Supporters say it “upholds the separation between religion and state, and maintains the neutrality of public sector workers.”
Critics say it “flouts freedom of religion, breaches constitutional protections and excludes minorities who choose to wear symbols of faith from vital professions.
A Catholic teacher, who wears a visible cross and medallion of the Virgin Mary, said in court papers that her faith and identity were inextricably bound, and that her constitutional right to freedom of religion was being breached. Others who wear religious symbols of other faiths echo this sentiment.
The ban has its roots in Quebec’s historic evolution into an abidingly secular society.