Intolerance in Quebec

I somehow missed the great controversy that arose in January 2007 when the town of Herouxville, Quebec, published a set of “Standards” of life, meant to show prospective immigrants what to expect if they come there. They uphold a version of “secularism” in which any display or accommodation of religious belief and practice is forbidden (except for the ones they want to encourage). Thus, providing special meals in a hospital for a Muslim, a Jew, or a Hindu is out, wearing of a kirpan by a Sikh is forbidden, taking time out to pray your own prayers is not allowed–but you must be happy eating “traditional foods” and singing Christmas carols.

Wikipedia summarizes the reaction;  Liberty magazine comments.