Thursday, August 9, 2007

Science: Religion Betrays Women

When science proves that wearing a Muslim veil is dangerous for a woman’s health, there’s no further need to have a philosophical debate. One can’t support women rights and multiculturalism at the same time.

Many Canadians will uphold that if a Muslim woman wants to wear a hijab, a niqab or even a burka, it is her right. After all, don’t you remember that Canada has an ethnic and religious ghettoization policy called the Canadian Multiculturalism Act? In addition to that, you can also talk about the fact that our Charter of Rights and Freedoms “shall be interpreted in a manner consistent with the preservation (sic) and enhancement (sic) of the multicultural heritage (sic) of Canadians (sic)” (article 27).

Since I’m a Canadian secular republican, I am against the display of religious symbols in “public” places (i.e. places used by citizens, regardless of their ethnicity). Obviously, I’m actually thinking about the Muslim veil worn by women, which is definitely a symbol of sexual segregation. All right! To be politically correct, I should mention that some Muslim women wear it because it’s “[their] choice”…


Again, that makes me laugh when I hear this load of funny things.

When science proves that wearing a Muslim veil is dangerous for a woman’s health, there’s no further need to have a philosophical debate. One can’t support women rights and multiculturalism at the same time.

In the French magazine Courrier International’s issue of the 19th to the 25th of July 2007, we can find at the end of the magazine a translated article of the Arabic newspaper Elaph saying what many Muslims just don’t want to hear.

First of all, a woman that has worn a Muslim veil for many years can have a breathing problem. As a matter of fact, a “woman [wearing the Muslim veil] breathes in a bigger quantity of CO2 [than any other women].” While thinking about the pulmonary problems that it creates, wearing a Muslim veil may cause a woman to have asthma.

Secondly, a Muslim veil also affects your sight because of the condensation. Indeed, “we notice that many women [who has worn the Muslim veil] since a long time” are often required to receive medical attention “for pulmonary affectations and ocular problems.”

Thirdly, a Danish medical study (led by none other than a woman) shows us that in the case of women who are entirely covered by that Muslim thingy, “their body’s absence of exposure to the sun […] causes a deficiency of vitamin D.” Besides, for all those angry multiculturalists (who are prone to call you a racist even when you’re not even one!) out there, do I need to remind you that a lack of vitamin D in your body increases your risk to have osteoporosis?

I know that many people will not miss an occasion to uncritically call me a racist. In other words, let's assume that science is racist, especially when it is practiced in the West! With such an amazing scientific argument coming from Denmark, it's about time that Canadian politicians give to this country a secular political regime that strictly separates religions and the state.

I'll leave some of you with one last question: if wearing a hijab is "your choice", is it also "your choice" to be in a bad physical condition?

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