Parti Quebecois has a dream, too

Bill to ban religious symbols from public spaces smacks of bid to to keep Quebec white and French

This week marked the 50th anniversary of the Great March on Washington D.C. led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The walk, a non-violent affair, sought the end of racism and demanded equality not only for black Americans but all Americans regardless of skin colour.

It was Aug. 28, 1963 that King delivered his “I have a dream” speech.

Given the time that has elapsed since King’s speech, it would only be reasonable to expect that attitudes towards people of different cultures, like non-whites, have improved.

It is 2013 after all and we do live in Canada.

So what to make of the Parti Quebecois’ recent decision to introduce a bill to ban a handful of religious symbols from hospitals, schools and government offices?

The ban, the Parti Quebecois argues, will help establish Quebec as a secular community as envisioned in their recently proposed Charter of Quebec Values.

For example, the wearing of the yarmulke in schools, hospitals or government buildings would become illegal if the legislation were to pass.

Also on the proposed list of banned religious symbols are veils, turbans, hijabs, and even crucifixes.  The latter are likely banned as the sacrificial lambs for the white folk. Are these symbols really a threat to a secular society?

Does a doctor, nurse, lawyer or politician wearing a turban threaten Quebec’s fabric, it’s joie de vivre?

Not likely.

The proposed ban on religious symbols has nothing to do with Quebec becoming more secular and everything to do with becoming more pure.

The Parti Quebecois also has a dream, it is white and speaks French.


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