of power.
Religious freedom flows both ways. If we want the freedom to practice our religion, then we need to give others the freedom to practice theirs. If we want others to care about our religious freedom, then we have to care about their religious freedom.
PS – I’m talking about women who choose to wear a niqab, not those who are forced to. Believe it or not, some people choose to.
PPS – What I’m not talking about is an institution receiving government funding and then flouting government rules. If any of us take government money (or subsidies, or give tax receipts, etc), then we are saying that we’ll play by the government’s rules. Last time I checked, wearing a niqab doesn’t involve government funding.