"The chaos that preceded the Quebec election stigmatized a lot of people, and so a lot of people were actually scared to vote," said Sarah Elgazzar, a spokeswoman with the council.But let's not let such inconvenient facts get in the way of our rush to pander to the basest of prejudices. The Muslim veiled voter must be stopped at all costs.
Only a small number of Muslim women wear the niqab or burka, and they have never asked for special treatment, Elgazzar said.
Afifa Naz, an engineer in Montreal, wears a niqab but understands there are situations in which she must unveil. "This is not something we demand," she told CBC News. "We can accommodate the needs of society while practising our religion."
Naz said she's always taken off her niqab to identify herself before voting, and also removes it when passing through airport security or border crossings.
What a shameful spectacle.