Sunday, August 25, 2013

Turbans, Hijabs,Kippas Face Restrictions in Quebec

The Quebec government plans to introduce in September a "Charter of Quebec Values" that would essentially ban all religious symbols in many public places.  According to this article in the Vancouver Sun and this one from the Huffington Post, the legislation would prevent "employees in public institutions like schools and hospitals from wearing religious symbols such as turbans, niqabs, kippas, hijabs and highly visible crucifixes."

The proposed legislation has created an uproar and is another example of the attempt of some western countries to more completely secularize their culture. In an article from Aljazeera, Massoud Hayoun suggests that the "measure would essentially import controversial European legislation on religious dress to North America."

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