Québec wants to make niqabi women illegal.

The creeping racism and eroding of civil liberties of Arizona makes me worry about the Quebec Provincial Bill 94 to exclude niqabi women from social services, employment, health, and education.

If you are Canadian and if you are not, you can take action against Bill 94. If you are emailing or writing to a government official, you can make use of the Non/No Bill 94 Coalition Statement.

Update: There is a Sample No Bill 94 Letter to Premiere Jean Charest

14 Responses to “Québec wants to make niqabi women illegal.”

  1. jay Says:

    It’s the other way around. Quebec wants to include these women by asking them to take the niqab off when they deal with public services. For the same reason you can’t deal with public services wearing a mascot costume.

  2. Restructure! Says:

    No. Quebec hopes that if you marginalize people enough, they will want to join your side.

  3. jay Says:

    No. We Quebecers are people pleasers. We react BECAUSE the niqab is an apparel of marginalization. As I said: it’s the other way around. We do a lot of stupid things, but Quebec is a paradise for immigrants.

  4. Restructure! Says:

    Doesn’t the niqab promote oppression?

    Many people believe that the niqab is a symbol of oppression. However, policing women’s choices about their own bodies will neither promote equality nor end the oppression of women that is prevalent across all societies. Trading off women’s autonomy for equality at an institutional level actually promotes or at least maintains oppression rather than ameliorates it. Moreover, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms enshrines the freedoms of conscience, religion and expression. It is not for the Canadian public, the courts, or any given Islamic scholar to determine whether Muslim women are religiously-mandated to wear the niqab; it is for each Muslim woman to decide the extent of her obligation within the parameters of her faith. The Supreme Court of Canada has affirmed that a religious practice is one that is sincerely, subjectively felt to be connected to the observance of one’s religion, regardless of whether or not the practice is universal, normative, or required by a religious authority (Syndicat Northcrest v. Amselem, 2004 SCC 47).

  5. Katie Says:

    Hey Jay –

    I run a country you live in, and I’ve decided that your pants are hindering your ability to participate fully in society. FOR YOUR OWN GOOD, you can’t wear pants anymore. What’s that you say? You like to wear pants, and it’s customary for you and yours to wear them? Sorry – you’re merely misinformed about your own experience. Thankfully, the law can step in here and think FOR you.

    Stop trying to control niqabi women. They can make their own goddamn decisions.

  6. jay Says:

    Katie: Muslim women are told by a conservative understanding of Islam to hide their body. Can you find another religious sign hiding someone’s face? We see now and then in Canada honor crimes: Muslim women killed by their own family because their free behavior brought dishonor on the familiy.

    Of course, we should let radical Muslims do as they please.

    Restructure: I agree that dialogue is better than coercision.

  7. jay Says:

    OK. I’m curious. Would you let anyone do anything? Or would you draw a line somewhere?

  8. Restructure! Says:

    Restructure: I agree that dialogue is better than coercision.

    Great. Then you can sign the online petition to against Bill 94.

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  10. Katie Says:

    Tons of women are killed every day by abusive partners. There’s nothing about Islam that makes it uniquely violent towards women. Your obvious and embarrassing prejudice against Islam (and your accompanying inability to imagine that women choose their method of observance) makes it hard for you to see this.

  11. jay Says:

    Katie: obvious and embarrassing prejudice against Islam? Really? You may read again the expression “conservative interpretation of Islam” in the comment you’re talking about in your enthusiastic diagnostic.

    I agree there’s nothing about Islam that makes it uniquely violent towards women as there is nothing about alcohol that makes it uniquely violent towards women.

    But when abuses and violence happen, we have the protect the victims.

  12. Sandy Says:

    “But when abuses and violence happen, we have the protect the victims.”

    Awesome! The first step is to stop blaming Islam and other religions and cultures for the abuse and violence against women and start making MEN responsible for their actions. Patriarchy runs across all cultures, it is not limited to certain groups of people. And oh, that goes for white men being responsible as well because they somehow have this really distorted fantasy of believing they are saviours to helpless, oppressed, women of colour.

    And let me ASSURE you that Muslim feminists and activists are doing everything they can, even as we speak right now, to fight against violence against women. So are other feminists. They do not need people like you condemning their religion and culture as though you are really “understand” them because you do not. If you really want to help these “victims,” then you should listen to their voices first (as people like Katie was trying to inform you) instead of getting all worked up into this “saviour mentality” – “We need to save them from their own culture! Islam is the root of all evil! These women are being told to cover their faces!” Unfortunately, these statements show that you do not understand Muslim women.. at all.

    So I repeat: Muslim women KNOW that violence against women, such as honor killings, are UNACCEPTABLE. THEY KNOW AND THEY ARE FIGHTING AGAINST IT. If you want to help, the first step is to stop preaching some false notion of Islam, it would really help A LOT.

  13. jay Says:

    Sandie: even if I agree with most of what you’re saying, you might want to stop labeling other people as ignorant.

    And the bill 94 has been written with the same spirit as yours, except for the know-it-all part: integration, respect and empathy.

  14. goaler Says:

    some of these ladies are very hot!
    they should take off a lot more!

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