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Between law and public opinion: The case of Québec

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This chapter reflects on the state of affairs in the province of Québec focusing on Sikhism, Judaism, and Islam. An "orthodox" religious group defends "the true doctrine" and the religious attitude of willing obedience to its norms. The concept of secularization refers to the autonomous nature of the political and religious spheres. Freedom means no one is forced to act in a way contrary to one's beliefs or conscience. For legal purpose, referring back to a lineage of belief would be judicious and would avoid having to depend solely on the advice of an expert or religious official and give a framework for interpreting the sincerity of the belief. Québec has been facing a low threshold of tolerance for public opinion of minority religions. People in Québec are reacting to the fact that the law is apparently willing to protect the religious freedom of individuals but rarely that of groups.

Keywords: law; public opinion; Québec; secularization



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