March 22, 2023

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Attacking children in the name of God

Attacking children in the name of God

If you read my column regularly, you know that I have often condemned the complacency of our governments towards religious communities.

Why do we accept that religious societies refuse to give a proper education to the children who grow up among them? Why do we accept that harmful creatures are being taught, abused and attacked in the name of ignorant dogmas? In short, why are we leaving young people in Quebec to the finished crackpots?

Shocking and inspiring

So I clapped when I found out that Club Illico was going to air a two-part documentary on the subject, which was very close to my heart.

By name Religious Worship: Forgotten Children, Available from Wednesday This hard documentary written by Mary-Claude Barrett (journalist) and Patricia Beaulie (director) fulfilled my expectations.

Through the moving testimonies of many “survivors” of religious communities, courageous and inspiring young people (brothers, sisters, parents, friends) are finally left to live a normal life, Mary-Claude Barrett shows how slow our governments are, bending their knees and denouncing their principles when religion is shown.

In the 82 minutes that this documentary continues, Mary-Claude hammers out the same question: Why do we accept this?

Why print the label “religious community” to suddenly have the right to life and death over minors?

The most surprising thing about this documentary is how much our current elected officials are pushing this question.

For a few months, Mary-Claude Barrett asked to be interviewed by the Minister of Health and Social Services, Lionel Garment, and the Minister of Education, Jean-Franకోois Roberz.

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Waste of effort. His requests came to an inappropriate conclusion.

I understand that we are in the middle of an epidemic and that these two ministers have been fired.

But still, the planet continues to revolve. And every day, children continue to attack in the name of Jehovah, Patof or other imaginary characters.

The virus, as far as I know, did not indicate an end to the abuse or declare a ceasefire in favor of the abused minors.

Bravo, Madame Maltois!

Fortunately, there was Agnes Maltois, who did not let go.

Patricia Beaulieu, a former PQ member (who stirred the world for the National Assembly to take sectarian abuse seriously) continues to defend her cause in front of the camera, and I understand why I am so frustrated with this woman. What a passion! How brave! Because, yes, it takes courage to stand up to religious groups in 2021 …

Remember the petitionTo me Maltois went into circulation three years ago.

In the pursuit of religious freedom, she said, it was unacceptable for sectarian groups to take illegal action without being punished.

The Quebec community could not tolerate that children had no right to education.

What happened to his idea of ​​a commission on sectarian violations? Nothing.

Fortunately, Mary-Claude Barrett put the matter back on the agenda.

Messrs. Garment and Roberz, we look forward to your answers to the questions asked in this documentary.