The Beloved Quebec Government
by Justing149 on September 18, 2013 - 9:56pm
I have lived in Quebec for my entire life, and until Pauline Marois’ party took reign of the government, I have never felt so insulted by any previous Premiers. IOn today’s society, religion is something that is slowly fading away as less and less believe in it. Why take away the rights for those who still believe in their respective religions? As the Parti Quebecois proposes to ban very visible religious symbols in the workplace, we remain with the question: should people have the right to wear religious symbols in the workplace?
To begin, since Quebec calls itself a multicultural province, it would be ironic for its leaders to strip their citizens’ rights to display their own religion and the associated practices. Since Quebec welcomes so many foreign immigrants to live here, it would contradict the governments’ laws associated with immigration and religion. One is allowed to freely display their religious beliefs unless it is harmful to the public or goes against the law. For example, if a Jewish man wears a Kippah, he is in no way causing harm to any of his coworkers or clients as his religious symbol does not restrict others from identifying him.
On the contrary, I believe that religious symbols, which cover the entire face and make it impossible for others to view the face of the person they are interacting with, should be banned. For example, if a person wears a burka covering their whole face, and they board a bus which requires them to show a bus pass with a photo, it becomes almost impossible for the bus driver to know if this is really their face. Furthermore, if they are trying to pass the borders, it is impossible for them to be identified.
The Quebec government is causing a lot of protests involving large gatherings, shouldn’t this be a sign for them to think twice when it comes to people’s rights to self-expression and religion considering no one is truly getting harmed?