Posts Tagged ‘Religious symbols’

Secularism bill aims to ban all religious symbols Comments 0

Monday, April 1st, 2019

A secularism bill currently before the Quebec government aims to ensure the religious neutrality of the state. The preamble to Bill 21, entitled “An Act respecting the laicity of the State,” explains the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government’s motivation. It says the Quebec nation “has its own characteristics, one of which is its civil law Read more

Irish Catholic hospitals may have to remove religious symbols Comments 0

Monday, March 4th, 2019

Catholic hospitals in Ireland may have to remove crucifixes and other religious symbols from rooms with non-Catholic patients. A new report issued last Thursday by former European Union official Catherine Day focused on the relationship between the Irish state and Church-run hospitals. There are twelve Catholic hospitals in the Republic of Ireland, all of which Read more

A third of nations have religious symbols on flags Comments 0

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

A third of the world’s 196 countries currently have national flags that include religious symbols, according to a new Pew Research analysis. Of the 64 countries in this category, about half have Christian symbols (48%) and about a third include Islamic religious symbols (33%), with imagery on flags from the world’s two largest religious groups Read more

Will religious symbols be banned in schools? Comments 0

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Concerns are being raised that all religious symbols could be abolished from schools following the removal of Bible studies from an Auckland school timetable. Some parents are worried that New Zealand could follow the lead of France and enforce a strict secular educational environment. It comes two weeks after St Heliers School announced it would Read more