Quebec considers new restrictions on wearing religious symbols, clothing
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Phillip Connor, Pew Research Center
Discrimination, Human rights, Islamophobia, Social justice
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Connor, P. (2013, November 8). Quebec considers new restrictions on wearing religious symbols, clothing. Pew Research Center. 


Quebec introduced legislation that would prohibit public employees, such as teachers, judges, and police officers, from wearing religious symbols and attire such as hijabs (Islamic headscarf), turbans, yarmulkes, and large crosses. In addition, the Charter of Values requires Quebec citizens to have their faces uncovered. The legislation has received both support and opposition. Those in support of the legislation claim that it would preserve the secular values of Quebec; while those opposed to the legislation argue that it will harm minority groups such as Muslims. The legislation currently faces an uphill battle and will likely be challenged in court.


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