Sunday, October 28, 2007

Voting While Veiled

The Harper government introduces a new bill to ban voting without showing your face. Muslims defend veil, saying, "If they make this a rule, Muslim women will not come out and vote and that will take away their democratic rights," but, on the other hand, "They would still be able to cast their vote by mail."

If they can still cast their vote, then have their democratic rights really been taken away?

This is just another issue of religious accommodation, which becomes problematic because of how it is dealt with under multiculturalism, as talked about in my previous post. There is no easy way to determine what constitutes genuine religious belief and what is just the idiosyncrasies of the individual. This bill does not prohibit just Muslim women from covering their faces while voting, but everyone. Without it, anyone -- Muslim, kafir, woman, or man -- can vote without showing their face, just as long as they make a big enough stink of how they believe God commands them to do so. Which is exactly what some Quebec residents threatened to do a while back. The bill is not multiculturalist, but it is fair as it treats everyone as equal as possible. The multiculturalist alternative results is giving people special treatment based on how much they agitate for it.

Nonetheless, that this one issue is overblown is probably true and the Globe and Mail mentions this.

5 comments:

R. Hartman said...

"If they can still cast their vote, then have their democratic rights really been taken away"

Even if they could not cast their vote anymore, no rights would have been taken away. They still would have the right to vote, but would voluntarily decide not to use it, based on whatever conviction prompts them to make that decision.

It's typical leftist and Islamic fascism to blame others for your own decisions. "I object to learning how to drive a car, but now you won't give me a license, so you take away my right to drive a car".

slocum said...

After all is said, women in Islam are considered inferior: "men must have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other"(Qur'an 4:34).
Why does Canada feel it must be complicit with Islam in taking the Qur'an at face value regarding women? Why do we allow the importation of such medieval dehumanization into my country at all?

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