Would the habit be more and more the monk?
The costume speaks, it represents what one is or what one would like to be. It can be both the privilege of the dominant or that of the dominated. The garment becomes a second skin, a form of projection of the inner self.
In the context of a policy on secularism that seeks to identify the influences of the habit and the wearing of religious symbols for certain employees of the state, should we not recognize that the way of clothing reflects the values of religion? ‘one person?
As sociologist Guy Rocher pointed out during his visit to the Parliamentary Committee on Bill 21 on Tuesday, followers of certain religions, including Islam, have visible characteristics of their faith in the way they live. dress. Unlike Gérard Bouchard, who would like to have tangible proof of the influence of religious clothing on the future of students, Guy Rocher sees it as a possibility of showing religious values to young people. It is for the sake of protection for the students that he considers that this law is necessary in a world which will be more and more fragmented on the religious level.
For some people of immigrant background, dress is a social and religious heritage that is often out of step or in opposition to the modern values of the host country. Under the pretext of protecting individual values, are not certain minority groups introducing a gradation of rights that would put religious ahead of other rights such as citizen equality and religious neutrality of the state? Quebec, which has become secularized in its institutions, is now ready for a next stage, namely to adopt a law that would enshrine the notion of secularism in the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.
If the habit makes the monk, it is to wish that the Quebec society refuses to endorse new religious clothes and that it opts rather for the costume of lacité.