200-300 protest Bill 21

Two to three hundred people came out to protest Bill 21 the Loi sur la laïcité de l’État Saturday.

We have to accept the bill Loi sur la laïcité de l’État as law, and recognize that this kind of identitarian politics is part of Quebec culture until the zeigeist enters another shift. Sad stories about teachers who need to move away to keep wearing religious head coverings are only fuel to the fire: to the people for whom the law was passed, they’re simply evidence of its effectiveness. Make those strange people go away or disappear, either way, it works.

I wish I had taken note where I saw the idea expressed, this week, that when poiticians attempt to allay xenophobia it only makes it worse.