(Albawaba) Muslim women will be forced to remove their face coverings and burqas to access public services, including riding a bus, under a new law passed Wednesday by the Quebec National Assembly.
Bill 62, known as the religious neutrality legislation, forbids public workers and those who wish to access a public service from wearing a face covering, including the niqab and burqa. Public workers include teachers, daycare workers, and doctors.
The bill was introduced in 2015 but was shelved after the shooting at a Quebec City mosque, where six Muslims died while at prayer Jan. 29.
The government wants to keep deep separation between state and religion – to reduce the presence of conspicuous religious symbols in public. It is considered a fundamental Quebec value that the state not promote religion.