Freedom of religion defended

Writer proud to live in a Canada that honours all religions.

Regarding Alli Graham’s letter, “Canada should not compromise on niqab issue,” I wholly disagree with her position.

Canada offers freedom of religion to all of us – whether our families have been here for generations or we are new immigrants.

For Muslim women, this may mean a choice to cover their faces with the niqab in public. I personally do not agree with their choice, but I absolutely support their right to dress in a way that follows their understanding of religious guidelines.

Those who are fighting for that right have agreed that they would uncover themselves in a private setting for the purpose of identification prior to a Citizenship oath. To refuse them citizenship in Canada is a clear example of religious intolerance.

I wish to live in a Canada that honours all religions.

Yvonne Walmsley



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