Monday, February 22, 2016

What Is Canada Doing Celebrating Hijab Day? - Shabnam Assadollahi



by Shabnam Assadollahi

  • The outrage is that Hijab Solidarity Day will be taking place under the auspices of the City of Ottawa, the capital of Canada. It is not the role of a democratic government to celebrate religious symbols or to help religions proselytize.
  • The government's acceptance of an Ottawa Hijab Solidarity Day amounts to accepting a radical legal system that is completely contrary to Canada's democratic values, and crosses the line that separates Church and State. Endorsing the hijab is endorsing the first step of an extremist ideology that leads to and condones honor killings, female genital mutilation (FGM) and the oppression of women.
  • In 2007, Aqsa Parvez, a 16-year-old Pakistani Muslim living in Toronto, was strangled to death by her father. Her crime was that, as a free woman in Canada, she chose not to wear a hijab. In another case in Canada, in 2012, four Muslim women were murdered by their own family for refusing to wear a hijab and preferring Western clothing.

This Thursday, February 25, 2016, the city of Ottawa will be holding a public event celebrating the hijab, Islam's physical repression of women.

The City for All Women Initiative (CAWI) organization, backed by the City Council of Ottawa, is hosting the Ottawa Hijab Solidarity Day celebration, also called "Walking with Our Muslims Sisters," at City Hall. According to CAWI, the main purpose of this event is to encourage non-Muslim women to wear a hijab to understand life as a Muslim woman.

The outrage is that such an event will be taking place under the auspices of the City of Ottawa, the capital of Canada. Under Islamic Shari'a law, the hijab is an expression of the suppression of women and is used as a tool to persecute women by their male counterparts.

For many secular and former Muslim women, the hijab is anything but a symbol of freedom. The hijab serves as a physical daily reminder that they, women, are second-class citizens in the eyes of Islam.

Proponents of the hijab threw me into an Iranian prison for 18 months when I was 16, for protesting Islamic extremism. My family and I were forced to flee; we finally found refuge in Canada.

I have since worked to expose the truth about the Shari'a-guided regime of Iran, as well as advocating for the emancipation of minorities and women.

While critics of CAWI's event, including myself, have been wrongfully characterized as "Islamophobes," this could not be further from the truth. A woman in Canada has the right to wear what she chooses -- but why celebrate the hijab, any more than the crucifix or a skullcap? It is not the place of government to do that.

In Iran, where I was born, women are slowly beginning to stand up against the regime's Shari'a-minded repression. One group, My Stealthy Freedom, describes itself as "an online social movement where Iranian women share photos of themselves without wearing the hijab."

The fact that Muslim women in Iran go to such dangerous lengths, risking arrest and even death, to take a stand against their own religion's oppression is in itself a significant act.

Forcing women to wear a hijab is not unique to Iran. In Afghanistan and some parts of Saudi Arabia, women face beatings, fines and even worse outcomes for showing their hair. In 2002, in Saudi Arabia, "religious police stopped schoolgirls from leaving a blazing building because they were not wearing correct Islamic dress... the headscarves and abayas (black robes) required by the kingdom's strict interpretation of Islam." Fifteen girls died in the fire and more than 50 others were injured.

In a practice inaugurated by Muslims, purdah, women are shut away from society, literally imprisoned by their own families.

While one may assume that the persecution of Muslim women by Muslims does not take place within Canada's borders, facts state otherwise. In 2007, Aqsa Parvez, a 16-year-old Pakistani Muslim living in Toronto, was strangled to death by her father. Her crime was that, as a free woman in Canada, she chose not to wear a hijab.

In another case in Canada, in 2012, Afghan-born Mohammad Shafia, his wife and their son were found guilty for the honor killing of the Shafia's three daughters - Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13 -- as well as Mohammad's second wife, Rona Mohammad Amir, 50. All four women were murdered by their own family for refusing to wear a hijab and preferring Western clothing.

In 2007, Aqsa Parvez, a 16-year-old Pakistani Muslim living in Toronto, was strangled to death by her father. Her crime was that, as a free woman in Canada, she chose not to wear a hijab.

The government's acceptance of an Ottawa Hijab Day amounts to accepting a radical legal system that is completely contrary to Canada's democratic values, and crosses the line that separates Church and State. Endorsing the wearing of the hijab is endorsing the first step of an extremist ideology that leads to and condones honor killings, female genital mutilation (FGM) and the oppression of women.

When this author wrote an open letter written to Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, by way of response, his spokesman told the Ottawa Sun that the mayor will not intervene "in this difference of opinion between this individual and the event organizers" since the event "conforms with relevant policies... It is not my role to tell people what they should wear." And it is not the role of a democratic government to celebrate religious symbols or to help religions proselytize.

Perhaps the Ottawa government would like to hold celebrations for "Ottawa Crucifix Solidarity Day," "Ottawa Kippah Day" and "Ottawa Parsi Turban Day"?

The City of Ottawa, the capital of Canada seriously needs to reconsider its support for CAWI's event.

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Shabnam Assadollahi, who had to flee from Iran for protesting Islamic extremism, is a human rights activist based in Canada.

Source: http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/7464/ottawa-hijab-day

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Feb. 27, 2016

Canada's new government & P.M. Justin Trudeau,know exactly what they're doing by celebrating the support given to them by Canada's 1.3 million strong {and notoriously dysfunctional} Muslim communities in the October 2015 national election. Because P.M. Trudeau really pandered to their demographic strength,Obama/Hillary style. It's Canada's "official Jewish leaders and media" who are afraid to "get it" openly. P.M. Trudeau and his inner circle of advisors are only following a Quebec first agenda: Which is antithetical to Canada's geopolitical integrity and cynically indifferent to the interests of Canada's Jewish communities. And why shouldn't they be ? For almost 20 years, poll after poll has demonstrated that Quebec's voters are far more supportive of the "palestinian" cause than any other comparable demographic on the North American continent. And Quebec's diplomatic and civil service "elite" are 'celebrated' by the u.n. and the international left for their contributions of personnel to the u.n.'s most toxic agencies. e.g. their "human rights" council, refugee agencies, and unesco.
But that also makes perfect political sense. Because these same personnel have long ago worked out a "qid pro-quo" arrangement with the u.n.'s { Muslim diddled} bureaucracy. When Quebec chooses to secede unilaterally from Canada, within her existing boundaries, the U.N. will almost unanimously & instantly recognize it. Just look at a map to see the consequent bisection of Canada.
Why should Canada's government give a damn about what Canada's "official" Jewish leaders of less than half a million Jews think?
Canadian Jews are in for the worst "squirm" at the hands of their government since the dirty nineteen-thirties. Muslim "advisors" and appointments have already been inserted strategically into Canada's most sensitive places in a truly interesting way.
Vae victus ?

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