Are Hijabs Dangerous or Is Quebec Only Close-minded?
by cynthiachu on September 4, 2013 - 11:18pm
It is not the first time that Medias have reported event linked to religious or even racial discriminations. What really made me curious about reading this article is to know that people from different religion such as Muslims are being rejected from soccer leagues because they are wearing religious symbols such as headscarf.
In the National Post article, the journalist shares the story of a little Muslim girl in Gatineau (Quebec) who was expelled from her soccer team because she only wanted to play soccer and wear her hijab at the same time. Thereafter, this story has ben widespread and many people and groups, such as the Canadian Soccer Association, have denounced the Quebec Soccer Federation’s excuse saying that hijab may hurt another player on the field.
Strangely, Quebec is the only place in Canada to forbid their players to wear headscarf in a soccer league. In fact, the International Football Association Board, for instance, has recently allowed the wear of hijab on soccer fields by assuring that there is no medical proof that hijab may cause injury to others.
I think that, since the International Football Association Board has affirmed that hijab on soccer field can do no harm, I do not know how people could think of other valid reasons to forbid Muslim kids to play soccer. Moreover, i do believe we live in a world where one has the right of freedom. If not, it may violate the second article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaiming that everyone is entitled to have all the rights and freedom without being distinguished by their race or their religion. So, surely, I do think that anyone, even the little girl from Gatineau, could play soccer even when wearing a headscarf.