Bravo to Quebec lawmakers for creating the new Secular Charter. I am happy that Quebec has the courage to take such actions, under the guidance of Mme Marois. Those who do not share our values, who do not uphold the rights of women, will seek to neutralize our values.
As a Buddhist monk, I would never ask to work in a public office while wearing my robes, and those of other religions should practice their religion in their own homes and not in the public workplace. The majority of those who are protesting this decision are members of the Muslim community, but any skilled scholar will tell you that wearing a hijab is not mandatory and has nothing to do with practicing Islam. In fact, it is a tradition that has been made commonplace by right wing fundamentalist Islamists. If we allow hijabs then we must allow other forms of decoration, and that can and certainly would lead to variations that we simply cannot tolerate.