Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel

A tactic the Liberals know all too well.

What Justin Trudeau said:

 “So we should all shudder to hear the same rhetoric that led to a ‘none is too many’ immigration policy toward Jews in the ’30s and ’40s being used today, to raise fears against Muslims today,” ...

It is in reference to this:

The federal government has carried through on its promise to appeal a court ruling that invalidated a policy forbidding women from covering their faces when being sworn in as citizens.

In a notice filed Monday with the Federal Court of Appeal, lawyers for the minister of citizenship and immigration said a federal judge committed several errors in fact and law, including “misapprehending, misconstruing or failing to consider the evidence before the court.” ...

In a court ruling last month, federal Judge Keith Boswell deemed the niqab ban to be unlawful because it “interferes with a citizenship judge’s duty to allow candidates for citizenship the greatest possible freedom in the religious solemnization or the solemn affirmation of the oath.”

That prompted Prime Minister Stephen Harper to vow to appeal the ruling because covering one’s face while being sworn in is “not how we do things here” and is “offensive.”

What Canadians think:

Both Quebecers and other Canadians are united in opposition to the following being worn at work by public employees:

The burka : 90% of Quebecers and 62% in the rest of the country ...


The requirement of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to remove full face coverings during citizenship ceremonies is not onerous and is consistent with the customs and conventions of an open liberal democratic society such as ours. But the Federal Court, in a judgment delivered by Justice Keith M. Boswell, has now deemed this requirement unlawful.

The ruling was made in a case filed by Zunera Ishaq, a Pakistani national and a permanent resident in Canada since October 2008. Ms. Ishaq argued that removing her niqab (a full face covering worn by some Muslim women), as required by the CIC regulation, would be an infringement on her religious beliefs, which are protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. She claimed that as a devout Sunni Muslim who voluntarily follows the Hanafi school of fiqh, or jurisprudence, in Islam, her wearing of the niqab is a religious obligation and that its removal would infringe her religious freedom.

Ms. Ishaq asked the court to declare the CIC policy as inconsistent with the governing legislation under paragraph 2(a) and section 15(1) of the Charter. The relevant sections of the Charter refer to “freedom of conscience and religion” and equality rights.

But Ms. Ishaq’s claim that she is required as a matter of religious belief to wear the niqab is untrue. Neither Islam, nor Hanafi rites or jurisprudence as part of Islamic belief, make such a requirement obligatory for Muslim women. The wearing of the niqab by a small percentage of Muslim women is a modern custom turned into religious mandate and enforced by coercion in public by Muslim extremists in Pakistan and some other Muslim majority countries.

What the facts say:

What history says about Justin Trudeau's inflammatory accusation:

On May 13, 1939, the MS St. Louis of the Hamburg-America Line, set sail for Havana, Cuba, with 937 Jewish refugees from Nazi persecution among the passengers. Although they had all purchased legal visas, the Cuban government reversed its position due to the influence of the German government and, when the ship arrived in Havana, she was refused permission to berth. Confusion and panic spread aboard ship as many of the passengers knew what would likely happen to them should they have to return to Germany.

Captain Gustav Schroder made for Florida but despite the efforts of members of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s cabinet, the United States chose not to get involved, citing existing immigration guidelines pertaining to entry visas. In Canada, petitions were sent to Prime Minister MacKenzie King but once again, the quiet anti-Semitism of the era meant that the refugees were turned away.


In 1942, the 23-year-old Trudeau was a member of a "secret" revolutionary organization calling for a "national revolution." "The nation that will be reborn from the revolution" would be Catholic and French. Even in 1944, when reports of Nazi atrocities could no longer be dismissed as propaganda, Trudeau was full of admiration for the writing of the now infamous French anti-Semite Charles Maurras.


The future Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau came in 1960 and co-wrote a starry-eyed book, Two Innocents in Red China, which rejected reports of famine.

(transcribed from Mao: the Unknown Story, pg. 460)

What Jason Kenney said:

What day-to-day life for women not wearing any head coverings say:

A series of acid attacks on women in the historic Iranian city of Isfahan has raised fears and prompted rumors that the victims were targeted for not being properly veiled.


The Islamic State policing unit in Mosul severely disfigured the faces of 15 Iraqi women by pouring acid on them as a form of punishment after the women were caught without their faces being veiled appropriately, by ISIS standards, last weekend.

Shocking Rise in Acid Attacks in Iran Against Women Deemed 'Badly Veiled'
(photo credit here)

What could be a calculated jab at the Tories- specifically Harper-is just another unsubstantiated low-blow that might appeal to low-information voters but nauseate anyone else who can see what a shameful and stupid ploy this is.


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