It is bad enough to have potential jihadist Muslims serving with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), but now, Muslim women have been given dispensation to wear a supremacist headbag while on duty. And why is it that Muslim women who insist on wearing jihadist headbags are being encouraged to apply for jobs in law enforcement?
Independent (h/t Jo P) The change is meant encourage MUSLIM ONLY diversity in the ranks of the so-called Mounties, who normally don a uniform that dates all the way back to the 1800s and includes a felt Stetson hat, the government said. (Look up the definition of “uniform”)
The outfit, which easily distinguishes the Mounties from other types of police officer and is regarded affectionately by many Canadians as a symbol of patriotic identity along with the maple leaf on the national flag, also includes leather riding boots and red serge tunics. (Adding a Muslim supremacist headbag to the uniform means it is now neither uniform, nor patriotic)
While the Mounties themselves were informed of the new policy at the start of this year, it was only formally unveiled by the Ottawa government this week.
It will be seen as Canada taking a stand against islamophobia and setting itself apart from other countries that remain politically uncomfortable with Muslim members of the community making their own choices about what kind of clothing attunes with their faith in which circumstances.
In particular, France is currently in tumult over the issue after a court in Nice on Monday upheld a ban on so-called ‘burkinis’ – a full body swimsuit chosen by some Muslim women when visiting the beach – on the grounds that they offend some non-Muslims and exacerbate tensions between the different faith communities.
The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, on Tuesday dismissed the notion of the country ever imposing a ‘burkini’ ban. “In Canada, can we speak of acceptance, openness, friendship, understanding? It is about where we are going and what we are going through every day in our diverse and rich communities,” he was cited as saying by AFP, the French news agency.
There have been roughly 30 recent cases of RCMP officers asking for some relaxation in the uniform rules, mostly men asking to wear beards again in accordance with religious tradition. There have as yet been no Muslim women stepping forward to apply for positions to take advantage of the hijab provision.
According to local media reports, the RCMP tested three different variations on the traditional hijab and eventually chose the one that was least likely to interfere with the women officers carrying out their duties while at the same time being comfortable.
The decision was approved by the RCMP commissioner and confirmed in a statement from a spokesman for the Public Safety Minister, Ralph Goodale.
“The commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) recently approved this addition to the uniform,” Scott Bardsley said.“This is intended to better reflect the diversity in our communities and encourage more Muslim women to consider the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as a career option.”
The RCMP is hardly the first to alter its stance with regard to head scarves for Muslim women. The metropolitan police forces of Toronto and Edmonton, both in Canada, had already given the green light for the hijab as have forces in several US states.