I spent the first days of Sukkot visiting some cousins in Toronto. In-between the meals and playing with their four beautiful kids I had many conversations about the "Charter of Values" recently
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This is a great article, but there is less emphasis on, in my opinion,
the entire reason why this law is in effect. Quebec has a huge Muslim
immigration. This is because Quebec prioritizes French immigration and
many Muslim countries were colonized by France, so they got fast-tracked
in. I think this law is targeted, for better or worse, at the Muslim
immigrants and the way Quebecers feel the face of their culture is being
changed as their population demographics change in a way they had not
expected. This has nothing to do with , its really about one minority,
and the kippah is going along for the ride. Its a tough call, but I
think Quebec has the right to try to preserve their culture as well.
The French model (secularism) allows my country to host peacefully the
2nd largest Jewish community (after the US) in the world, the 1st Muslim
community in the Western world, the 1st Asian community in Europe, the
first Black community in Europe. In 1936, while in the USA Jews were
not welcome in the Ivy League colleges, a French Jew - Leon Blum - was
our Prime Minister. France has seen 3 Jewish prime ministers since the
2nd WW. The USA has seen NO Jewish President. Vive la Republique! Vive
la France! Vive le Quebec libre!
In Eastern Europe, observant women not wishing to show their hair wore a
shaytl -- a wig. Let Muslim women wear a mask or heavy makeup. Men
wishing a head covering can wear a toupee. Do they want to observe a
religious rule or throw their religion in everybody's face?
Why O Why can't we respect other people religion & culture.
The only civilized governments have been regimes such as Stalin's,
Mao's, and Pol Pot's. I differ with your definition of 'civilized.'
Give me the barbarians.
The only choices are not non-secular and oppressive governments. There
is legitimacy to the point of view that where feasible, religion should
be a private matter or a matter for consensual groups. Its not always
feasible to ban religious symbols, for example Siks have every right to
work but would be banned from public office if the Charter of Values
were adopted. But there is nothing wrong with requiring that crucifixes
or stars of David be tucked in behind a shirt of blouse. One needs balance.
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