If you've been following Quebec provincial politics lately you know that the Coalition Avenir du Quebec, led by François Legault, has tabled a bill that would ban all religious symbols for people considered as "public servants" in positions of authority.

The Bill 21 would require people in these work positions to abandon any indication of their faith, including turbans, hijabs, kippahs and more. 

While Legault continues to affirm that this is what "the vast majority of Quebecers want," the responses below show that many people are more than a little unhappy with this direction. 

READ ALSO: Opinion: 5 Christian Crosses On Public Property That Quebec Should Remove If It's Serious About The "Religious Symbol Ban"

TL;DR While Legault insists most of Quebec is onside with Bill 21's objective to ban religious symbols for people who work as "public servants," many people are speaking out about the implications of such a ban.

The tweets above highlight two important issues. The first is that we are likely to lose many current public servants that aren't able to adhere to the new laws because of their faith.

The ban does have a clause of "grandfathering" - wherein staff who are currently employed in these positions and actively wear religious symbols will be able to continue doing so, as long as they don't change positions.

Other criticisms include the hypocrisy of banning the symbols of religious minorities, when the symbol for Christianity is seen in public places all across the city, and the province at large.

While Legault is quick to justify those crosses as part of the province's "history," it is hard to appreciate his devotion to secularism while these bastions of Christian faith are seen so abundantly in public spaces

The mayor of Cote Saint-Luc spoke with the CBC in February saying he would not be enforcing this ban. In his tweet below, published yesterday, he reconfirms this sentiment.

Brownstein actually went so far as to say his city council would "vigorously oppose" the adoption of this bill, or any bill that would "ban provincial civil servants in positions of authority from wearing religious symbols."

Another Montreal mayor, Beny Masella of Montreal West, also stated that he would not enforce this kind of rule in his town.

While the tweet above is clearly bordering on satire, it makes a good point. We don't realize how much of our regular day-to-day life is impacted by the religion of those who came before us.

Where is the line between history and religion in a province that was built by religious leaders and nuns?

And of course, there is an apparent undercurrent of racism that is difficult to ignore. 

As seen in the tweets above, there seems to be an unavoidable sense of "othering" going on, when the religious symbols getting the most attention are those of religions that would be considered "religious minorities" in Quebec. 

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