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Niqab Ban?

April 10, 2010

Quebec has introduced a bill to require that people do not cover their faces while receiving government services.  The bill essentially bans niqabs and burqas.  Some Muslims consider the bill to be a violation of their religious freedom (even some whose wives do not wear niqabs).

This is not a valid point.  Just because a behavior or act is associated with a religion does not exclude it from societal judgment and control.  Polygamy is banned.  Marrying children is banned.

In Canada and other Western countries, we show our faces for identification.  We look each other in the eye while speaking and judge sincerity and safety by facial expressions.  A man in a ski mask in a bank would make us nervous and rightly so.

In our culture, we do not cover our faces in public.

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