The debate on the Charter of Quebec Values is raging across the country. The Quebec government's decision to ban the wearing of religious symbols in public institutions certainly raises important questions about social justice in the current ear. On the one hand, there is a consistent and likely correct argument that the Values Charter violates individual rights to religion in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This raises the question as to why the Quebec government would introduce such legislation.
Yet, on the other hand, is it legitimate (or just) for a community to legislate religious neutrality, as the Quebec government claims? What does justice demand in this situation? Is the Values Charter an attack on the individual rights of religious minorities or a community attempting to legislate religious state neutrality?