Discussion about the hijab is ongoing. Last week, CBC announced that McGill student Soumia Allalou’s request for women-only hours at the university gym is causing an “uproar.”
According to CTV News,
Allalou said her religious beliefs exclude her from exercising in the presence of men, but added that all women would benefit from having the option of working out during exclusive hours.
Today, Atheist Freethinkers (AFT) published its latest blog post asking readers to support Judge Marengo. Marengo is the judge who dismissed Rania El-Alloul’s case because El-Alloul refused to remove the hijab she wore in court:
The same rules need to be applied to everyone. I will therefore not hear you if you are wearing a scarf on your head, just as I would not allow a person to appear before me wearing a hat or sunglasses on his or her head, or any other garment not suitable for a court proceeding.
We must support judge Marengo because her decision is eminently reasonable, refusing to accommodate an arbitrary behaviour based on religious motives. The judge thus refused to discriminate on the basis of the religion of the person appearing before her court. . . .
The writer goes on to say,
With this decision, the judge reminds us that a religious symbol is just clothing – and clothing can be removed or changed. This very simple lesson is one which multiculturalists would nevertheless like us to forget, obsessed as they are with the promotion of religious privilege (which they falsely call a “right”). An Islamic veil – or any other religious symbol, sign or article of clothing – deserves no more consideration than a lapel button for a political party, or a pastafarian’s colander worn as a hat, or a tinfoil cap worn in order to keep extraterrestrials from reading one’s mind.
Please read the whole post on the AFT website and sign the petition to support the judge.
Note: As you will see from my comment at the bottom of Blog 52, I support AFT and Judge Marengo.