I hadn’t yet weighed in on Marois’ Charter of Quebec “Values”…
… because I was waiting to see exactly what it was going to look like…
And, well, I’m disgusted.
I’m sickened that any government in this country would go far as to prohibit the wearing or display of anything that does not in any way harm another person nor take away their right to a good life.
It is abhorrent that Marois can stand up and defend such a mean-spirited proposal.
And I feel sympathy for those Québécois(e) who are on the side of decency and respect and shun exclusion and hatred.
Moreover, this isn’t even a secularist Charter as the PQ content because it grants more leeway for Christian (read: Catholic) public sector workers than their Jewish and Muslim colleagues. Yarmulkes are an intrinsic celebration of their faith for many Jews yet the only real restriction on Christian is a prohibition of the display of large crucifixes. Really! Aside from those weirdly dressed dudes like Popes, Cardinals (not the bird), and some rappers, do you EVER see someone wearing a 6 inch cross around their neck?
No, I didn’t think so.
And the 60% funding level for the discriminatory and wasteful Catholic education system isn’t even touched! This funding largesses is second only to Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta (who ashamedly fully fund their Catholic systems).
Let’s call a spade a spade and admit that this is less of a “secular” Charter and more of an “anti-anyone-but-Christians Charter”, OK, Pauline??? This is out-and-out discrimination!
If you have ever followed my scribbles even a wee bit, either here or on Facebook, Twitter, etc.,etc., you know that I’m an atheist and wear this label happily. But being an atheist does NOT mean that I condemn others for believing how they do – I don’t understand them, for the life of me – but whatever.
From time to time, I meet with representatives of one of the Quebec provincial Departments in Montreal. I have half a mind to borrow someone’s yarmulke for the next meeting… (87)
This post has already been read 88 times!