First France banned burqas, now other “free” countries are starting to infringe upon the rights of Muslim women. Recently, Canada passed a law saying Muslim women who wear the niqab or other face-covering veils must remove them in front of everyone while they take the oath of Canadian citizenship.

So why do Muslim women need to remove their veils to become citizens? According to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, it’s a matter of principle.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

I guess wearing a veil prevents women from “freely and openly” expressing their desire to become Canadian citizens. Or perhaps Canada is starting to buy into the lie that Muslims are scary? Who knows.

Apparently, the new stipulation was hastily put in place after a conservative government official witnessed a citizenship ceremony in which four Muslim women in full burqas and veils took the oath of citizenship. After wondering if it was “illicit” and watching the women leave in a car with a man with New York license plates (which, isn’t unusual considering New York is about 100 mils away), Conservative MP Wladyslaw Lizon began working to change things.

Opponents of the rule feel it forces women to choose between their religious convictions and their desire to be citizen without giving a valid reason for doing so. And many feel the new stipulation is politically motivated.

What’s ironic is that the push to limit the rights of Muslims to express their religious views in the way they see fit is increasing becoming an issue in countries that purport themselves to be “free” and tolerant of everyone.

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  • SxyDread

    Maybe I’m wrong for this but whatever… you want to become a citizen of a country… you have to abide by the laws of said country. PERIOD. it’s not like Canada is saying Muslim women can’t wear they’re coverings once they take the oath. They’re free to practice their religion as they see fit once the oath has been taken. it’s that simple. if they cannot abide by the rules of the country in which they want to seek citizenship… maybe they should rethink the whole idea and not become a citizen. I’m ALL for religious rights and yes, I feel the world as this point has issues with Islam and it’s wrong across the board but this does not strike me as such. this is about protection and security. just as you wouldn’t allow a gang member to rock a bandana around their face during their citizenship oath for reasons of security, the law requiring Muslim women to remove their face covering is done in the same breath. look at this from a practical standpoint and stop bellyaching about how “rights” are being violated because this is not the case here.