This is my question of the week - why are so many people incapable of separating their personal feelings about head-coverings from the legal question of equal rights??? I mean, I know why Harper and his minions are saying all this stuff - they are trying to use racism to win an election. But I can't fathom why so many Canadians don't understand this. Lots of people cover their heads for religious/cultural reasons. Lots of Jewish women don't show their hair, lost of Christian Nuns cover their heads, lost of muslim women also cover their heads. You are free not to like it. Shout your objections from the rooftops for all I care. But those personal objections are TOTALLY different from the idea of the government legally restricting what people can wear. And why do so many Canadians believe that equality means treating everyone the same? You just have to think about it for a moment if you have half a brain, to know that equality would only mean treating everyone the same if everyone WAS the same. Legal equality in the context of democracy must mean ensuring that everyone has the same types of opportunity to engage in the processes of the state regardless of their religion, their culture, their gender, their sexual identities, and their physical abilities. If people are so concerned about treating everyone the same in the citizenship ceremonies, then why don't they make sure that deaf people can't take the oath since they can't hear the judge, or make sure that we remove the accessibility to the ceremony because physically disabled people shouldn't receive "special" treatment. And why aren't Canadians rising in total disgust at Harper's claim that people are trying to "hide" their identities at citizenship ceremonies?? No one is trying to hide their identity! All the legal, identity stuff is dealt with before the swearing of the oath. There is usually a big room of people and the judge giving the oath really has no idea about the identities of the people in the room.
Let people wear whatever they want anywhere they want for all I care. I don't judge people on the colour of their skin, on the type of their clothing, but on the content of their character!
And I think that we should stop letting white men (or any men) tell women what they should and shouldn't wear.