It's bad enough the town felt it had to adopt a basic human rights conduct code, specifying things like, well you know, stoning, no hajib, a woman's right to drive -- you know the basics. Well no way say Muslim leaders. How dare you?
Critics: Quebec town's conduct code 'xenophobic' CTV.ca News
Almost everyone living in Quebec's tiny town of Herouxville is white, French-speaking and Catholic. But that didn't stop local officials from adopting a rule of conduct for immigrants.
Included in the code: women should be able to show their faces in public (aside from costumes worn on Halloween), and they should also be permitted to drive and write cheques.
Not unreasonable I'd say.
Women should also not be killed in public beatings or burned alive.
Critics call the code ridiculous and xenophobic, but Town Councilor Andre Drouin says he has received about 2,000 e-mails of support -- 700 more than Herouxville's population.
"We have just published a small document saying who we are and what's our standard," he told CTV News.
But some Muslim leaders have called the code a thinly-veiled example of xenophobia.
"Racism is coming out of the woodwork now, and it's not being obscure or subtle," said Salaam Elmenyawi of the Muslim Council of Montreal.
There's that damn word again. They cling to it. It's their free pass - pass go.