Right? I mean, that is the standard he’s claiming to set, isn’t it? The reason burkhas and niqabs have to be banned from Canada isn’t because they make women too hot in the summer sun, or because they turn women evil, but because they represent a misogynist religious faith that preaches that God made men superior to women. That‘s what we think has no place in Canada, and not just some pieces of cloth. Oddly enough, it seems perfectly acceptable for a man who thinks God wants women to wear burkhas, and does everything in his power to make his wife or daughter wear one, can become a citizen. There’s no rule banning that.
So what exactly does our esteemed Minister of Immigration have to say in his own defence? You see, it occurs to me that Jason Kenney is a staunchly faithful Roman Catholic. According to his church, God didn’t make women and men equal, either. That’s why only men can be Popes. And bishops. And priests:
The masculine character of the hierarchical order which has structured the church since its beginning…seems attested to by scripture in an undeniable way… As a matter of fact, we see in the Acts of the Apostles and the epistles that the first [Christian] communities were always directed by men exercising the apostolic power.
I realize many Catholics don’t feel this way. But Kenney is a longtime conservative Catholic activist, and at least to my knowledge, he has never publicly denounced his church. He got his political start in San Francisco trying to ban pro-choice student groups from a university campus.
Now, lest I be accused of an anti-Popery polemic here, let me say that this has nothing to do with Catholicism specifically. There are plenty of Conservative MPs with backgrounds in conservative Protestant faiths in which women are not seen as fully equal, too, and every last one of them insists that the reason men get the positions of authority and women can’t is because God set up the church that way.
So here’s my demand. Jason Kenney, if you’re going to ban burkhas and niqabs, fine, go ahead. But before you do that, have the good sense to stand up and say, in public, that anyone who claims we should have any modicum of respect or loyalty or reverence for a God who teaches that men are superior to women is a disgraceful, backwards, misogynist s**t and that these primitive sexist beliefs have no place in the Dominion of Canada. And I want him to say that the Pope is counted in that number, because last time I checked, Benedict XVI was saying that ordaining women as priests was a “most serious crime,” ranking right up there with pedophilia.
Otherwise, Mr. Kenney, climb down off your moral high horse and stop pretending that you care one whit about liberating women from the oppression of religion. Because if the only difference between you and them is a disagreement over choices of headgear, frankly, that doesn’t impress me very much.Tweet