Canadian Judge Tells Muslim Woman To Remove Her Headscarf !


A Muslim woman was reportedly told to remove her headscarf before a Canadian judge would hear her case.

Judge Eliana Marengo was said to have told Rania El-Alloul that the courtroom in Montreal is a secular place and she was not suitably dressed.

‘Hats and sunglasses for example, are not allowed. And I don’t see why scarves on the head would be either,’ it was claimed she said in a recording of proceedings, according to CBC News.

Rania El-Alloul was reportedly told to remove her headscarf by a judge before she would hear her case in Montreal

Rania El-Alloul was reportedly told to remove her headscarf by a judge before she would hear her case in Montreal

El-Allouk had attended court in a bid to have her car returned after it was seized by police.

Her son was reported to have been driving the vehicle with a suspended licence when he was stopped and it was confiscated by Quebec’s automobile insurance board.

The car was due to be kept for a month, but El-Allouk wanted the court to return it sooner, according to the broadcaster.

After the hearing she was said to have felt scared and ‘not Canadian anymore,’ CBC reported.

Her case was said to have been adjourned indefinitely.

Quebec’s Ministry of Justice did not immediately respond after business hours to a request for comment on the case. Judge Marengo could also not be reached for comment.

The incident was claimed to have happened in a courtroom in Montreal, Canada. Pictured: Montreal


The incident was claimed to have happened in a courtroom in Montreal, Canada.

The public display of religious symbols has been hotly debated in the predominantly French-speaking Canadian province in recent years.

In 2013, the pro-independence Parti Quebecois (PQ) government moved to ban public servants from wearing Muslim head coverings such as hijabs, Jewish skullcaps or other obvious religious symbols.

But the bill died when the PQ was defeated in a provincial election last year.


I’m not sure if the woman’s hijab could be considered a hat….. I guess we’ll see if the muslim woman presses charges of any sort.

The Judge was able to see the woman’s face and could identify her easily. I’m feeling this is a case of the judge pushing her own anti-islam opinions onto this woman. Which isn’t too surprising to me being that this happened in Quebec.

We Canadians live in a country that allows each our ethnic groups to keep their identity. Sikhs are allowed to wear their turbans and to carry their ceremonial daggers even into Parliament. They are allowed to wear their turbans even when they become RCMP! The Jewish folk are allowed to wear their yarmulke or to cover their head in public. Hutterites are allowed to wear their head coverings also.

What we don’t allow is the face to be covered during a citizenship ceremony or when doing banking transactions, getting pictures taken for ID, voting, or anything else that involves having to know what the person looks like.

I don’t understand why the muslim woman felt scared though. She should know that the French in Quebec have always treated those who are not French or caucasian in this way.

Unfortunately this judge didn’t do Canada any favors. I can see there being a big ruckus for the Federal Government coming soon about this.

~Blessed B~

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13 Responses to Canadian Judge Tells Muslim Woman To Remove Her Headscarf !

  1. I.R. Wayright says:

    I would only make an exception for a woman who has lost her hair due to chemotherapy. Otherwise, there should be no special rules for people who consider themselves special.

    • Blessed B. says:

      In Canada we have said that no one should cover their face….. this woman’s face was not covered in court. We do have freedom of religion and that does include those that others would not even consider a religion, such as paganism.

      Hutterite women cover their heads, so do Mennonites, Hindu, Sihk and ultra orthodox Jews.

      Since we are a multicultural country, we have to be a bit more open to cultural difference. Wearing a hijab doesn’t cause a problem. The problem comes about when the face is covered and they can’t be identified. This is what our latest Bill that was passed stipulated when muslim women are wanting to wear the niqab or burka during the Citizenship ceremonies, voting, etc.

  2. Kathy says:

    I’d agree BB, the judge was throwing her weight around in this case, and isn’t it odd that the lady didn’t have her face covered? That’s usually the problem with identity in cases like this, such as the lady applying for citizenship that you did a piece on.

    Maybe the judge is just as sick and tired of them as we are.

    • Blessed B. says:

      Not all muslim women cover their faces with a niqab. Like I have said before, there are many sects of islam…some are more stringent on what their women should wear.

      The judge just maybe sick of them but that’s her own personal problem. When she is representing Canadian Law in the courtroom, she doesn’t have the privilege of having her own personal problem with it. We haven’t banned the hijab in Canada and she should know this!

  3. JenZ says:

    I wonder if this will turn out to be a lie on the part of the muslim woman. There is plenty of precedent for that.

    Blessed B, please let us know if there us any follow-up report on this!

    • Blessed B. says:

      I haven’t been able to find anything about it being a lie. The lies we mostly hear are about someone attacking them or their mosques being vandalized. This one would have been fairly easy to catch. All one needed to do is find out when her hearing was scheduled.

      I’ll be doing a follow up story on this…so stay tuned!

  4. Garnet92 says:

    Speaking as an un-muslim here, what is supposed to happen to the woman if she did remove her headscarf? Is she supposed to burst into flames? Will she be destined to spend eternity in the fiery flames of hell? What is the punishment for removing a headscarf? Beheading? Seriously, I’d like to know why she couldn’t take it off to please the judge and put it back on after her case is heard?

    • I.R. Wayright says:

      I figure it’s to hide bruises from beating by her loving husband. Especially the garb that hides everything but the eyes.

    • Blessed B. says:

      Well….her family could do the honor thing on her, or beat the living snot out of her.

      The Judge didn’t have the right to ask such a thing of her. Head scarfs for religious reasons are not banned in Canada.

      This is a case of the Judge abusing her power in a court of law.

  5. CW says:

    When I saw the title to this post my first thought was, “Good for the judge!” but upon reading your comments, BB, I can see your point. This may come back to bite the judge but I can’t help but root for her anyways. There’s just something annoying about those who immigrate to countries where the cultural norms are so different from those that they feel tied to but they make no effort to fit in. Besides that her son sounds like a bum and it probably a terrorist in the making.

    • Blessed B. says:

      It may come back to biting the judge but seeing as it’s in Quebec…probably not.

      Who it is making problems for is the Harper Government now, since there is an appeal by the government with the case of the niqab being worn for citizenship ceremonies.

      I get annoyed with those also who refuse to fit in or assimilate to our values and principles. This muslim woman though wasn’t doing anything that I could tell that showed she was making no effort to fit in. She was in a Canadian court room…going through our legal process to get back her car that had been confiscated due to the stupidity of her son. Don’t know how old her son is but he’s still living at home I gather.

  6. Clyde says:

    Watch for the Canadian version of the Ass Clown Lovers Union to file suit in 3…2…1

    • Blessed B. says:

      LOL! Yep…it’s a wonder that the Judge hasn’t been told already that she’s going before the Kangaroo court ( Human Rights Commission) to answer for her faux pas and being sued by the muslim woman for thousands of dollars.