Canada Bans Some Veils

December 13, 2011 by staff 

Canada Bans Some Veils, Some Muslim groups are disturbed by the federal government’s decision to immediately ban the wearing of the niqab and burka during Canadian citizenship ceremonies and worry it could lead to similar bans in other settings.

Federal Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney said Monday the ban was necessary because he recently discovered women with face coverings could not be fully identified at ceremonies to swear in new Canadians.

Some citizenship judges have told him it’s a common practice. “It is happening pretty much every week around the country,” Kenney told CBC News in a TV interview. “My view is that this is a public act of testimony in front of your fellow citizens – it’s a legal requirement – and it’s ridiculous that you should be doing so with your face covered.”

Salam Elmenyawi, head of the Muslim Council of Montreal, said the ban is an attempt by the Conservative government to divide Canadian Muslims.

He estimated that perhaps two dozen Muslim women in Quebec wear face coverings and a few hundred across Canada.

He said a woman who chooses to cover her face is doing so because she believes it is the best way for her to live her faith.

There is widespread respect by those who don’t cover their faces for those who do cover them, he added.

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One Response to “Canada Bans Some Veils”

  1. roab baron on December 14th, 2011 12:03 am

    as a native american every nation on the planet has come to our shores.this whole idea of people flooding our nation with foreign religious ideals is just another bad chapter in our history.a group of people bent on destroying the very thing that make us who we are.these politicians should be fired and imprisoned.letting known enemies roam freely around as they wish.its just plain stupid.everything i hear about muslims is bad.mohammed being a pedophile.marrying children under 10 years old.who is letting these people in?find that person and fire them from that job.stand up,speak up.people afraid to stand up for what”is right.these foreign groups are bad news.