Quebec, Kirpans, Face Veils, and Values
by Trent Gilliss, senior editor
At first glance, this story from the National Post intrigues because Sikhs are barred from the Quebec National Assembly because of their daggers. And, what were they there for? To testify on a bill banning face coverings. That is worth clicking through and reading more about.
But, check out the last statement from one of the Assembly’s members about multiculturalism. It almost scoots right on past if you don’t stop to think about it. Now, this American citizen’s ears haven’t heard an idea like this stated in such bald fashion; I’ll admit that it’s challenging, and somewhat unsettling:
"By a vote of 113-0, the Quebec National Assembly adopted a motion Wednesday supporting the decision by security workers to bar four Sikhs who came to the assembly to testify on Bill 94, banning Islamic face coverings.
The four refused to remove their kirpans, small ceremonial daggers. In 2006, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the kirpan, which Sikhs carry wrapped in fabric under their clothing, is not a weapon but a religious symbol, like a crucifix.
Parti Quebecois member Louise Beaudoin, said multiculturalism is a Canadian value, not a Quebec value.”
(photo: Tyler Anderson/National Post)

Quebec, Kirpans, Face Veils, and Values

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

At first glance, this story from the National Post intrigues because Sikhs are barred from the Quebec National Assembly because of their daggers. And, what were they there for? To testify on a bill banning face coverings. That is worth clicking through and reading more about.

But, check out the last statement from one of the Assembly’s members about multiculturalism. It almost scoots right on past if you don’t stop to think about it. Now, this American citizen’s ears haven’t heard an idea like this stated in such bald fashion; I’ll admit that it’s challenging, and somewhat unsettling:

"By a vote of 113-0, the Quebec National Assembly adopted a motion Wednesday supporting the decision by security workers to bar four Sikhs who came to the assembly to testify on Bill 94, banning Islamic face coverings.
The four refused to remove their kirpans, small ceremonial daggers. In 2006, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the kirpan, which Sikhs carry wrapped in fabric under their clothing, is not a weapon but a religious symbol, like a crucifix.
Parti Quebecois member Louise Beaudoin, said multiculturalism is a Canadian value, not a Quebec value.”

(photo: Tyler Anderson/National Post)

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    By a vote of 113-0, the Quebec National Assembly adopted a motion Wednesday supporting the decision by security workers...
  3. buckysmissingarm reblogged this from them-witches and added:
    ^^ I love how the tiny group of assholes ruins it for the rest of us decent people -__-
  4. them-witches reblogged this from lettersfromtheattic and added:
    Parti Quebecois member Louise Beaudoin, said multiculturalism is a Canadian value, not a Quebec value. Jw are the...
  5. lettersfromtheattic reblogged this from nationalpost and added:
    I HAVE SUCH RAGE OVER THIS ON SO MANY LEVELS. Seriously, Parti Quebecois? SERIOUSLY?
  6. roberto reblogged this from beingblog and added:
    wow…
  7. walex reblogged this from nationalpost and added:
    Way to go Quebec. You’ve just been proved racist, by the Racist-Prover. I’ll never live in you.
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    Quebec, Kirpans, Face Veils, and Values by Trent Gilliss, senior editor At first glance, this story from the National...
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    Wow that last line…. If you do not know anything about the ongoing Quebec independence movement, this quote sums up the...
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    That pretty much sums it up.
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    So just because they’re not like you and you don’t appreciate the significance of their religious symbolism, you’re...
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