Banning the Fleurdelisé

Dear Québec:

I knew you’d pull a stunt like this sooner or later.

I was so disappointed to read about your government’s recently proposed ban. You are a province with such a rich history and culture, all rooted in Catholicism, that I was perplexed by your irrational move to ban wearing Crucifixes, among other religious symbols, by public employees.

Québec, why does the Crucifix upset you? Are you resentful toward the French Catholics who settled you? Do you loathe having so many architecturally beautiful Churches that the thought of a government employee wearing a Crucifix makes you red with rage?

How embarrassed I am for you, a province whose majority populous identifies as Catholic. Here in Canada we pride ourselves on the “virtues” of tolerance and respect yet you, dear Québec, want to trample on the right of the individual to wear a Cross.

Well Québec, if you want to eliminate all religious symbols from the public square and promote secularism, start with banning your flag, the Fleurdelisé. That’s right- ban the Quebéc flag! The flag’s symbolism supports the rich Catholic tradition with the blue symbolizing heaven and honouring the Virgin Mary, the white fleurs-de-lis symbolizing purity, and the cross representing the cross of Christ. In fact, its direct predecessor, the Carillon, was created by a Catholic parish Priest and at one point included the Sacred Heart of Jesus at the center.

The Carillon

Québec, while you’re banning your flag in the name of secularism, also ban the jersey of the Québec Nordiques. This beloved hockey jersey is a threat to secularism as it is entirely based on the Fleurdelisé.
Québec Nordiques Jersey

Don’t forget to melt your beloved Bonhomme and thaw the Winter Carnival, which is rooted in Catholicism, as it is historically celebrated the two weeks prior to Mardi Gras, yet another traditional Catholic event as Mardi Gras precedes Ash Wednesday and Lent.


Bonhomme

Furthermore, you’ll have to rename the dozens of cities, towns, villages and hamlets named after Catholic Saints. You can’t claim to recognize secularism if you allow towns to bear such overtly religious names.

Québec, if you truly want to succeed in recognizing secularism, then please don’t forget to stop promoting tourism to famous landmarks like St. Anne de Beaupré, Notre Dame Cathedral, or the Oratory of St. Joseph. In fact, why revel in the honour of being the birthplace of Canada’s first male and female Saints at all?


St. Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal

Also, don’t forget to cancel St. John Baptiste Day. After all, if Crucifixes are not allowed to be worn by public employees, why should you allow a Catholic public holiday? Here’s an idea- how about you stop celebrating religious-based, public holidays alltogether including Christmas, Easter, and St. Stephen’s Day (Boxing Day). Get rid of it all!

Now what do you have left, dear Québec? Nothing! You have successfully gutted your history and culture in honour of secularism. Congratulations! Welcome to voidsville.