Protests by religious adherents followed the proposal.

Montreal has proposed legislation banning religious symbols and clothing that are deemed “distracting” from the public sphere:  government buildings and the workplace.

burqas, turbans, hijabs, yarmulkes, and crosses would not be permitted in any public office, including courts, police stations, hospitals, or government offices. Staff members in public schools, including large daycares, CEGEPs and universities would fall under the same rules, while those in private schools and family-run daycares would be exempt.

The rationale for this is that some outward religious symbols and clothing are oppressive, particularly to women.  Others feel that this focus on religion creates divisions that are unhealthy in a secular society.  What do you think?

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