As is common in many western countries, it' s not an easy thing to draw the line when it comes to religious accomodations. Are you gonna allow a Sikh to wear a turban in the RCMP, are you gonna let a YMCA director tint the windows of a room where women train, which overlooks a synagogue, are you gonna let a schoolboy from a different religious background bring his kirpan to school, are you gonn a let a woman wearing a burka vote? So for the sake of harmony, let's rule that religion is a private matter. Of course it's imperative and almost a God-given mission that we keep speaking French (sic), as French is an integral part of our past,and of who we are, but this nation would have never survived had it not been for the Catholic Church, but who needs religion? This is yet another attempt, under the guise of civil harmony , to push the Church into a dark corner, hoping it will eventually disappear.This is like getting rid of money to solve the problem of social inequality. You don,t know how to distribute a box of candies to a group of children, why not get rid of the candies and be done with it? This is the "logic" at work. Never mind the fact that most Quebecers still identify as Christians or Catholics*. The clergy may have been perceived as oppressive up to the 1960s, but that was 50 years ago. I think anticlericalism is more a French phenomenon, furthermore our language is a barrier to really understand the rest of North America, otherwise the religious freedom and tolerance from the US could have crossed our borders. Just the simple "God bless America" that closes many politicians' speeches, not a politician here could do that without literally becoming a martyr. You'd have all kinds of indignant militant groups (feminists, secularists, likely homosexual pressure groups) demanding his immediate resignation and saying that we are at long last out of the dark ages etc.
So the world that I see looming looks like this: religion is tolerated as long as it's talked about and praticed in one's home or at Church, a crucifix is offensive, abortion and euthanasia are inalienable birthrights, gay "marriage" is different from but equal to heterosexual marriage, mention of sin=impardonable sin of intolerance.
- "In Rome do as the Romans do" becomes "In Rome teach Romans about being inclusive".