In part of the analyses piece he states:
Boswell then ruled that wearing a niqab does not interfere in any substantive way with taking the oath, and that the minister of immigration does not, in any event, have the authority to summarily forbid wearing one.
As you would expect from a judge at Boswell's level, his ruling was antiseptic, almost surgical.
He is uninterested in why Ishaq interprets her religion as an obligation to keep her face covered in public; it is enough that she does, in the same way that ultra-orthodox Jews feel obliged to wear black hats and side curls, or some Roman Catholics feel compelled to walk around with crosses daubed on their foreheads on Ash Wednesday.
|Zunera Ishaq following court ruling on Niqab|
To take this to the Nth degree then, what the CBC's Neil Macdonald is saying is that we should then be able to say, do, wear and behave any way we want because as he says, and I quote, "... the decision of a grown woman, like Zunera Ishaq, to cover her face at a public ceremony is, well, the decision of a grown woman."
This is a BS arguement twisting the facts to suit his (McDonald's) own bias. Just because you are 'grown up' means little other than you have reached the age of majority. Age of majority does not necessarily equate, or equal, being able to have enough smarts to determine if something is right, or should be done
We do not have the right to do, say, wear and behave any way we want because we are grown women / men.
Society will always impose restriction to those things based on the safety, security, and well-being of all. There IS a difference between our democratic rights, and doing and saying whatever we want.