The Canadian province of Quebec has passed a sweeping ban on face coverings – barring public workers from wearing the niqab or burqa and obliging citizens to unveil when riding public transit or receiving government services – ushering in a law believed to be the first of its kind in North America.
This is so clearly targeting Muslim women and only Muslim women, ironically forcing them into a situation like that of a very oppressive Muslim nation that doesn't let women go outside without a male escort. But so liberal, right?
Philippe Couillard, the premier of Quebec, was defensive as he addressed the new law. “We are just saying that for reasons linked to communication, identification and safety, public services should be given and received with an open face,” he told reporters. “We are in a free and democratic society. You speak to me, I should see your face, and you should see mine. It’s as simple as that.”
Oh yes, great freedom there, attacking the religious beliefs of just the female half of one religious population. Super democracy.
This is basically a Muslim women ban.
Can you imagine having to choose between following your religious beliefs and receiving basic government services? Taking the bus, going to the unemployment office, renewing your driver's license, getting a passport? All of those are inaccessible for Muslim women in Quebec unless they want to betray their beliefs. Can you imagine if someone tried to make a law saying every Christian man has to spit on a picture of Jesus before getting on the subway?
Saudi Arabia recently lifted the ban on women driving, and Quebec makes it impossible for women who wear niqabs or burqas to get a driver's licence. You suck, Quebec.