Gee whiz, as if things weren't be enough for Canada what with the UN all pissy towards us these days, we've really done it now and upset the Egyptians.
Egypt's Foreign Ministry sent a rep over to see Canadian Embassy officials in Cairo last week. The reason: an 11-year-old Canadian girl had been told to remove her headscarf or leave the field during a recent soccer tournament in Quebec. The Ontario resident had been wearing the attire with no problem in her home province.
Egypt's Ambassador to Canada felt he had to weigh in, too. "If you look at things from a world perspective, it is as if Muslim or Islam are under attac and under siege around the world."
Yup. That's right: Canada is attacking the Muslim world because a girl couldn't wear her hijab at a soccer tournament. The referee issued the order, citing regulations around safety. The referee, BTW, was MUSLIM.
It was, in my opinion, actually stupid to remove the girl from the field. Hijabs are not, in themselves, offensive or dangerous to others. If any safety risk existed, it was solely to the player. I suppose it is possible that someone, for instance, might have grabbed the loose end and choked the girl. But, in a country that allows Sikh policeman and soldiers to forego the usual headwear in favour of turbans, it doesn't seem illogical to extend the same courtesy to a young girl.
What is, of course, absolutely illogical is the premise that Islam is under attack in Canada or around the globe. Islam is the global leader in attacking people and objects of other faiths and there is absolutely no way to extend an argument claiming otherwise in today's world reality. From Australia to Sweden, Islam has turned itself into a major concern for the rest of the world.
It is also beyond pale for Canada to accept any criticism from a nation like Egypt which routinely abuses human rights, murders the government's political opponents, resists women's rights, blows billions of US aid every year on fomenting anti-US sentiment and even goes as far as to jail bloggers.
I sincerely hope that our country responds by calling in the Egyptian ambassador each and every time Egypt abuses any rights; he'll be spending the rest of his life on the carpet. We should start with the Canadian of Egyptian descent who the Egyptians recently arrested as an Israeli spy even though everyone knows the real reason he's imprisoned is because he's a homosexual activist.