As we watch the debate in Quebec over banning public sector workers, including teachers, from wearing religious attire like the hijab & Sikh turban, it’s good to keep in mind that it is nothing but misogyny wrapped in Islamophobia hiding behind a phony-assed secularism. Nuns & priests in parochial schools will not be required to lay off their headgear or habits. If there is some kind of elementary democratic requirement for such secularism, why not the parochial schools too? Those who drag out the comparison with states like Iran that require hijab or niqab are willfully missing the point. It is not up to others to decide if women’s attire is oppressive. It is solely up to women themselves.