Canadian Prime Minster: Niqab rooted in 'anti-women' culture

2015-03-11 09:09:44 | Al Muslim News
Canadian Prime Minster: Niqab rooted in 'anti-women' culture


Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper expressed his dislike to face-covering veils worn by some Muslim women, calling them the product of a culture that is "anti-women" that the need to ban the niqab for citizenship oaths. Some Muslim women in Canada wear face-covering niqabs in public, and the Liberal party protects their right to wear the veil during citizenship Oath. Mr. Harper, whose government is appealing a Federal Court ruling that would allow people to cover their face while swearing the oath of citizenship, strongly disagrees. The Prime Minister was responding in the House of Commons to Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau, who has sharply criticized to ban of veil of face by some Muslim women during Canadian citizenship ceremonies and has accused Mr. Harper of Islamophobia. The prime minister ratcheted up the expression against the niqab even as Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau blamed him and his party leaders of stoking injustice against Muslims. Among other things, Trudeau pointed to Immigration Minister Chris Alexander calling the hijab (head scarf), a perversion of Canadian values, and MP John Williamson, Prime Minister’s Ex-communications Director, referring last weekend to "whities" and "brown people." NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus accused Prime Minster Harper of characterizing "an entire religion" as anti-women.


Tags: #Islamophobia #Muslim-minorities #Hijab #Head-scarf #Veil #Hate-speech #Canada #

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