Quebec Wants to Ban Religious Face Coverings for Government Workers

In its latest quest for “religious neutrality”, Quebec is taking another run at making it illegal for both government employees and members of the public to wear religious face coverings in government service offices.

The legislation, tabled Wednesday at the Canadian province’s legislature by the ruling Liberal party, aims to promote “adherence to State religious neutrality” by mandating that government services be provided to and by people with uncovered faces.

“We are convinced the way we are approaching this is respectful and will be a plus for society,” said Quebec Justice Minister Stéphanie Valée at a news conference on Wednesday. “We don’t judge people for their beliefs or absence of beliefs.”

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