The banning of the veil started to spread in more European countries and in more continents of the globe. Canada’s government has introduced a ban on wearing the veils while swearing the oath of citizenship. The government claims that the law is above religious beliefs; thus everybody must show their face when swearing the Canadian citizenship oath. In this way, people can be sure that the ceremony is performed properly, since citizenship judges complained that veiled applicants were not reciting the oath during the ceremony.
The head of the Muslim Council of Montreal accused the government for dividing the Muslim population of Canada into two opposing groups with such a law: those who are against the ban of veils and those who are not opposed with such a law. Some may argue that people are already divided into opposing groups depending on their beliefs; however a law always stimulates the “situation” even more.
The argument that has been heard so far is that the ban of the veil conflicts with religious freedom: the freedom to practice religion as tradition tells us to. Some may argue that it also conflicts with human rights, since the veil can be viewed as an individualistic style of dress. The Supreme Court of Canada introduces a new “issue” with people wearing the veil. Lawyers and judges investigating a rape case are questioning whether rape accusers can testify under veil. How reliable fair will such a trial be?
The Canada government is considering of a wider ban on veils in government offices, schools and hospitals.