Monday, April 16, 2007

More Hijab Madness From Quebec

Yesterday evening I wrote that, in this particular instance, I had a certain amount of sympathy for the Tae Kwan Do tournament organizers who banned a team of hijab wearing girls for "safety reasons". However, as KNB pointed out, the team was wearing "sports hajibs" (pictured left), and in any case helmets cover the garment so there is no risk of it coming loose, or being used to choke the competitor. Furthermore, it takes the tournament referee about three sentences to undermine his own stated rationale:




International referee Stephane Menard said on Sunday that the decision was made for safety reasons, and that it came out of a referees' meeting in Longueuil earlier in the day.


Menard told the Canadian Press that the hijab isn't included under the equipment allowed under World Tae Kwon Do Federation rules.


"We applied the rules to the letter," he said.




Well, which is it? Was the team banned because of safety considerations, or because the organizers scoured the rule-book until they found a reason not to include them?


Yo Quebec: "reasonable accommodation" does not mean immigrants should have to accommodate themselves to being hassled because they're Muslim.
PS. The girl in the photo at the top of the post is, I think, wearing a sports hijab under her helmet. In any case, here is a picture sans helmet. Not sure it does much for me aesthetically, but...

16 comments:

the rev. said...

The sports hijab is the one on the right, the thing on the left is what people in the sports world call a "helmet"

Nice to see you change your tune, though, once the facts emerged.

bigcitylib said...

Isn't the one on the left wearing a gray hijab under the helmet?

Anyway, theres another picture I can post.

Ti-Guy said...

There have been too many stories like this coming out of Québec to think this isn't really anything other than a defense against what the pur laine think is a challenge to the "look and feel" of it (my) culture. It's the same kind of push for homogenisation and cultural preservation that prevented people from openly disliking Céline Dion earlier on, when she could have been stopped.

ottlib said...

This issue is easily solved.

Have the parents of the players sign a waiver stating that the organizers of any sporting event are not responsible for any injury that could result from wearing the hijab.

Put the responsibility on the player and her parents.

Then we can see if the organizers are really concerned about safety or whether they have other motives.

Anonymous said...

ottlib

I think motives are pretty clear allready, why expend additional effort to confirm what is obvious to most non-Quebecois.

Anonymous said...

I'm getting sick of this crap.

jmnlman said...

ottlib

Miners cannot have their rights signed a way except by provincial governments in extremely rare cases.

canuckistanian said...

the most basic thing that has been lost in the debate surrounding "reasonable accomodation" is that "reasonable" people don't have to waste their time talking about "accomodating" immigrants.

Anonymous said...

canuckistanian

I am going to guess that "reasonable people" won't whine when a vast majority of immigrants vote against the people who "don't waste time their time talking about accomodating immigrants"?

Anonymous said...

Instead of bowing to this chauvanistic and repressive ideology of making WOMEN cover themselves to that men aren't, um, 'tempted', let's take a different perspective. Let's say that all Muslim MEN should be mandated to wear a new religious symbol, called a blindfold, when out in public so that they will not be tempted. After all, they are being tempted by not only Muslim women.

They would be required to wear the blindfold as a sign of their devotion to their faith at all times in public, unless they are accompanied by a female relative or female family member. They would of course then need to be driven everywhere by women, and of course they could not work anywhere except the home where they could remove the blindfold.

Ti-Guy said...

Why stop at muslim men? Why don't we put blindfolds on all men, so that rump of them (social conservatives) don't freak out and go balistic when they see cleavage, bare mid-rifts, upper thighs and...dudes kissing?

Yup. Blind-folds. And duct-tape.

Anonymous said...

No just Muslim men. They're the one's who are so concerned about being tempted by women, not the rest of society.

I enjoy a bare midriff, a long leg, and a little bit too much cleavage. But I'm a conservative, so I like my women sexyyyyyy.

bigcitylib said...

Anon 2:52,

I thought you guys reproduced by asexual division.

Anonymous said...

Hey good point. Why would our open, progressive, women's-rights society want to empower a patriarchal, medieval, backwards and misogynist religious community in this way?

In the future are all Canadian women going to be told to wear a hijab so as to not offend Muslim men?

Ti-Guy said...

How about we let people wear whatever the hell they want?

Anonymous said...

Excellent! I'm going to start wearing a hogleg!