Monday, December 12, 2011
Jason Kenney's Ridiculous War on the Veil
OK. So I'm not a big fan of religion, and I'm not a big fan of the burqa or the niqab. But then as you know I'm not a big fan of Jason Kenney either.
So I find his new war on the veil totally ridiculous.
It seems unlikely that a woman would go to the trouble of applying for citizenship, taking the test and paying the fee without a genuine desire to be classed as a Canadian citizen — just so she could secretly get away with not saying the oath.
And not just for all those excellent reasons, but also because even if nobody was wearing a veil at one of those mass swearing in ceremonies, how would we know that anyone in the room was REALLY reciting the Citizenship Oath?
I mean have you ever seen a group of Canadians singing O Canada? At first glance they would all seem to be singing the national anthem.
But if you were a lip reader you'd realize they were really singing something like this:
Oh Canada my home and native land.
La la de dum. We stand on guard for thee.
La la la la, my home and native land.
Ta da te dum tum tum.
Because they know that when in a crowd, as long as they keep opening and shutting their pie holes, nobody will know the difference.
I mention this because a lip reader has just examined the tape made by Rick Perry, a Christianist fanatic like Kenney.
You know this tape...
And discovered that it wasn't an anti-gay message after all...
The gay Jew who supported the Communist Party.
So now I'm thinking eh? If you can't trust what you see and hear, what difference would a veil make? And what is Kenney's problem?
Is it an attempt to distract us from other more important stories like Attawapiskat, or Kyoto?
Or is it just bigotry?
Why should administering a citizenship oath be so problematic?
Unless, of course, the government is simply singling out a tiny number of women to curry favour with the majority. But that would be bigotry. Kenney believes in “full and equal” membership in society. A good place to begin would be to resist the impulse to punish those who are different – however much we disagree with their beliefs.
And I'm sure you know what I think eh? All of the above.
The Harper Cons; distracting the dumb, and dividing the country.
One wedge issue at a time...