The RCMP is allowing female members to wear a hijab if they choose.
The move is intended to reflect the country’s diversity and encourage more Muslim women to consider a career with the Mounties.
The announcements comes while France’s highest administrative authority studies whether local bans on the burkini are legal.
Several towns in France have banned the full-body swimsuits, calling it a symbol of the enslavement of women.
Let’s show how much we respect women by telling them what they can and can’t wear.
The common thread among those in favour of the burkini ban, and echoed by those terrified by a full blown Islamic takeover are cries of assimilation.
— Olao (@Olua_AO) August 24, 2016
— Sam Malone (@SamMaloneUK) August 15, 2016
Problem is, forced assimilation is exactly why people are fleeing oppressive countries for greener pastures.
We, who based on sheer luck, randomly hit the jackpot and were born in Canada, love nothing more than to brag about our freedoms; boasting about how much better we are than those countries run by dictators. Yet, the hypocrisy of decreeing “assimilate or get out!” appears to be lost on some.
Similarly, speaking out against the repressiveness of the burkini or hijab and then regulating a woman’s attire is nothing short of a logical fallacy.
Make no mistake, this is nothing but case of discrimination against a group of people being held accountable for the actions of a few that hide under the guise of Islam.
Imagine a ban on white males being alone with a child. After all, pedeophiles in Canada and the U.S. are predominantly white males.
Should rosaries and crucifixes be banned because of the of the rampant sexual assault of children and subsequent cover-ups by priests, nuns, and members of the church?
The only thing that is factually indisputable, whether it’s an RCMP officer wearing a hijab or a woman wearing a burkini in France, is that your life will never be directly affected by how they choose to dress.
Xenophobia has everything to do with “patriotic” citizens being quick to nationalistically assert that the “aliens” have come to take over their country, their resources, their jobs and their culture — a culture, by way, that has been shaped by immigration in the first place.