Quebec judge wouldn’t hear case of woman wearing hijab

Sungpyo Hong 10033072

Steve Rukavina’s story “Quebec judge wouldn’t hear case of woman wearing hijab” CBC News, Feb 26 2015. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-judge-wouldn-t-hear-case-of-woman-wearing-hijab-1.2974282

This article is about how a woman was denied a case for wearing her hijab. Quebec judge tells a woman wearing hijab that she is not “suitably dressed” comparing hijab to sunglasses and hats. He went on saying “The same rules need to be applied to everyone. I will therefore not hear you if you are wearing scarf on your head, just as I would not allow a person to appear before wearing a hat or sunglasses on his or her head, or any other garment not suitable for a court proceeding.” Steve Rukavina also talks about how the rules make no reference to headscarves. The author tried to make the article unbiased but he leaned towards the hijab lady. I believe hijab should be allowed. There is no religion that enforces wearing sunglasses or hats, that is why those can be banned in courtroom. However Hijab does not disrespect anyone and it is religious clothing. According to Canadian constitution we have the right for freedom of religion. How can we have laws that contradict with each other? How can we have freedom of religion and not be able to wear religious clothing. Also the judge cited article 13 of the regulation which states “Any person appearing before the court must be suitably dressed” how does this ban religious clothing? Many religions whether new or old tend to preach how their religion is the only true religion. However we live in a society that acknowledges other religions and respect peoples right to practice their religion. In north America we have many new religions such as Scientology, Moonies and etc. and they have community centers or churches. If they are allowed to be able to worship in north America this Quebec woman definitely have the right to hijab.

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