Many who support wearing the hijab believe it is a matter of choice. Yet in this context such an interpretation is simplistic, because the “choice” is made only within a very restrictive environment that promotes a certain type of orthodoxy interwoven with hellfire theology. I reject the notion that it is a freely made choice.
More than a third of Canadians, including half of Quebecers and seniors, agreed with the statement: “I feel shocked and angry when I see a woman wearing the niqab.”
The fact is, the niqab and, I would argue, the hijab, are today not just medieval symbols of female servitude; they also serve as flags of Islamism, dictated by the Muslim Brotherhood in the Arab world and its equivalent in South Asia, the Jamat-e-Islami.
There are, on the other hand, excellent grounds for keeping the niqab out of classrooms and courts of law. Bare faces are basic to the way these places need to work. Teachers and students and judges and plaintiffs cannot do their jobs in the dark.
The Muslim face veil is branded an “archaic tribal rag” today by a prominent imam who says that Britain should follow France’s example and ban it.