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August 23, 2013

Secularism gone too far in Quebec?

Plan to ban religious symbols from public institutions raises questions.

Québec City by nightQuebec City (FLICKR/elPadawan)

The French-Canadian nationalist party in Quebec has proposed a plan to ban the hijab, kippas, turbans and other religious symbols and dress from publicly funded institutions. Some Muslims expressed concerns about the impact of this proposed ban on their community.
The Parti Quebecois claims the legislation, which will not go before parliament until September, is an attempt to promote secularism. This has drawn online criticism from many who question if the guise of secularism is a form of religious discrimination and a violation of Section two of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Freedom of religion.