Going Against Fundamental Rights
by skye lecours on September 17, 2013 - 9:53pm
In the article found on Le Devoir, the author describes a major problem that is happening in Quebec these days. The Government, in other words, the Premier Pauline Marois, has forbid its employees to wear any religious objects. This being said, the law banned Muslim headscarf, Jewish skullcap, Sikh turban, and large Christian crosses. Pauline Marois believes that this is necessary for society to function in neutrality. Many people are offended by this decision and have been manifesting in the streets of Montreal lately to demonstrate their anger. Salma Ahmed, who is a 17-years-old manifesting for her own rights, states that this law goes against their religious freedom. This law only applies for the people who are working for the Government; therefore, she says that it makes her hesitant about her job decision for later on. There has been a petition going around in order to end this law, the petition started on Tuesday September 16th and to this day, there is already 12 000 signatures. This shows that it is not only the religious people that are offended by this law but also many people in general. They believe that everybody has the right to their freedom and wearing their religion on them is a form of freedom. It has never happened that the Government has excluded its population this way, and that is why people are so insulted.
I do not practice any religion, though I believe that what the Government is doing is taking away a fundamental right. Wearing some symbol of religion can, for some people, be very important and I do not think it is right for the “Parti Quebecois” to just ban that right that they have always had. I am aware that this law is only for people working under the Government, though, if they install this rule, then maybe less people are going to be willing to work for the Government since they do not agree with the decisions they make. Everybody has the right to their own freedom, and their religious freedom is one of them, therefore they should be allowed to either wear the headscarf, the skullcap, the turban or even the cross whenever they want, how they want it and this, without having to manifest in the streets and fight for their rights. We are supposed to be a multi-ethnic country, the fact that people demonstrates their religion a certain way makes diversity in the country, though, if they cannot demonstrate their religion, everybody will be seen as the same.