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Quebec contemplates ban on religious garb, crucifixes for doctors, teachers

Catholic World News - August 27, 2013

Quebec Premier Pauline Marois has lent support to a “Charter of Quebec Values” that would ban the wearing of religious garb and crucifixes by public employees.

The plan would “prohibit people like doctors, teachers, and public daycare workers from donning turbans, kippas, hijabs, and visible crucifixes,” the Canadian Press reported.

“We’re moving forward in the name of all the women, all the men, who chose Quebec for our culture, for our freedom, and for our diversity,” said Marois.

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  • Posted by: meegan2136289 - Aug. 28, 2013 9:59 PM ET USA

    Moving forward? Sounds like regression to paganism to me. I'm nervous about something like this happening here, which is why I recently bought a crucifix and wear it often to work.

  • Posted by: geoffreysmith1 - Aug. 28, 2013 8:19 AM ET USA

    I take it that Premier Marois has already designed a new flag for Quebec? Can't have a cross on this very important symbol of culture, freedom and diversity, can we? No, we can't.

  • Posted by: mario.f.leblanc5598 - Aug. 27, 2013 2:58 PM ET USA

    The Quebec government's position on anything spiritual is in keeping with the way of life of the people. No need to paint this province as being any worse than its North American neighbors, or to call its cultural life degraded and phony. Having said that, I can assure the readers that outcry about the proposed measure has come from many different directions.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Aug. 27, 2013 8:22 AM ET USA

    Let none be fooled: Pauline Marois and her party the Parti Quebecois are in the vanguard of Western nihilism. Quebec itself has become a dreary place, dedicated to degraded entertainment, phony 'festivals' of every description, anything to escape the implications of the dead-end philosophy that dominates its public life. All the while, the government underwrites churches and shrines, necessary because that is what tourists want to see, and tourism is big business there. It's depressingly phony.

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