Niqabs are in the news again. Stephen Harper wants them off during the Canadian citizenship ceremony. The whole thing is surely a tempest in a teapot, as there have been a grand total of two, count 'em, two women since 2011 who have refused to show their faces during the ceremony, but it has started occasionally ugly debates on the limits of what is generally known as "religious accommodation".
First off, I should mention that I really dislike the term "religious accommodation".
It evokes entirely the wrong imagery. When someone is being "accommodating" they are doing something active, something they …Read more