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Niqab wearer expelled from second francization course

Woman wearing an Islamic veil
Woman wearing an Islamic veil


  • Linda StCyr- Celebrity Charity Examiner 6 years ago

    I feel so bad for this woman. She just can't win. It is a very sad state of affairs when a woman can't get an education because of an item of clothing that just so happens to have religious meaning. What's next, Jewish men not allowed to wear a kippa or yarmulke? Very sad when we let our own ignorance prevent the education of others.

  • Emylou Lewis 6 years ago

    Thanks for the report.

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  • Paola Samuel Montreal Headlines Examiner 6 years ago

    Thanks Kyla ! Did not realize we had written the same story ! And to answer the previous comment, the niqab and burqa are not religious symbols, they are cultural ones. They have been banned by muslim clerics in the schools and universities of countries like Egypt as well. The hijab, on the other hand is a religious symbol and can therefore be compared to the kippa. There has never been any problem anywhere in Quebec with Muslim women who wear hijabs. It is not ignorance to ban a uniform that essentially imprisons women.

  • Kyla Matton - Mtl Parenting & Ed Examiner 6 years ago

    Thank you all for reading!

    @Paola: While I would tend to agree with you that niqab & burqa seem to be more cultural than religious symbols, the PQ's proposed Charter of Secularism would see a ban on all religious symbols (hijab, kippa, and kirpan, for example) in addition to the niqab & burqa.

    We have uniforms that are forced on our girls and young women in the West too, although many times they go completely in the opposite direction.

    I don't see that there's anything more healthy about putting a 4 yr old in revealing clothes, than in having a standard that asks all women to cover their heads in public. Clothing should be appropriate to the weather and the requirements of the activity. It should allow a woman or girl to be physically comfortable, and to feel socially at ease. There is little reason for anyone other than the individual herself, to be making any choices about what she can or cannot wear.

  • Amanda C. Strosahl 6 years ago

    This woman has gone from one society-based extreme to the other. It's a shame she can't be allowed to explore her own beliefs and self-identity.

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  • Montreal health, Montreal Mental Health 6 years ago

    I love my country hate my fascist government

  • K K Thornton 6 years ago

    It's a tough question. When I lived in Turkey I remember a lot of controversy over headscarves-- Turkey's secular government refused to allow them to be worn in universities and and government offices. A law passed a few years ago allowing it was overturned by the high court as being against Turkey's secular constitution. To Turkish muslims, at least, it is very much a religious issue and not a cultural one.

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