The Backlash From Niqab Case Thrusts Lawyer Into The Heat Of The Controversy
With so much going on around the globe, it is difficult to remain prejudicial-free. We, as human beings, are conditioned to stereotype people. It is an evolutionary tool that is supposed to help keep us safe and to protect us.
The brain was created with the capacity to remember and categorize things to quickly form decisions when we need to. Is there any wonder that over the past several years, some people have formed anti-Muslim sentiment?
Lawyer Lorne Waldman could have never anticipated the firestorm that would result from simply doing his job and defending his client. It has brought to the forefront the question about who we are as Canadians and what we value about human rights. The Niqab case has made all of us take a closer look at our beliefs and prejudices.
When Prime Minister Harper proposed the Niqab ban, there were those who flooded in defiance of it and those who marched in opposition. Harper’s argument was that the Niqab is a national security issue.
If a Muslim woman can shield her face, then there was no way to ensure that you have the right individual. If there is no way to gain a picture for identification, then things such as a driver’s licenses have no validity.
Those who stood against the ban argued that it was anti-religion and went against everything that a free-Canada stands for. If a Niqab is a signal of a woman’s lack of right not to choose in a Muslim country, not being able to wear one in Canada is against her right in just the same manner. In both instances, she is being oppressed against her wishes.
Lawyer Lorne Waldman had no idea what he was getting himself into when he proclaimed on live television that people should live in harmony with one another and accept their differences.
That included living with the right for Muslims to go along with certain components of their faith, and for the rest of us to be tolerant. Insisting that, part of being a free country means allowing citizens the freedom to wear what they want, his statement did not go over well in certain political circles.
There are some that insist that if Canada is to be free, they can’t accept people into the country who will only live outside of the laws that are agreed upon. The ruling that resulted in the victory of Justin Trudeau, Lorne’s client who opposed the ban, seems to have only added fuel to the building anti-Muslim fire.
Canada had, up until this point, believed that they were different from their European cohorts who are caught up in immigration problems and anti-immigration sentiment. Hard to stomach, Canadian citizens didn’t enjoy the unwillingness of immigrants not to want to assimilate. Many think that granting only a segment specific rights, against the potential safety of the majority, is not good policy.
The whole world seems to be on edge as terrorist acts plague both Muslim dominated and non-dominated world. The ban on Niqab became a major political issue in Canada as well as The United States as Seattle Criminal Lawyer, Robert Rhodes will attest. Quite arguably one of the biggest reasons for the liberal party’s success this past election. The platform of the Conservative party seemed to be too stringent, too hard-lined, and too anti-immigration for most Canadian voters.
That doesn’t mean that everyone is on board with the reversal of the Niqab ban. In fact, it is an issue that seems to be dividing a nation along party lines. As fears heat up around the globe, and catastrophes such as what recently happened in Paris are witnessed in the eyes’ of Canadians, it will be interesting to see how many people change their positions both one way or the other.
With so many refugees fleeing Syria and looking for refuge in other countries, it struck a national nerve when Canada recently changed their offer to take them in. Harper has offered to donate a considerable sum to help out those displaced. Pledging over $100 million to help, Harper has been resolved not to take any more refugees on Canadian soil.
There are some around the world who have scoffed at the measly 2,500 that Canada has taken in since 2014, but Harper seems unfeigned by the criticism. Insisting that his first commitment is to the safety of his country and the people he rules, he is willing to take the criticism.
Mr. Lorne, the lawyer responsible for the overturn of the ban, is taking it all in stride. Simply defending his client, he is beginning to recognize that it isn’t just about the Niqab debate, it is about an entire generation and how they are going to handle the crisis of Muslims around the world.
Can the liberals and the conservatives find a happy medium to the problems that will most likely only get worse before they get better? Only time will tell