6 October 2015

PEGIDA Canada Wants Niqab Ban Because it Symbolizes Violence and Oppression Against Women; Justifies Assault on Woman Wearing Niqab

One of the claims of groups like PEGIDA Canada is that they are not against Muslims, but against "militant Islam," "Islamism," "shariah law," and any number of adjectives to justify their bigotry. On the current political wedge issue, the niqab and whether or not it should be permitted during citizenship ceremonies, PEGIDA Canada suggests that the real concern they have is the poor women forced to wear the niqab which they further claim is a symbol of violent male oppression against Muslim women. PEGIDA Canada and like-minded groups want to liberate women from oppression and violence and one way to accomplish this is to ban the niqab (as well and the burka and hijab, but it's all grist for the mill).

It's good to know that there are organizations out there like PEGIDA Canada. They, and their supporters, really just want women to be free from violence.

So, when this occurred in Toronto, you know that PEGIDA Canada and their supporters were outraged by the violence visited upon the women in the story:

Muslim convert attacked while wearing niqab in Toronto
SEAN FINE - JUSTICE WRITER 
Globe and Mail (Correction included) 
Published Sunday, Oct. 04, 2015 9:34PM EDT 
Last updated Monday, Oct. 05, 2015 11:41AM EDT

Her roots in Canada stretch back through her francophone mother to the 1600s. Last week, wearing her Islamic face veil – the niqab, which has become a central issue in the federal election – she says she was trying to enter Shoppers Drug Mart at Toronto’s Fairview Mall when a man carrying a liquor-store bag blocked her path and then drove his elbow hard into her shoulder, in front of her two daughters, ages nine and four.

“It hurt, yo,” Safira Merriman, 30, said in a Facebook post describing the incident.

The identity issue playing out in election debates and in courtrooms is now being felt in the streets, shopping malls and on social media, as disparaging remarks and even outright assaults draw attention to a charged political environment.

“On social media, already we’ve seen a huge spike of what appears to be anti-Muslim sentiment being expressed,” said Amira Elghawaby, a spokeswoman for the National Council of Canadian Muslims in Ottawa. She mentioned a Montreal website that posted a 15-minute montage of “people spewing anti-Muslim” feeling....

So, how did the folks at PEGIDA Canada respond?

Predictably.


"I would be interested in hearing this mans [sic] perspective."

Let's examine this for a moment. Had the women been a non-Muslim and the man a Muslim, do you think PEGIDA Canada would be interested in hearing his side of the story? Or would it confirm a pre-existing negative stereotype? For that matter, given what is known, how would an assault on any women be potentially justifiable in any way in the first place?

This is the crux of the issue, and we know our readers are already aware of the reality of what PEGIDA Canada and groups like them are really all about. They are a hate group. Pure and simple and no amount of obfuscation will change that fact. To further illustrate this truth, here are the remainder of the comments that were left on the Facebook group, most of which minimize, justify, and rationalize assaulting the woman in the story:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

But remember, PEGIDA Canada and their supporters just want to end the oppression of women.

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