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Niqab Emerges as Polarizing Issue in Canadian Election

Saturday, October 3, 2015 10:33
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niqab-citizenship-zunera-ishaq.jpgWith an election looming Oct 19, Canadian
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has deliberately alienated 
a million Muslim Canadians, a constituency
his party has assiduously courted in the past. Why?

Polls show that many more ignorant Canadians, especially in Quebec, 
support this policy of depriving Muslims of their religious freedom.   

(Updated from March 13, 2015) 
by Henry Makow Ph.D.

A trivial but symbolic issue has emerged as potentially decisive in the Canadian election campaign: whether Muslim women should be able to wear a face cover at Canadian citizenship ceremonies. 

The governing Conservative government tried to ban this but were overruled by the courts. They have opted to appeal. In practice, only two women have demurred from taking the citizenship ceremony.

Last March, Prime Minister Stephen Harper cast this as a women’s issue and went out of his way to insult all Muslims:

“Why would Canadians, contrary to our own values, embrace a practice at that time that is not transparent,” he said,[one] “that is not open and, frankly, is rooted in a culture that is anti-women?”

Muslims reacted with outrage. Harper’s statement implied they weren’t welcome as citizens, and Muslim women were too stupid to know their culture was “anti-woman.”  Harper contradicted Canada’s oft-stated protestations of “diversity” and multiculturalism.

Even though Harper pretends to be a Christian and social conservative, he seems ignorant of the religious purpose of the niqab. It’s a sign of the woman’s modesty and consecration to her family and religion.

In the current campaign, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair was the only leader capable of recognizing the symbolism of this ban. Despite its popularity in the NDP power base of Quebec, he opposed it.  It is saying in effect, you cannot become a Canadian if you wish to observe your religion. Mulcair accused Harper of “playing a very divisive game with the Niqab.”


(left, Thomas Mulcair, no doubt Illuminati too, but still uses the term “principle.”)

NDP support has plummeted in Quebec but Mulcair, to his credit, has stuck to his guns. He has earned my support for this principled stand alone. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau also opposes the ban but has no been as outspoken, and is benefitting from Mulcair’s stand.

Meanwhile the opportunistic Harper has doubled down promising a law banning “barbaric practises” on the part of Muslims and a snitch line.

Calgary Mayor Nahid Nenshi, a Muslim, called the Conservative policy “ugly and disgusting.”
I have come out against letting Winnipeg police officers wear turbans.    For me, there is a big difference between observing the standards of a police force and making religious conformity a condition of citizenship itself. 


As for “diversity,” Harper’s statement proves that it is a flexible excuse to promote certain people and polices at certain times.

For example, in Aug. 2013, in response to Quebec’s proposed “values charter,” Harper said,
“And our job is social inclusion. Our job is making all groups who come to this country, whatever their background, whatever their race, whatever their ethnicity, whatever their religion, feel at home in this country and be Canadians,” he said. “That’s our job.”

shg.jpg(left, Stephen Harper) 

What changed? Opportunism and another factor. Divide and conquer is the time-tested tactic of the Illuminati. Clearly Harper’s central banker masters have demanded he demonize Muslims in the eyes of gullible Christians. Harper staged a false flag terror event last October and is trying to shepherd an unpopular repressive new anti-terror bill through Parliament.

Harper said, “almost all Canadians oppose the wearing of face coverings during citizenship ceremonies.” He has calculated that his stand will win him more votes than not. I hope his ignorance and opportunism backfires. 

By calling Muslim culture “anti woman,” he is guilty of hate speech. He has displayed his ignorance and damaged his dubious cause. 

 Related -  Makow- The Truth About Diversity

Canadian defense minister tweets hoax photos from anti-Muslim hate sites:

Muslims in Canada have strongly condemned their country’s defense minister for tweeting hoax photographs purporting to depict enslavement and oppression of women and girls by Muslim men. This comes amid accusations that the government is deliberately stoking anti-Muslim sentiment in the country.



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