Humanist Canada supports Quebec charter

A demonstrator protests near a sign saying

A demonstrator protests near a sign saying "True value Quebec" as they marched against Quebec's proposed Charter of Values in Montreal, September 14, 2013. REUTERS/ Christinne Muschi

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:05 PM ET

MONTREAL -- Humanist Canada, a group that supports the advancement of scientific, medical, academic and human rights efforts, says it supports Quebec’s controversial Charter of Values and religious neutrality.

In a statement released Saturday, the organization praised Quebec for “showing leadership with this initiative as we evolve into a more secular and humanist country.”

On its website, Humanist Canada says its mission is to “to promote the separation of religion from public policy and foster the development of reason, compassion and critical thinking for all Canadians through secular education and community support.”

The Parti Quebecois proposed their Charter of Values last September. Among the more controversial aspects of the Charter is the proposed law that would prevent any public sector employee from wearing any overt religious symbols.

Humanist Canada is a not-for profit organization that has no political affiliation. In its statement, it made clear that it does not support any specific party in Monday’s Quebec election.


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