PATRICK B. CRAINE lifesitenews.com QUEBEC CITY, Oct. 16, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In the aftermath of announcing its plan to ban public employees from wearing overt symbols of faith, Quebec’s Parti Quebecois government has faced charges of hypocrisy because the legislation would exempt legislators and leave in place the crucifix that hangs in the province’s National Assembly. On Oct. 1st, a group of topless women from the radical activist group Femen disrupted the legislature to protest the crucifix. Despite pushing for an absolute separation of faith and public life in its Charter of Values, the government has insisted thus far that the crucifix will remain, not as an object of faith, but as a symbol of Quebec’s heritage. The crucifix was first hung in the National Assembly in 1936 by the Duplessis government. Last week, however, the LaPresse daily newspaper reported that the government is considering eliminating the legislature’s exemption from the Charter of Values and removing the crucifix. Reporter Denis Lessard says the decision comes because of the express wish of the electorate in 25,000 e-mails. He also reports that the Quebec bishops’ desire to have the crucifix removed was a “decisive” factor. to read more click here:lifesitenews.com
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