Have you ever seen a female in a niqab in this country? I’m betting not.
Do you care if a woman in Canada has her face shrouded in such a manner? For me, try as I might, I cannot call up the major negative vibes that Harper and gang think I should have. Personally I think it looks kind of exotic and mysterious. But, maybe that because I dig seeing representatioins of other cultures – even here, in a country that used to pride itself on being ‘welcoming’.
‘Used to’, I must emphasize. If the current Ottawa gang has its way, I, and the rest of you, are supposed to be offended by this affront to all that is decent and Canadian, like Labatt’s beer, Tommy Hunter, and hockey.
The invented foofrah over the niqab is reminiscent of the also manufactured outrage over turban wearing Sikh Mounties. Have you worried about that much lately? Of course you haven’t. You haven’t even thought of it.
It’s a manufactured issue designed to appeal to the bigoted baser instincts of certain Canadians and also designed to divert people from the real issues of this country like, say, the economy, freedom of dissent, the economy again and fuck it, the economy.
It’s also the mark of a governing party that is running just a bit scared and is playing the card of ill will as much as it can. In other words, it is playing the Tea Party card. Oh hell, such mental-midget meanderings are working for Trump south of the border, so why not?
So, call me wishy-washy, but I don’t give a sweet-goddamn about a recent arrival wearing a costume that hides her face. Put her in a room with another woman. Have her removed the offending garment to reveal her face and everybody should be happy.
But don’t count on that happening.
Sigh. I just don’t like my country right now as much as I used to.