Ontario Court Justice Norris Weisman has ordered a Muslim woman to remove her niqab, full face veil, during the court proceedings in a sexual assault trial. After claiming her garment provided her comfort, when faced with it’s shedding she tried to convince the court that her garment was suddenly a religious requirement to which Justice Weisman rejected.
Editorials in Canadian newpapers have pointed to the collision of two basic rights: religious freedom versus the right of a defendant to face his (her) accusor. The burqa issue has once again resurfaced in the media with predictable arguments for and against and, rightfully so.
I on the other hand, am not going to be caught arguing the merits of the burqa trap as a feminista issue of freedom, as I believe any woman has the fundamental right to be as stupid or oppressed as she sees fit wearing as much or as little as she pleases. Instead, my concern with this case lies solely with the proper administration of justice in a Canadian court room. One fundamental principle at trial is the requirement that all participants be visible and to challenge this inherited, fine value is to mock it’s merit. This case has little do with the niqab and everything to do with sharia law vying for equal status within the Canadian judiciary system. As a means to this end, the niqab is effectivly worn by poster chicks living the Whabbist cause, a visible argument for Islamist priority. This woman herself chose religion as a fall back position, a cherry picking event popular by Islamists.
Predictably her lawyer, sharia advocates and leftists with little to do since Bush vacated the Oval Office, are seeking that Justice Weisman’s order be overturned. This is an important case for Canadians to pay attention to since it will set a precedent and has the potential to change the fundamentals to the proper administration of justice in the Canadian court room. Unlike the mockery of justice that dominates an Islamic courtroom, Canada’s inherited British system is a well functioning reflection of a long standing model that serves democracy and the accused with purpose, fairness and equality.
Sharia certainly has no place in Canada’s courtrooms and for that matter, in Canada at all.