Canada Hijab

A Quebec Doctor Asked Me to Remove My Hijab -- I Refused

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

For the naysayers or eye-rollers out there, there is nothing wrong with removing my hijab or other article of clothing for a doctor if it is necessary for the sake of the medical examination. In this instance, it was not. It was the equivalent of asking a woman to fully remove her top and undergarment in order to examine her lungs. The changes in the environment in Quebec are subtle but ever present. I have felt the chill in the air. From the racial slur while at the movies with my kids to reading passive aggressive comments on social media. Our joie de vivre, pride in diversity and bilingualism has been replaced with political unease, targeted discrimination of visibly religious minorities and linguistic force.

How the Values Charter Will Affect Quebec's Children

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Imagine your child's favourite teacher. This teacher is known to provide her students with an enriched classroom. Now imagine that this exemplary teacher is a person who subscribes to a religious faith for which she dresses in a particular fashion. Should she remove the outward signs of her faith so that she can keep teaching?

The Charter's Veiled Threat Against Montreal's Muslims

Ramp1885.com | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada Style
Ramp1885.com

Quebec's Muslim women have been threatened -- violence against veiled women has increased dramatically since the Charter debate was introduced. In Quebec, the issue of choice and self-determination around the veil is critical. It would seem, then, that in matters of fashion, religion, and secularism, Montreal's Muslim women are being held to a higher standard by their provincial government. Montreal's young Hijabistas -- and those who support them -- told us what the veil means to them.

The Quebec Charter Will Ghettoize Muslims

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada Politics
Shahla Khan Salter

The PQ is unable to distinguish between religious zealotry that overtakes the public sphere and individuals who, though they exhibit their faith publicly, continue to work peacefully, alongside their neighbours of other beliefs, without difficulty. Make no mistake -- everyone in Quebec will be affected by the Charter of "Values." The entire society will be subjected to change as a result. Do we want people to be forced to choose their faith over integration in the public sphere? Do we want "Muslim only" sections of cities? That will be the result of failing to allow the integration of visible religious minorities in the public sphere. It is apartheid.

What's Next, Marois Telling Us What We Can Wear?

Beverly Akerman | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Politics
Beverly Akerman

Imagine a teacher at a public school, or a Centre de santé et des services sociaux receptionist. If she tucks her hair into a turban as a fashion statement, or dons a headscarf to keep her hairdo safe from the rain, or because she's having a bad hair day, that would be perfectly acceptable. Ditto for covering a pate denuded by cancer chemotherapy. But if she puts on that same headscarf out of Islamic modesty, das ist verboten.

Québec Misinterprets Open Secularism

Doug Thomas | Posted 10.21.2013 | Canada Politics
Doug Thomas

In the wake of yesterday's mind-boggling announcement out of Quebec, we must ask: Why is there the need to accommodate religion in this way? I have never quite figured out how someone else's attire affects my philosophy. Seeing a man wearing a kippa has never pressured me to consider Judaism as an option for my personal philosophy.

Quebec Bans Cowboy Hats

The Lapine | Posted 08.11.2013 | Canada Alberta
The Lapine

On the heels of the Quebec Soccer Federation banning children from wearing turbans while playing in kiddie league games, the Province of Quebec has extended the ban to include cowboy hats being worn anywhere in public by adults or children. "Cowboy hats are destroying our natural French love of toques," said Premier Pauline Marois, making the announcement from the steps of the Assemblee Nationale (National Assembly) in Quebec City, wearing a green paisley beret to match her business suit.

Why No Kid Should Be Banned From Playing Sports

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 05.31.2013 | Canada Living
Shahla Khan Salter

This weekend the Quebec Soccer Federation votes on whether to lift a ban that prevents kids from playing soccer -- specifically Sikh players who wear turbans. In sports, you learn to participate and take risks. And you learn to include everyone. It is a lesson that some of the grown-ups still don't get.

France's next battle: Banning 'God bless you'

Deena Douara | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada
Deena Douara

Nothing screams progress like telling a woman what she can and can't wear. In their valiant strides toward enlightened secularism, the French have a...

My Hijab Doesn't Oppress Me, It Empowers Me

Amber Rehman | Posted 05.05.2013 | Canada Living
Amber Rehman

The day that I decided to wear my scarf, was the day I accepted I was a feminist. Was a simple piece of cloth a symbol of oppression? I found that women were mistreated all over the world, scarf or no scarf. So at 16, I began my journey to covering my body. I realized, the world would judged me no matter what I did, so I better do what I feel is right. My feminism still remains while I wear the hijab, because for me it was the greatest symbol of choice.

The Perils of Pauline

Bernie Farber | Posted 10.25.2012 | Canada Politics
Bernie Farber

One would hope that the days of politically motivated religious discrimination are far behind us. Yet the disdain and intolerance demonstrated so avidly by Pauline Marois threatens to bring us back to darker, more foreboding times. Along with the other vestiges of bigotry appearing today, can it be that the accepting, multicultural national we have worked toward in the last number of decades has been for naught?

In Quebec You Might Soon be Forced to Trade Your Hijab for a Crucifix

Supriya Dwivedi | Posted 10.15.2012 | Canada Politics
Supriya Dwivedi

The Parti Québécois (PQ) have unveiled some disconcerting aspects of their would-be mandate: all overt religious symbols would be banned from public institutions... except for Catholic religious symbols. In addition to lengthy and costly constitutional battles with Ottawa, certain Quebecers can now be expected to have their basic civil liberties trampled on in order to appease an increasingly intolerant voting population. The PQ are once again marginalizing a segment of the Quebec population because they are not seen as being an important fabric of Quebec's so-called distinct society. What I find truly alarming, however, is that the PQ is poised to form the next government. Vive le Québec libre indeed.

When Multiculturalism Becomes a Threat

Sheryl Saperia | Posted 09.22.2012 | Canada
Sheryl Saperia

Multiculturalism has veered off course when those responsible for our safety -- a major threat to which is Islamist terrorism -- are reluctant to use direct language to describe that threat. Law enforcement officials must be properly and candidly briefed on the role of religious ideology in some strains of terrorism.

Lifting the Veil on Iran's Barbaric Human Rights Abuses

Saba Farzan | Posted 12.12.2011 | Canada Politics
Saba Farzan

Is it imaginable that in the 21st century a modern woman and outstanding actress receives lashes for her art? Sadly such brutality is common in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Most tragic are the explanations by regime officials that they are defending moral values and the security of their country.

My Interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Video)

Tarek Fatah | Posted 12.12.2011 | Canada Politics
Tarek Fatah

Quebec's Hijab Controversy: Bend it like Benkiran

Supriya Dwivedi | Posted 08.24.2011 | Canada
Supriya Dwivedi

Banning the hijab from soccer has nothing to do with multiculturalism, or reasonable accommodation. It is about people hiding behind the guise of rules in order to effectively discriminate against Muslim women.