Thursday, December 18, 2008

Reasonable Accomodation Debate

People here in Quebec, where I live, are in general, against religion. This attitude can be explained historically. I'm not the most informed person, but I will try to explain what I do understand. Catholicism was a way of life and it was imposed some time ago. Moreso at my grand-parents' time, but my father went to a Catholic school all his life and not because he really wanted to! He would get hit with a ruler for writing with his left hand in class. It's stupid things like this that obviously brought people away from religion as they grew up. (How can this be RIGHT?!) They used to eat fish every Friday (fasting from meat, but I don't think anyone really knew why, it just *was*)... Lots of small things like that, as well as there being "big things" (huge scandals as well as theological ideas that many people didn't "get"). And it's hard to ask real questions in this religion, I find. It's complicated and no one really understands. People wanted to be free from this way of life!

Once they were actually able to get rid of Church in their lives, they did not feel the need to replace it with any sort of organized religion. I do know of some families that converted to another denomination, which is basically to a Church that interprets things slightly differently, but not many. Most just rejected all of those rituals and decided they wanted nothing to do with religion. A lot of those people just want to be "good people". I respect that, even though I feel it's useful to have a more structured approach to better focus your intentions. And if you do believe in God and the Bible (or whatever source), that you should follow it completely, as I wrote in my other post.

Trying to get back on topic now... People in Quebec want to be free from religion, because of what their religion has done to them. They don't feel connected in any way, and feel good about this fact. And because of not being especially educated about other religions and beliefs, they believe everyone would do better this way; that everyone would be better off free from their religion.

There was a lot going on recently about what they called "reasonable accomodation". A ridiculous media circus!! It was basically about how far we "born and bread" Quebeckers should go towards accomodating our immigrants who practice different religions. Hijab was obviously a big issue, especially with influence from France. And women's rights in general.

I will just go over some of the stories that were big:
- woman wanting to vote without showing her face;
- woman who wanted to wear hijab in a soccer tournement;
- woman wanting to work as a jail guard wearing hijab;
- Quebecker man being asked not to watch his kid doing swim lessons because a Muslim woman was taking a class in that pool and she didn't want to be seen;
- a gym fogging up the windows where people work out so that the children attending the Jewish school outside wouldn't see them;
- a group of Muslims praying together in a "sugar shack" (Quebeckers feeling uncomfortable);
- menu at "sugar shack" being adapted so there is no pork;
- Sikh kid granted the permission to wear his kirpan in school;
- Sikh (I think) policeperson wanting to wear a turban on the job;
- Muslims getting the birthing courses to refuse the husbands to attend.

So... people just don't think much of religious practices and with all the effort it took to get rid of it in their lives, they don't want it back -- for anyone. They don't understand most of the practices and see much of it as step backwards in the society. Some people, on the other hand, are TOO tolerant. Like the pool manager who actually agreed to ask the man to leave the pool when all he wanted to do was support his son. He didn't want to seem intolerant, but it would have been perfectly fine to tell the woman that the man was within his rights to be there and that if she felt uncomfortable, it was her own problem. Of course, with every similar incident, the whole religion was blamed. Not the person who asked for the unreasonable accomodation or the person who granted it.

This thought is linked to the statement in my previous post. I really just wanted to say that with a little bit of education and understanding, people would stop trying to free others from religion and just let them be free in their religion.

2 Comentários:

Anonymous said...

Ca c'est ta propre interpretation, tu es completement dans le faux pour la majorite des gens.Parle pour toi ,pas les autres.
Fausse musulmane,tu ne respectes meme pas les 5 piliers.

Candice said...

De quoi tu parles, Anon? STP, si tu comprends pas l'Anglais, lis pas mes posts parce que tu comprendras rien. Je suis peut etre Quebecoise francophone, mais mon blogue est en Anglais comme tu as peut etre (ou peut etre pas) remarqué.

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