Quebec bill would ban kippahs on public workers
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A plan by Quebec’s government to ban “religious symbols,” including yarmulkes, among public sector workers has elicited worry from religious minorities in the Canadian province.
The bill would seek to ban public employees from wearing large Christian crosses or religious headwear such as that worn by Sikhs, Muslims and Jews while at work.
The details of the proposed law were leaked to the Montreal Journal last week, but the Parti Quebecois, which heads the provincial government, has refused to confirm them or answer questions.
Canada’s multiculturalism minister, Jason Kenney, offered tepid criticism of the proposal, saying it was important to wait until a bill was made public. — jta
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