Toronto police uniforms now include the hijab

via Police uniforms include the hijab | Columnists | Opinion | Toronto Sun.

Whether it’s worn by a police officer, hockey player, usher, or soldier, surely the ostensible reason for donning a uniform is to have, well, uniformity.

But things are changing in regard to uniforms at that ever-sensitive “service” formerly known as the Toronto police force.

Indeed, the police have announced they’re going to accommodate Muslim policewomen who want to wear the hijab on duty.

Some might hail such a move as another shining example of “reasonable accommodation”; others — count me among them — look upon this directive as another assault against Canadian traditions.

Yet again, a public institution appears to be bowing to the tyranny of political correctness — bending over backwards to accommodate certain individuals, some of whom are quite unaccommodating of western values.

The question arises: What’s driving this directive? Why is it important for the police to have hijab-wearing policewomen in the first place?

Contrary to widespread popular belief, the Qur’an doesn’t mandate Muslim women to wear the hijab.

In this regard, the apparel accommodation isn’t the same as allowing a Sikh to wear a turban.

(I’d also argue there’s an historical reason for permitting Sikhs to wear turbans, given that Sikh military brigades have long been an integral part of the British Empire.) If anything, the hijab is a political statement and a symbol of fundamentalism.

In some cases, a woman wearing such a headscarf is being pressured by her family to do so (case in point, the dearly departed Aqsa Parvez.) Either way, seeing such a garment as part of a police uniform is odd. Imagine if a citizen was to call the cops regarding a suspected honour killing in the neighbourhood and the policewoman who responds is decked out in a hijab? Would this not be unsettling?

Or a real honor killing: Multiple honor killings in Canada: “God’s curse on them for generations. May the devil … (expletive) on their graves … They betrayed Islam.”

Also, the police have surely put themselves in a sticky situation regarding haberdashery accommodation.

For example, if a female police officer demands that she be allowed to wear a niqab or a burqa, how could such a request possibly be denied, given the precedent that’s been set with the hijab?

Indeed, just how far do we take reasonable accommodation in the police department?

Do Muslim police officers reserve the right not to work with the Canine Unit, given that many Muslims consider dogs “unclean”?

Will ham sandwiches be banned from police stations due to dietary restrictions?

As well, is there not a profound double-standard at play here?

For example, here’s a scenario I’d find most amusing to observe: Imagine “Constable Duncan MacDonald,” who is of Scottish heritage, waltzes into the station tomorrow decked out in a ceremonial kilt, complete with sporran. How many nanoseconds would tick by before P.C. MacDonald is hauled before a supervisor and sternly disciplined?

Something is indeed rotten these days when it comes to sensitivity issues.

Consider the plight of Tarek Fatah. This moderate Muslim author has been subjected to written death threats from radical Muslims, yet the police have decided not to lay charges.

And, full disclosure: Last summer at Yonge Dundas Square, your correspondent was punched in the face by a hijab-wearing woman who objected to me taking pictures. Even though the assault was photographed and eye-witnessed, police declined to lay charges.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Off topic but related: Hijabi almost strangled to death after headscarf caught in dough mixer

19 Responses

  1. yes, they will also get rid of the k9 unit if it offends muslims. Mounties can wear turbans, but the muzzies may jihad over the turban.

  2. This is coming to a city near you in the United States! First the UK, then Canada, then the United States! I pray the Crusades comes soon! I would like to see ALL muslims dead!

  3. The world is at war with islam until we admit it they will keep they will keep on with crap. Death to Islam

  4. ” What’s wrong with this picture? “…( Everything! )

  5. Next thing you will see in CANADA is police RIDING CAMELS to answer complaint calls!!! LOCK AND LOAD.

  6. time to put on crosses ….

  7. When islam is imposing all their demand in our free world. WhY we are not demanding same things from the islamic world. Loosk like we are giving in due to terror .

  8. Let’s hope the Toronto police have enough money for the lawsuits which will be filed against them after the first pious muslima sues them for failing to provide for her safety when she is almost coke to death ny some criminal. Assign them to the motorcycles and hope they take Isadora Duncans’ route first time out. Problem solved.

  9. Why is every one scared of the muslums…have they some hidden power…they are after all scroungers…

  10. And, full disclosure: Last summer at Yonge Dundas Square, your correspondent was punched in the face by a hijab-wearing woman who objected to me taking pictures. Even though the assault was photographed and eye-witnessed, police declined to lay charges.

    What’s wrong with this picture? You should have returned the punch. Its not like these people can feel anything but hate, anyway You were assaulted, and the cops would still have done nothing. If they did, you would win in court.

  11. If I am not mistaken the u.s. military will allow women to wear the head scarf in uniform if the commanding officer say it is ok military uniform regs navy

  12. Mickey Mouse ears would be better……….or.Curious George ears…….It’s all Disney now.Pleas help us Bulwinke

  13. I don’t agree with muslims being allowed to join ANY of our forces, military or otherwise…they cannot be trusted as they hate us and plan our destruction and submission to islam

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  15. It seems the muslims want everything American or Candadian but on there scale. Uniforms are for safety and changing to include their form of dress will only offend people and in some cases make some madder being the circumstances. Why won’t they adhere to the common laws, I don’t see the reason. Regardless this is not helping any form of reasoning for muslims now or in the future.

  16. Kind of sickening why the TO police are giving in to the crap! Head covering or hijab means slavery from their barbaric man, and pedo prophet.

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