I couldn't glean your opinion on the niqab ban from your post.
I find it to be an abhorrent practice, but I think Quebec is going way too far in banning it from public institutions. The state has no business in the bedroom, nor should it be the fashion police.
I found this quote especially disturbing:
"Two words: Uncovered face," Charest told reporters during a press conference in
"The principle is clear."
As long as the individual is willing to lift it to establish identity where required and accepts that it will limit her ability to function in society, what business is it of the state's? Forcing people by law to depart from their religious customs has never been the right answer. This will only harden the resolve of believers.
--- In CanadianAtheist@yahoogroups.com, "Ernie Schreiber" <eunacom@...> wrote:
> With all these headlines such as "Burka ban in Québec," "Virulent
> Islamophobia," and "Canadian's tolerance misplaced" one wonders if the world
> has gone mad; yet, such thing have always been going on in the past. One
> hears more about this today because of the influence of the Internet and the
> instant communication of a mixture of facts and rumours, accompanied often
> by illustrations and pictures. Even the most mighty and powerful dictators
> can not get away with blackouts and censorship any more, and that's a good
> thing. The bad deeds of religious, political and business organizations no
> longer can hide effectively for long behind vows of secrecy and bribes.
> One has to sort out the truth and the lies, often with hidden agendas, from
> all that information coming in constantly. In Ottawa's "Metro" Newspaper of
> Monday, March 29th, 2010 on page 7 there is a picture under the heading:
> "London calls for Pope to step down" which shows a group of people holding
> signs, one saying: "Time for GOD to step down" and another one saying
> "Pope's 2001 order to Bishops: Cover up sex abuse [Outrage!]" outside
> Westminster Cathedral. They want God to step down? or is it the Pope?
> doesn't make much sense but is rather funny. Interesting though that today,
> people can carry signs like that in close proximity to a cathedral without
> being put on the rack and tortured to death...
> H. E. (Ernie) Schreiber
> EUNACOM Secular Journal: http://eunacom.net
> Discussion List Server at: <email@example.com>
> I am using the free version of SPAMfighter.
> We are a community of 7 million users fighting spam.
> SPAMfighter has removed 1462 of my spam emails to date.
> Get the free SPAMfighter here: http://www.spamfighter.com/len
> The Professional version does not have this message
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]