posted on Jul, 2 2009 @ 03:30 AM
I think it is all about liberties of religion that was previously given that is causing all this stir...
Being born and raised in Montreal, I frankly cannot recall seeing any muslim women wearing the burka. Before I left the city, last stroll downtown
what I mostly saw was young muslim women wearing the hidjab, dressed trendy, carrying Ipods, cellphones or the latest electronic gadgets.
Note than in Quebec, muslims have all the freedom of religion they can wish for unless it interferes with everyone else day to day life. No, schools
and universities do not forbid them their daily prayers in their establishments but will not tolerate them washing their feet in
bathroom sinks before their prayer for it is deemed unsanitary. No one forbade them from asking for an extra bath sink in public bathrooms for it is
after all just an extra bit of plumbing but as far as washing feet in bathroom sinks, they can pray all they want but at the same time, they do not
have the right to gross out other people because of their religion. There is no schools or educational establishment to my knowledge
that will accommodate muslims with Halal meat. They wish to eat halal because of their religion, there are plenty of Halal butchery in Montreal. They
can bring their own lunch but the system will not bend over to accommodate muslims on their religious dietary needs.
Think it is all about learning about different customs and cultures and integration. If ghettos are allowed to form where most of the time, even the
police do not dare enter, this is when all control is lost, meaning, allowing a group, culture, to reproduce/import their way of living and imposing
it upon others by remaining secluded themselves, nothing can be learned and there is no integration possible.
As for the french president, he is way out of line. There is a "muslim" problem over there as he so blatantly put it because France was too liberal
with accommodations to begin with. When someone immigrate to your country, they have to be made aware that they are indeed leaving their own country
for another one and cannot expect to have the same laws, liberties and customs that they are used to. They should be encouraged to
blend in and integrate and not seek ghettos where they will find what they are accustomed to. And if any immigrants feels oppressed, stripped of their
liberties, outraged that a welcoming country will not accommodate them the way they feel that they should be accommodated, at the risk of sounding
racist, they can find another welcoming country or go back where they came from.
Sharia courts never flew in Canada because Canada already have their own Judiciary system in place. When you immigrate to a country, you must be
willing to accept the laws that are already in place and not push to create your own cultural laws.
Same goes for the ones of muslim faith in France. If the wearing of the burka is made illegal, either take it or denounce it as the beginning of a
totalitarian regime but either way, the muslims who emigrated to France did so on their own free will, no one forced them to move there and by making
a choice to leave their own country of origin, they are now bound by new laws. It is on them to integrate to their new country and not the other way
There is no Utopian society or country to this day. When you find a heaven where you will not be whipped for looking at another men, where you will
not have your hand cut off because you steal or vote for the candidate of your choice, where you will not be taken by force in the middle of the night
by any guerrilla/army to "serve", where you can have your own political views and opinions without fear of being shot/tortured/killed for your
ideology, then be grateful for having found such a place and even more grateful for being accepted as one of their own citizens.