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Canada has taken the big leap, banning the wearing of the Islamic veil known as the niqab at citizenship ceremonies.
“This is not simply a practical measure. It is a matter of deep principle that goes to the heart of our identity and our values of openness and equality,” Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Monday as he announced the changes in Montreal.
“The citizenship oath is a quintessentially public act. It is a public declaration that you are joining the Canadian family and it must be taken freely and openly,”
While some Muslims consider banning the veil violates their religious rights some other people feel it is a security risk, because some terrorists wear the full body cloaks to hide bombs.
But what’s next? Will shoes be banned to stop people from throwing them at dictators such as Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Iranian news agency Mehr reported a laid off worker, S Rashid, was beaten up by the crowd when he expressed his discontent by tossing his shoe; he missed.
Throwing shoes is a strong expression of unhappiness in the Middle East.
Next thing you know Canada will at least try to discourage the use of its trademark “eh.” The Canadian Web site Ask Men says it is the No. 1 Canadian expression.
“In short, “eh” -- the most popular Canadian expression of them all -- is used to solicit conversation,” Ask Men reports.
Some might, on the other hand, find it odd that stories about the citizen-niqab battle do not mention the honor code.
A Muslim Canadian is on trial now on murder charges for killing his wife and three daughters for allegedly violating the Islamic honor code. He says he would do it again.
“While precise statistics are scarce, the UN estimates thousands of women are killed annually in the name of family honor (National Geographic). Other practices that are woven into the sharia debate, such as female genital mutilation, adolescent marriages, polygamy, and gender-biased inheritance rules, elicit as much controversy. There is significant debate over what the Quran sanctions and what practices were pulled from local customs and predate Islam,” the Council of Foreign Relations reports.
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