Quebec, the issue of religious
accommodation is still not resolved. In her inaugural
speech, Prime Minister Pauline
Marois recalled that the issues
raised by the "crisis" of reasonable accommodations
were outstanding. The government has a firm
commitment to clarify them. The proposals we submit meet this commitment.
Governmental guidelines for managing
applications for religious accommodation,
affirmation of the values of Quebec society and the secular nature of the state institutions.
Sean Murphy | . . .Will the government of Quebec - sooner or later - use its
Charter of Values to suppress freedom of conscience and religion among health care
workers? An answer to the question is suggested by a review of the Quebec government's continuing efforts to establish state
hegemony in the moral and ethical education of children.
The Obama adminstration
announced on 20 January, 2012, that it would proceed with plans
to force employers to pay for insurance coverage for
"contraceptive services" (which include surgical
sterilization and potentially embryocidal and
abortifacient drugs and devices). Various
religious groups protested strenuously. By the end of
the month, over half the Catholic bishops in the country
had denounced the plan; many said
they would refuse to comply with the law. A
reporter at the White House press briefing called
this "a pretty extraordinary situation."
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