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Readers clash over Quebec secular 'values' charter

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Quebec's proposed secular charter, Bill 60, is the topic of much debate in the province and in the comments of our stories, as well. CBCNews.ca readers are bringing forth their arguments both for and against the law that would bar public sector employees from wearing overtly religious symbols.

  • "This charter will just brew civil disobedience, and it will be deserved. It will be shot down in court the moment someone gets fired for wearing a religious symbol," said SanctaHabs

  • "It's discrimination. They are effectively are firing anyone of a religious faith that requires the symbols they are banning. They should be prepared for some lawsuits if they pass this law," said carbonateddude.

  • "Want to hear about the unemployment, spending and the budget. Not interested in what people wear. This is not a fashion contest. Get your act together, Quebec government. You are going downhill," said EKnight.

  • "How about fixing out roads instead of wasting millions of dollars on this non-issue? Do I care if my doctor, or my children's day care teacher wears a hijab, kippa or giant cross necklace? NO!" said macbecks

  • "The charter is a most insidious example of both racial and religious discrimination. The unrest and tensions between minorities is being fostered by the Bloc in an attempt to frighten their traditional nationalist supporters into believing wiping out minorities by one means or another will eventually create a separation from Canada," said Jean Farmer.  
The charter did find support among CBCNews.ca readers, though, both within Quebec and from the rest of Canada. 

  • "Nothing wrong to have a dress code for public employees (especially ones who dealing with our kids). Good for Quebec that they have started this conversation," said SpringIsGreen.

  • "Religion and government should be separate, allowing religious symbols to those who may hold power over us is unacceptable... If they working out of public view, do what you like," said Brian Wills

  • "I have been critical of Quebec in the past, but I applaud this move and would like to see it happen across the country. A person's religion is a private thing that has no place in public, and certainly not in the public service," said NE Coast.

  • "Don't really care about what people wear with their religious beliefs in the public service sector. As long as the person serving me provides me with the adequate service for which we pay for, I really don't care," replied Picjay777.  

  • "This is a law that should go national. We need to downplay religion or be rid of it altogether. Mythology and corporate churches benefit no one and simply provide a crutch for the weak minded and uneducated," said Doc Guin

  • "Secularism is the only road to enlightenment. I am yet to see religious societies that are democratic whether it is in the modern world or throughout history. The only thing that binds us together is a secular notion of who we are as a society," said H.Barca

  • "Except you assume they did it out of some position of morality instead of to polarize the population in preparation for a future election," replied Cfingas.

  • "[Secularism] is simply keeping religion out of government policy. It does not mean keeping religious people out of government offices, providing those people are prepared to be just, impartial and neutral," replied PaulBeaulieu.

  • "It took the people of Quebec 2 generations to remove the Catholic church from our schools, hospitals and other institutions. We are not interested in having it replaced by any other religious ideology," said dorvalguy.

Thank you for letting us know what you think about Quebec's proposed charter and our coverage of this controversial issue. 

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