Thousands protest Quebec‘s proposed values charter
Demonstrators protest against Quebec’s proposed Charter of Values in Montreal, September 14, 2013. Thousands took to the streets to denounce the province’s proposed bill to ban the wearing of any overt religious garb by government paid employees. REUTERS/ Christinne Muschi(CANADA – Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST RELIGION)
————————————————————————-Should religious beliefs belong in the public lives? Quebec’s goverment has said, no. I agree with their government, myself. The object is to make the Public areas of our lives should be secular and not religious.
A secular state is a concept of secularism, whereby a state or country purports to be officially neutral in matters of religion, supporting neither religion nor irreligion. A secular state also claims to treat all its citizens equally regardless of religion, and claims to avoid preferential treatment for a citizen from a particular religion/nonreligion over other religions/nonreligion. Secular states do not have a state religion (established religion) or equivalent, although the absence of a state religion does not necessarily meant that a state is fully secular.
It is clear to the modern and scientific world that any sort of religious orthodoxy in the governance of a nation is not acceptable. Look at the nations where religion has taken over or where religions fight to control the nations.
The idea is that if you are religious that is the choice you live with. If your unable to seperate yourself from your religious practices and beliefs when working in public service or outside of your home or church then you might need to take yourself out of public service and work where your religion is not an issue, you are allowed to believe that is your choice which is protected by the charter of rights forr human rights. Your religion also doesnot give you the right to discriminate against a person outside of your religious life. Your religion stays as apersonal and not out in the lives of those of other religions and beliefs or those who don’t believe they way you do.
The question is by what religion or belief system do we live under if we allowed religious beliefs to government? Would all religious be willing to live under other religions understanding of rights and wrongs, punnishment, world views, etc.
I for one know that most religions would not want accept some of the practices of other religions. I here people saying things like this is a Christian nation or this is a Muslim nation, you get the point.
Also we all have common values those are the ones which are important to us all, even those who are not religious or of your belief systems. If you live with that form of living then you can be apart of the public life or service positions.
That is how I understand the reasoning of secularism. Hopefully you can understand.