Target: Bernard Drainville
Goal: Shut down the discriminatory charter that aims to ban religious expression in Quebec
The Quebec government is currently debating over a secular charter that would ban public-sector workers from wearing religious symbols if passed. The bill threatens the religious freedom of many public servants, including those who wear hijabs, kippas, or crucifixes. This kind of discrimination is offensive to many, and opponents of the bill are rightfully outraged at the possibility that they may have to choose between their jobs and their faith. Urge Bernard Drainville, the government minister responsible for this charter, to stand up for all Quebecers by protecting religious expression.
Quebec’s secular charter bill was introduced as solution to the “malaise” of religious minorities who, according to some, are polarizing the entire society. Though there is no evidence to support this claim, it is believed that proponents of the bill feel uncomfortable by religious expression and therefore support banning such expression altogether.
Yet many see the bill for what it is: a ridiculous and impractical attempt to alleviate a problem that does not exist. Many universities, school boards, and hospitals have denounced the measure and claim it is discriminatory. Activists, like Samira Laouni, the head of a Montreal multicultural group, made the insightful statement that “no study shows someone who is wearing a religious symbol can’t do their work.” While this should be enough reason to end the ban once and for all, some are still kicking back.
Urge Bernard Drainville to stop discriminating against religious minorities and instead put an end to this disastrous charter. His proposed ban is divisive, and there is no reason for hardworking Quebecers to lose their jobs simply because they are forced to choose between a career and their faith. Sign this petition and support religious expression.
Dear Bernard Drainville,
Your recently introduced secular charter bill aims to ban public servants from wearing religious symbols. This detrimental proposition will certainly result in the termination of hardworking citizens all because they will be forced to choose between their faith and their jobs. In addition, there is no evidence to suggest that religious expression has any correlation to job success, and therefore this bill is a ridiculous attempt to mitigate a problem that does not exist.
While there may be some who feel uncomfortable that others express their religion, this is not reason enough to ban such expression in order to protect the feelings of ignorant naysayers. Religious expression can be a unifying practice and it must be protected, and all must have freedom of expression.
[Your Name Here]
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