The third in Jeff Heinrich’s series Identities today talks about what rules should be for minorities.
The poll of 1,001 Quebecers, which the Gazette is milking as much as it can out of, has somewhat predictable answers concerning whether women should be allowed to weir veils when teaching students, whether non-Christian religious symbols should be allowed in schools and whether non-Christians should be allowed time off work to pray. One third of the province is on one side of the debate, one third on the other, and the rest sway depending on the specific issue.
To give you an idea of how ludicrous this debate is getting, take a look at this:
About the only thing they are willing to concede is hijabs in public. Two in three – 66 per cent – think it’s OK for Muslim women to dress like that.
So in other words, a third of Quebecers think it should be illegal for women to wear scarves over their heads in public.
The minute the government starts imposing a dress code on the public is the minute I start looking for jobs in Ontario.
The article also includes a few interesting tidbits at the end, including the realization that more than half of Quebecers think the media is exaggerating the debate — more than twice the figure for political parties.