Symbolizing the Threat with Women's Clothes
March 30, 2010 12:20 PM Subscribe
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Recent troubles with Muslim women's clothes
have lead to the Quebec Government to begin proposing legislation on the issue of face covering and access to public services
. The niqab has become a central symbol in the anti-muslim rhetoric of nationalist parties in Europe (political poster examples: France
, and Britain
) about the threat Islam poses to tolerant secular societies.
It has been almost two years since the end of Quebec's Reasonable Accommodation Debates and the main result seems to be a great website with lots of information on the issue of religious diversity in Quebec
, that the government is ignoring.
At the time, back before the Final Report came out [abridged
- 99 pages], the local anti-racism group, No one is Illegal - Montreal expressed its concerns
about the general approach to the topic of Canadian Muslim women's clothing was being discussed. Their concerns seem just as valid today.
Gerard Bouchard, one of the co-chairs of the Reasonable Accommodation commission, responded to recent discussion on the niqab with this:
"The host society has a duty to make all efforts for those immigrants to (accommodate) them, but not at any price," Veiled threat: Niqab new flashpoint in tolerance debate - Montreal Gazette