Quebec’s bill to ban religious symbols sparks condemnation in province and Ottawa

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Quebec Premier Francois Legault walks in as his government is about to table a legislation on laicity of the state, Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the legislature in Quebec City. Legault walks by the crucifix that will also disappear if the legislation is passed. The Muslim Times has the best collection to refute Islamophobia in the West

Source: Globe and Mail

Courtesy: Hamid Rehman, Canada

Waves of condemnation washed over Quebec’s move Thursday to ban some public-sector workers from wearing religiously symbolic articles, despite Premier François Legault’s attempt to pacify the issue with a grandfather clause exempting current employees who stay in the same job.

The Legault government introduced draft legislation that would ban select public employees, including schoolteachers, from wearing crosses, head scarves, turbans and other visible items of religious importance. Moments after the bill was tabled, the Coalition Avenir Québec government introduced a motion to remove the crucifix from the main chamber of the National Assembly – if the draft law passes. The motion received unanimous support.

The Quebec government’s move drew immediate criticism from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said the law enshrines religious discrimination. “Quebeckers, like all Canadians, are proud of living in a free and just society and I don’t think that a lot of people feel that in a free society, we should be legitimizing discrimination of our citizens based on religion.”

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  1. Well the cross and crucifixion are pretty much insult to injury in the present day.

    I don’t need a cross to remind me, the holes on my hands and feet that I was born with remind me daily enough.

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