Is Canada Committing Cultural Suicide?

Oct 24, 2017 by

by William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine:

The good news is that ISIS has been defeated in Mosul and Raqqa, and may soon be driven entirely out of Iraq and Syria. The bad news is that Islamists continue to pile up victory after victory on the home front.

The home front war is basically a culture war. Islamists are winning it because they understand the nature of the war. The West is losing because its leaders have only the vaguest awareness that they are under attack. Let’s take Canada as a case in point. And let’s start with one of the rare instances of a Western victory in the culture war—Quebec’s face-cover ban.

In October, Quebec lawmakers passed a law barring public workers from wearing the niqab or burqa, and obliging women to unveil while using public transit or receiving government services. In defense of the measure, Philippe Couillard, the premier of Quebec said “We are just saying that for reasons linked to communication, identification, and safety, public services should be given and received with an open face…you speak to me, I should see your face, and you should see mine. It’s as simple as that.”

That’s sounds reasonable. Yet, it’s widely expected that the new law will be challenged in courts. It has already been challenged by Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau who said, “I don’t think it’s the government’s business to tell a woman what she should or shouldn’t be wearing.” (That also sounds reasonable until you consider that most governments have public decency laws which require that both men and women should be clothed when in public.)

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