Marois defends PQ candidate who compared baptism, circumcision to rape

Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois with PQ candidates (L) Louise Mailloux and (C) Sylvie Legault...

Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois with PQ candidates (L) Louise Mailloux and (C) Sylvie Legault in a Friday, March 7, 2014, file photo. (ANNIE T ROUSSEL/QMI AGENCY)

Dave Kaufman, QMI Agency

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MONTREAL -- Pauline Marois has defended a Parti Quebecois candidate who compared baptism and circumcision to rape.

Louise Mailloux, who is running for the PQ in the Montreal riding of Gouin, has also written in the past that a tax on kosher and halal foods helps to fund religious wars.

Mailloux, who is a philosophy professor, made the rape comparison in an essay on religious neutrality. It appeared in the book, Laïcité ça s'impose!, that was published in 2011.

Mailloux made clear this week that she stands by the statement.

Marois told journalists that Mailloux "is an eloquent writer...I respect her point of view."

"She is a supporter of our charter on religious neutrality and we appreciate her support."


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