Friday, September 25, 2015

Stop sharing the false -- and racist -- Ontario niqab driver's licence meme

Have you seen this meme circulating around Facebook and the internet the last few days?

It purports to show a woman on an Ontario driver's licence  wearing the niqab -- a religious headdress a very small number of Islamic women in Canada wear and that is being shamefully used by some politicians as a dog-whistle in the current federal election.

Usually the meme will be accompanied by countless outraged comments and idiotic hand-wringing about "Canadian identity", "values", "this would never be allowed for us" etc.

Well, the meme is total photoshop bullshit. First the licence clearly has the sex as male. But, more importantly, you cannot get a driver's licence issued in Ontario with a photo that has you wearing a niqab covering your face.

From the Ontario government's webpage related to this:

 As of May 2013, you only need to renew the photo on your driver's licence every 10 years. If you need a new photo, you need to visit a ServiceOntario centre to have one taken.
The picture on your photo I.D. must be:
completely visible
free of any obstructions
a neutral expression
Headwear worn for religious or medical reasons can be worn, but must not cover any part of your face.
You may be asked to remove any head or face wear (e.g., eyeglasses) when taking a photo for government-issued identification.

Clear enough?

There are very real issues in this election. The niqab is not one of them. And sharing racist, dog-whistle, inaccurate rubbish like this is a disgrace.

14 comments:

  1. The niqab is NOT a religious headdress.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/raheel-raza/niqab-burka-ban-canada_b_8189112.html?ncid=fcbklnkcahpmg00000001

    "The niqab and burka have nothing to do with Islam.

    They're the political flags of the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, the Taliban, al-Qaida and Saudi Arabia."

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    1. you obviously have no idea what you are talking about brian m

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    2. If indeed, as you say, the "niqab and burka have nothing to do with Islam. They're the political flags of the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, the Taliban, al-Qaida and Saudi Arabia, why did the niqab and burka exist long before Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, the Taliban, al-Qaida and Saudi Arabia?

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    3. Brian is correct. It is not.... NOT a religious requirement or command. It's cultural but nothing to do with beliefs.

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  2. read this,Michael, written by a frikkin muslim woman and would know...... http://www.torontosun.com/2015/09/15/ban-niqab-burka-in-all-public-places
    "But in the 25 years I have called Canada home, I have seen a steady rise of Muslim women being strangled in the pernicious black tent that is passed off to naïve and guilt-ridden white, mainstream Canadians as an essential Islamic practice.The niqab and burka have nothing to do with Islam."

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  3. "When, as happened recently in France, an attempt is made to coerce women out of the burqa rather than creating a situation in which a woman can choose what she wishes to do, it's not about liberating her, but about unclothing her. It becomes an act of humiliation and cultural imperialism. It's not about the burqa. It's about the coercion. Coercing a woman out of a burqa is as bad as coercing her into one." - Arundhati Roy. I would add that, from my perspective, this looks like white men bullying brown women simply because they can. It's racism and sexism rolled into one tidy package.

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    1. Yeah because this is only an issue for white men.. don't you think that's a little racist and sexist for that matter?

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    2. Yeah because this is only an issue for white men.. don't you think that's a little racist and sexist for that matter?

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  4. Either way, no head or face covering should be a lower when getting your canadian citasen ship, drivers license, or any form of governmental document.

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  5. Last time I checked, Islam was a religion, not a race.
    Get off the BS race card just for shock value.

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    1. The face cocoons have nothing to do with their religion. None at all

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  8. Now a days... Instead of "raghead"... It's now "ragface"... Lmao!

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