Quebec has passed a sweeping ban on face coverings, barring public workers from wearing the niqab or burqa and obliging citizens to unveil when riding public transit or receiving government services, ushering in a law believed to be the first of its kind in North America.
The legislation was adopted on Wednesday, capping off two years of work by the province’s Liberal government to address the issue of state neutrality.
The resulting law has been condemned by critics who say it deliberately targets Muslim women and will fuel the province’s simmering debate on identity, religion and tolerance.
Philippe Couillard, the premier of Quebec, was defensive as he addressed the new law.
“We are just saying that for reasons linked to communication, identification and safety, public services should be given and received with an open face,” he told reporters.
“We are in a free and democratic society. You speak to me, I should see your face, and you should see mine. It’s as simple as that.”
Now, I live in Montreal (which is part of Quebec, for those who didn’t know) and I’m having mixed feelings about this.
While I agree with Couillard about identification, the new religious “neutrality” law shouldn’t have taken place beneath the National Assembly’s official CRUCIFIX!
In other words… Yesterday, under the gaze of Jesus Christ suffering on the cross, Quebec’s governing Liberals stood as one and voted into law a “religious neutrality” bill.
HA!! WHAT A JOKE!
Seriously, what’s really going on here?
I’m a proud Canadian citizen and I have embraced every cultural aspect, language, and lifestyle of this progressive society, but something’s NOT RIGHT in Quebec.
Quebec is largely white, Roman Catholic and intolerant, especially outside Montreal (’cause Montreal is pretty much The Tower of Babel). And God help anyone stupid enough to mess with the Catholic symbols (btw I AM Catholic too, but I CAN’T) like the giant illuminated cross that dominates the summit of Mount Royal here in Montreal.
Yo les amis this law is NOT about identification, but Muslims! Point à la ligne.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of humans displaying their faith in front of everyone else (’cause you should keep your beliefs at home) but I am not going to tolerate a Muslim woman being dragged from a bus, in front of her children, because she dresses as she pleases (even if she’s not eye candy because we don’t get FOR WHY? And WTF?)
Quebec already DISCRIMINATES those who doesn’t speak French. Now this!
I’m sorry but we are better than this, we cannot live in fear like our American neighbours (sorry Americans but you’re always great examples of No thanks!)
What about people that wear their hoodies well over their faces (which I do in winter). Can they board a bus? What about a SWAT team? What about balaclavas in winter? What about those whose faces are disfigured and choose to cover them? What about those who wear surgical masks when they have a bad cold or do not want to catch anything on a crowded bus? What about fetish sluts wearing all sort of masks asking me if I’m down to fuck? (Yes! This example is also valid because it’s MY blog!)
We cannot live in fear of what may or may not happen in life.
This so-called religious neutrality law is an evident Trump-level LIE!