If Bill 21 becomes the law in Quebec governming what you can or cannot wear if your employment is so defined as to put you in a so called 'position of authority', this is where you're freedom of religion will end.

One definition of freedom of religion (Wikipedia) is as follows, "Freedom of religion is considered by many people and most of the nations to be a fundamental human right. Freedom of religion is generally considered to mean that the government permits religious practices of other sects besides the state religion {let's assume, in this case, that Quebec's religion is secularism} and does not persecute believers in other faiths. Freedom of belief is different. It allows the right to believe what a person, group or religion wishes, but it does not necessarily allow the right to practice the religion or belief openly and outwardly in a public manner.

Ergo, Bill 21 will put a restriction on the fundamental and charter protected right of freedom of religion. Where the state deems it appropriate, Quebecer's religious rights will encompass merely freedom of belief. How is this right?

On the same page, I followed a supporting link to "The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen" (French: Déclaration des droits de l'homme et du citoyen de 1789), set by France's National Constituent Assembly in 1789, is a human civil rights document from the French Revolution, which guarantees freedom of religion, as long as religious activities do not infringe on public order in ways detrimental to society.

In Quebec society, there is absolutely no evidence to suggest that teachers, lawyers, or judges who wear articles of faith are behaving in ways that are detrimental to society.

If you are a religious jew, and you seek employment in a 'position of authority', you will have no choice but to set aside religious freedom in the name of the state. Sir, please remove your Kippah now.

If you are a Moslem woman and wear a hijab, and you want to employed in a position of authority, you will have no choice but to set aside religious freedom in the name of the state. Maam, please remove your hijab now.

If you are a Christian and wear a cross, and you want to employed in a position of authority, you will have no choice but to set aside religious freedom in the name of the state. Please remove your cross now.

Fundamental rights do not vary.. If they did, then they would not be considered to be fundamental.

Robert Miller

NDG

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