Here is an incredibly important article to read regarding Bill 21 that is being pushed through by the CAQ for provincial legislature in Quebec.
I am not endorsing the entire article, however there is one point that is unassailable as an argument about basic human rights.
The journalist points out that for Persian women who escaped the tyranny of Iranian theocracy under the Ayatollah, that to then have one's freedoms and opportunity decided by individuals who honor the oppressive measures used as weapons against women becomes a traumatic experience - in short, it is not within the spirit of democracy.
I agree wholeheartedly with this sentiment and sensed this as the core issue years ago when I first saw the image above. Tens of thousands of Persian women in 1979 flooded the streets of Tehran to fight for their rights as a gender. Their attitude and actions was no different than Western suffragettes a century earlier.
Communism/feminism is a nefarious ideology which has a missionary purpose and therefore forms a religious institution for its proponents and followers. The Left has never had success converting the Middle East and Islam, but finally through the Global Village of mass social media, they feel that they can sink their hooks into an untapped human resource that may swell their ranks and allow them to become the hegemonic political power globally. They cannot afford for Islam to view the West as an unfriendly antagonist and so for the sake of their overzealous crusade they create the stigma of "Islamaphobia" and try as they might to plaster it all over anyone who believes that Islam is an oppressive, medieval religion.
The leaders of the Left know full well that Islam is corrupt and oppressive and misogynistic, except they don't care two wits about it because the end game is to convert Muslims to communism (or perhaps we should just say collectivist socialism given the great plurality of shit-for-brains ideologies currently pervading the Leftist political position).
Muslims women are temporarily thrown under the bus by feminists and are allowed to suffer under abhorrent patriarchal sharia law as absolutely demanded by scripture and clergy of the Muslim faith.
There has been no moderate schism in Islam and it is truly a medieval religion. For Christianity, the Reformation was a progressive schism whereby Martin Luther argued that the devout should be rational in their faith through having direct engagement with scripture. The major schism in Islam (Shiite/Sunni) happened at the onset of forming that religion and it did not create a more moderate and rational sect. Muslims have made no concerted attempt to revise the Koran and produce new volumes that are consistent with promoting healthy human values - instead the Koran remains the guiding text for the faith and is riddled with lessons about a woman's role as servant, a child's status as sexual partner, and the foreigner's role as enemy.
Although the Bible is also an old text out-of-touch with what we understand humanity to represent, the New Testament at least attempts to bridge a gap from the Old Testament's disheartening wrath of God parables. Furthermore, as Christianity has reformed, there have been sects that actually go completely against the literal word of the Bible, and some churches have an open acceptance to female leaders, homosexual leaders, homosexual congregation, etc.. Islam has yet to show a desire to be more easygoing about the "letter of the law" as etched in scripture.
I believe that an elderly Muslim woman would be genuinely distressed and traumatized by having to remove her religious garb or other symbols that represent her devoutness to her faith. The brainwash is complete for her and her practice of misogyny and servitude to men is not a neophyte expression - it is her fundamental lifestyle. However, young Muslim women who live in a democratic nation have the right to be protected by their government. Millions died over centuries across many nations to secure those kinds of rights. Most young Muslim women would choose not to wear head scarfs when the men don't have to wear them. They would choose to be able to do what the men can do, and the West through blood, sweat, and tears fought for women to believe that this attitude is correct.
Do we now forego freedom temporarily because the Left has more insidious plans for integrating Islam into its collective? Despite it being an unconscious drive, I'm still afraid that we cannot abide this collectivist socialist programme, and for shame to all the leftists that believe their position is acceptable, or even righteous. There is no waiting period on freedom so that one political faction can have an ideal chance at converting new members to their cause and congregation. There is freedom now in free countries. And so I support Bill 21 provided that it distinguishes the age of the citizen affected. I would say that the average ago of a new mother marks a woman as likely to have been fully incorporated into a patriarchal system if that is the cultural dominant for that particular society/community. That then should be the age used to make religious symbols optional.
If grandma wants to wear her niqab in court then let her because you actually make things worse by distressing her and pushing her away from the West and back toward medieval Islam. However, you also can't make it optional for younger women because don't forget that they live in oppressive patriarchal communities and families, and they don't get to choose. If choice is the mandate then it is the man who is choosing for the woman in Muslim communities. Instead, the state asserts democratic rights with a "grandfather clause" for those who are understood as already entrenched in the pervasive inequities of their faith.
If we felt for a moment that young Muslim women appreciated the patriarchal dictates of their faith then we might back off, but we need only look at Iran before and after the revolution in 1979 to know that women were enslaved by the doctrine of Islam. The West lost a million Americans to stop slavery, how can the West now reverse that? For shame on all of the feminists that put aside the current injustice because they see a brighter future for their faction a few decades from now. They do not get to circumvent the actual rights we attained for the potential gain of their ideological-based faith.
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