Within the Canadian Province of Quebec, a recent act of proposed legislation is bringing just criticism. The authorities are pushing to ban public employees from wearing visible religious symbols.
Quebec Government Proposes Ban on Religious Symbols Within the website for the province, we can see that whatever cultural or religious garb would need to be downgraded to what we would deem to be barely noticeable. Some might say this an attack on multiculturalism. I would steer more or less in that direction. Much of the symbolic jewelry or articles of clothing that people wear could be donned based on cultural influence rather than that of their chosen religion. It can go the other way as well having a deep symbolic meaning that draws on worship. In making a move to enforce such a practice many of the religions that are more in line with modern western garb would be looked over. I fear that we could even label this as an act of oppression to religion. In my own recent experience I have participated in a study abroad that delved me into the cultural, religious, and political climate of Jordan, Palestine, and Turkey. Now in these communities culture had been thriving for thousands of years, but change and newcomers were seeking to overthrow what had been a rich heritage. While I resided in Jerusalem on some Fridays the Israeli government would ban certain age groups and genders from attending their weekly prayers at the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa mosque which also resides on the historical temple mount. Personally this would infuriate me, but with growing Israeli power in the region, the Muslims of the area had to follow the protocol. And thus taking religious freedom from the people, they are made to submit to authority until they assimilate or take action.