A Canadian province that is openly secular humanist in its attitude and ideology is considering whether or not to include religious services, weddings and funerals in its upcoming vaccine passport mandate, barring anyone from attending church unless they can show they are vaccinated.
The move comes as the province of Quebec, with its population of over 8 million people, announced that in order to stave off a fourth wave they say is inevitable, are instituting a vaccine passport system in the province starting September 1. This new law will require proof of immunization from anyone wishing to attend all public spaces, such as festivals, bars, training facilities, restaurants and gyms, and other organized large gatherings.
As far as whether or not churches and religious services will be included, Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé said that they are “still deciding” and that the government is still discussing whether or not to include them as part of the mandate.
It is a very, very likely possibility they will include it, on account of how openly hostile they are to religious freedom. In 2019 they passed the “Act respecting the laicity of the State” which probits public servants like police officers, judges, lawyers, teachers, principals, government employees from wearing any sort of religious imagery, including such things as crosses around your neck or on rings or earrings.
Currently, 84% of Quebecers have received the first dose of the vaccination and 72% of people aged 12 and up are fully vaccinated, but that won’t stop the province from instituting a full-on COVID passport. According to a CBC report:
“The government wants to have the smartphone application ready for use across the province by September, though people who do not have a smartphone will be able to use the paper vaccination certificates issued at vaccine centres. They can also print out their QR code or request a paper version by mail.
Dubé says the application will read the QR code sent to people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Businesses will need to download an application to read the QR codes and clients will need a different application to display them. Both apps should be available later this month and will be free.”
Not willing to be outdone, Liberal Leader Iain Rankin in the province of Nova Scotia is running on a platform of this very thing, promising that if reelected in the upcoming election, his government would bring in a COVID-19 vaccine passport system with likely the same restrictions.
Pray for our Christian brothers and sisters up in Quebec
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