Canadian laws should be changed to require women to "cover themselves" to prevent sexual assaults, says an Islamic street preacher in Toronto.By which he means other cities would follow burqa (ba dum pum).
Al-Haashim Kamena Atangana, a 33-year-old Islamic convert, called for legal change in response to recent sex attacks at York University.
Atangana is connected with a group called Muslim Support Network and is one of a number of street-corner clerics commonly seen at the Yonge and Dundas Sts.
In an e-mail to the Toronto Sun, Atangana said "the reason ... these sex attacks are continuously happening is because (of) Canadian laws, which give too much freedom to women" when it comes to how they dress.
"You should take your example from the way Muslim women dress," he wrote. "Why does (sic) Muslim women who wear long dress and covers her head aren't targeted for sex attacks?"
The clash between western culture and values and the beliefs of some Muslim adherents has been a source of controversy and conflict across North America.
Atangana, who plans to distribute his views on paper in the coming weeks, went on to state that "the reason ... a woman gets raped is because of the way she (dresses)," and suggests that "Toronto (become) the first city in North America to introduce laws that would make it illegal for women to dress provocatively."
If Toronto did this, Atangana said in an interview, other Canadian cities would follow suit...
Instead of changing Canada to conform to sharia, why doesn't he emigrate to a land where such dress codes are already in effect?
Update: The flipside of burqa guy--Yasmin S. Loubani of Ottawa, who wants to ban the hijab:
Canadian multiculturalism embraces different cultures within its secular, pluralistic Canadian society. It was never designed to preserve inequality, or cultural/religious dissent among communities.Very well said, Yasmin.
Banning the public wearing of the hijab is an essential part of asserting individual rights, including Muslim women attaining equality. Within Muslim societies, discriminatory cultural constitutions and biased mentalities deny women their individuality, privileges and personal security and make them symbols of honour, leading to domestic abuses, polygamy, marital rape, honour killings, etc., all under the guise of Islam.
Cultural relativists may enjoy that cute nine-year-old Muslims girls are allowed to wear hijabs to play soccer. However, when these young girls reach puberty, will they be equally romanticized as they pray behind men or accept that adult women "live behind" a niqab and are rendered dependent on their men or the state for their livelihood and existence? Just as radical Islamists distort Islam, multiculturalism is being distorted by some Canadians, Muslim and otherwise, to promote ideologies detrimental to all Canadians, especially Muslim women.
The hijab is a component of Sharia laws created by Muslim Arab society to protect their familial, tribal powers and hierarchies. The hijab in a multicultural society is not benign. It is a brand for a political system, a live logo for radical Muslims to proclaim their Islamist political system on free and democratic Western countries.
Until Muslim women assert themselves and take responsibility for their individual destiny, they will sadly continue to be symbols to be defined and used by radical Muslims, Islamist regimes and their ideologues to promote a regressive socio-political agenda.