Jewish Hospital Won't Comply with Religious Symbol Ban

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Montreal's Jewish General Hospital says it won't comply with a new bill that would ban religious symbols on public employees, including hospital workers.
 
The goal of the legislation, called The Secularism Charter, is to create state religious neutrality in Quebec.
 
"This bill is flawed and contrary to Quebec's spirit of inclusiveness and tolerance," he said. "If approved, this offensive legislation would make it extremely difficult for the JGH to function as an exemplary member of Quebec's public healthcare system," Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg, the hospital's executive director, said in a statement Nov. 13.
 
"Contrary to statements in the bill, the JGH believes that neutrality in the delivery of healthcare services is not compromised by religious symbols in the clothing of employees," he added.
 
The hospital, which was founded in 1934 and has a staff of 5,000, is mostly run by members of the Jewish community.

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