A Message from Rev. Diane Rollert, Unitarian Church of Montreal


Dear CUC Friends,

We are facing challenging times in Quebec and need your support.

This past June, the Quebec government invoked the notwithstanding clause of the Canadian constitution in order to push through Bill 21, An Act Respecting the Laicity of the State. Public debate was short-circuited in order to deny basic rights to Quebec citizens that would otherwise be guaranteed by the Quebec and Canadian Charters of Rights and Freedoms.

We are already seeing the negative effects of this law, which bans the wearing of religious symbols by teachers, lawyers and police officers, among others. Quebecers are losing their religious freedom and must choose between faith and the ability to financially support themselves and their families. While this law covers all religious symbols, it is clear from government statements that the main target is Muslim women. We have already begun to see a documented rise in public attacks on women wearing the hijab.

With the support of the Montreal congregation, I’ve been working with members of Quebec’s faith communities and others to challenge this law. This spring we officially incorporated as the Comité juridique de la Coalition Inclusion Québec, and our team of lawyers has filed a legal challenge. You can find more about our case by clinking on the links below.

We know from our own research that Quebecers overwhelmingly support the Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We also know that support for Law 21 would drop significantly if the public were aware how much it violates the Quebec Charter. We believe our legal challenge can help bring this to light.

Here’s how you can help:

Please consider donating money to our legal fund. Any amount you give will make a difference! Our lawyers are donating their time, but there are costs involved, from filing fees to paying for expert witnesses.

You can donate online through PayPal clink here

Or send a cheque, payable to – Comité juridique de la Coalition Inclusion Québec,

mail to: Comité-juridique de la Coalition Inclusion Québec
℅ Rev. Diane Rollert, 5035 de Maisonneuve Ouest,
Montréal Québec H4A 1Y5

There is no inherent respect, love or justice when “laicity” is defined as repression and inequality. I believe that my UU values call me to act. I hope that you will join me in this effort. Whatever you can give will be most appreciated.

With gratitude,

Rev. Diane Rollert, Unitarian Church of Montreal

More information about our legal challenge:

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