Many inedpendent schools in other provinces are free to teach what they like – evolution, creationism or both.  Quebec Education Minister Fournier says schools must have a permit and those that have a permit must follow the curriculum which includes theteachingof the Darwinian theory of evolution. »  Does this position respect either freedom of religion or freedom of speech?



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    Harold Says:

    They should be able to wear the veil! Harold

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    Barbara Says:

    This is not an easy question to answer. I recall when nuns were not permitted to drive because their coifs reduced their lateral vision. They certainly felt the limitations of their habits.
    If their garb in some way restricts their ability to function in society, they should be encouraged to adapt to the society in which they have chosen to live or accept a more limited role in that society. That would be their free choice.
    Part of the role of such clothing is to restrict the role women play in the larger society, to keep them hidden and protected. This concept is incompatible with Western culture today.
    Wearing this garb would be unreasonable if, for example, one were applying for a job where such clothing was a health or safety risk.
    And what would be the impact of the testimony in court of a woman in such garb? or if a woman dressed in niqab presented herself as a receptionist? It is meant to be off-putting for outsiders.
    When I lived in Japan decades ago, I had to adjust my manner of dressing so as not to offend Japanese customs. For example, women do not wear sleeveless blouses or dresses in summer. In fact, blouses were always white. A formal occasion requires the adult woman wear black. Observing the rules with respect to shoes, slippers, or barefeet is expected. To blow your nose at a dinner table might empty the room! You learn to abide by the customs of the place you have chosen to live in or accept the consequences. No less is expected of those who visit Muslim countries.

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    SUZANNE Says:

    If you want to wear a niqab, then you have to accept that others think differently about it. I don’t mind the hijab, but the fact these women have their faces covered makes me feel like I’m talking to a bandit of some kind.

    People develop feelings about clothes, hygiene, makeup, etc, and these feelings can be just as valid as wanting to wear a different kind of dress. It’s a two-way street. It seems a little impractical to make majorities always accommodate minorities. It seems to me it reinforces a kind of entitlement mentality– that because I dress a different way, everyone is obligated to « like it » and « honour it ». People like women’s faces uncovered because it’s perceived as a sign of respect; when you cover a woman’s face, it’s a sign of disrespect. Does it have to be that way? No. But that’s how we’ve constructed that practice. Just as Muslims interpret covering a woman up as a sign of respecting women. You can’t have it both ways, and always indulging a minority is impractical.

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