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There must be separation between Church and State. No more oppression and slavery from Religion like the Philipines 400 years slavery under Spain/Catholic priests. OUST HARPER – watch why at SILENCE OF THE LABS

United we stand.  Divided we fall.

There are several reasons why Filipinos in Quebec must support the new Charter of Values or now officially to be called Bill 60 (thanks to Mme. Pauline Marois, see illustrations and news below).

First, it is for solidarity and to support our fellow Filipina domestic maids who are working in Muslim countries where they have no rights whatsoever and are being oppressed by working 24/7 overtime without pay, who are being maltreated by being deprived with little food, who are being raped and abused sexually, and where they have no freedom of religion whether Catholic or Christian (they are forbidden to have any Bible or Christian prayer books).

Our non-profit  blog was inspired by a Filipina domestic from the Middle East who left her newborn baby – with placenta still attached – at the Bahrain Gulf Air airplane toilet - upon landing in Manila, read her story here  She was probably raped and became pregnant that's why she did not want to keep the baby... Her despair and desperate situation are common to thousands of Filipinas working in the Middle East, read the many entries in this blog to know their sufferings: Qatar, Dubai, Morocco,  Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, etc  .

Second, it is to support our native country the Philippines who are now being battled by Muslims in the southern part of the Philippines, where thousands of young Filipino soldiers especially from Luzon are being killed, read news below.

, maybe the Muslims in Quebec are relatively "peaceful" for the moment, but in their Koran, it is written that if they "kill an infidel, they will go straight to heaven"...and all Catholic and Christian Filipinos are "infidels"....therefore the potential of these words are like ticking time-bombs.

Muslims and other immigrants to Quebec have many social benefits here - which they will never have in their original country and therefore they should not be complaining about this Charter of Values in Quebec.   Thousands of Filipinas go to work as domestic maids in Muslim countries but they do not have any of the social benefits which exist here in Quebec. 
Filipinos are hard-working people and we can work long hours without complaining but we are now being considered as "cheap labor and subservient", the fact is we are not being admired but are rather despised and looked-down upon by countries where we go to work for long unpaid hours, read here England: Filipinas are 'cheap and subservient'. 

Filipinos and Filipinas in Quebec and in many countries must learn to see the "global context" and "global consequences" of their actions.  We must learn to cooperate and collaborate together for the benefit of our entire country and our fellow people.  

We must not think only of instant gratification or for self-centered family instant gratification with our jobs as domestic workers. United we stand, divided we fallAS long as we Filipinos and Filipinas, especially those in First World countries are divided, we will never be strong.  As long as we think of our own selves and only of our individual family, the country will continue to remain "divided", weak, poor and colonized by the USA and other wealthy countries, read more here
- American IMPERIALISM in Philippines:U.S.TROOPS OUT NOW... 
Chinese invaded Zambales, blow up mountains
Philippine NEWS. Anti-IMPERIALIST groups

The Philippines was a slave country under Spain/Catholic priests for over 400 years, read the novel by Jose Rizal the national hero of the Philippines , who exposed the role of the Catholic Church in the oppression of the people

Read also why the Quebec Government must not give $25 million for the renovation of the Oratory of St. Joseph and give this money instead to build a clean running water system for poor native people of First Nations in Quebec.

United we stand strong as a people. 
but...Divided as a people - we FALL and are weak and remain easily oppressed by imperialists.

Fourth,  the Philippines was under the slavery of Spanish priests for over 400 years, read Noli Me Tangere book of Jose Rizal

 Fifth, today the Filipino people are still being misled to believe that poverty and being poor is a virtue because they are "imitating the poverty of Christ", read more here about Altar of Secrets, a new book about secret money in the  Church in the Philippines

Read about the wealth of the Vatican here

Sixth, we must have a neutral country because the Earth is neutral and has no religionNo one can put a religious symbol over nature, trees, animals, the ocean, the sky, everything that exist is free for all of God's creatures regardless of their religion.

We must support this bill and the government must pass this Charter of Values before Quebec is colonized, by numbers, by other religion.  We got rid of 95 % of Catholic churches all sold to builders of condominiums.  We got rid of big religious buildings and now, we do not need huge religious  symbols  before our eyes. 

Huge religious symbols are prozletism.  They speak to us by their colors and tissues on their heads and they preach to us by religious fanatics. 

The Bible is different because it stays at home and Christians do not carry it around their bodies.

Why we must have a neutral state like Oxygen

Oxygen is neutral and it is equally available for everyone. The sun is neutral and it shines on everyone regardless of faith or religion. 

Plants are neutral and are available to everyone regardless of faith.  Animals are neutral and are free for all to enjoy.  The Earth and the universe are for all of mankind and no religion can put its religious symbol over the earth or the sky.

As taxpayers, the state should be neutral and free for all like oxygen and the sun.   Taxpayers should not be forced to "see" huge religious symbols .  To "see" is equivalent to being proselytized, preached upon by religion because "a picture speaks a thousand words".  These huge religious symbols speak more than thousands of words about a person's personal belief.   Children in government run day-cares should not be subliminally brainwashed by those in authority who are indirectly "preaching" about their personal religion through their huge overpowering religious symbols.   The state should be separate from all religion and all servants of the state should not demonstrate their religion in works because they are paid and salaried by the state.  

It took many centuries to achieve "freedom from the oppression of religion".  It took many battles to be freed from religion.  It took many decades to finally achieve the "Separation between Church and State", read more here  how religion overpower citizens

L'oxygène est neutre et il est également disponible pour tout le monde. Le soleil est neutre et elle brille pour tout le monde indépendamment de leur foi. Les contribuables ne devraient pas être forcés de voir la religion dans la tête ou les vêtements d'autres. L'état doit être séparé de la religion et tous les serviteurs de l'Etat ne doit pas manifester leur religion dans les œuvres elles sont payées par l'état … C'est le bon moment pour passer à cette charte de la valeur pour la province du Québec.  Félicitations à Mme Marois et le PQ!

Oxygen is neutral and it is equally available for everyone. The sun is neutral and it shines on everyone regardless of faith.  Taxpayers should not be forced to see religion in other's head or clothing.  The state should be separate from religion and all servants of the state should not demonstrate their religion in works they are paid for the state.  This is the right time to pass this charter of value for congratulations to Madame Marois and the PQ!

OUST HARPER - do not vote Conservative = watch why

Silence of the Labs - The Fifth Estate - CBC Player
Jan 11, 2014

With massive cuts by Ottawa to everything from food inspections to water quality and climate change and the dismissal of more than 2,000 federal scientists and researchers, some scientists have become unlikely radicals -- denouncing what they call a politically-driven war on knowledge. In Silence of the Labs, Linden MacIntyre tells their story - and what is at stake for Canadians - from Nova Scotia to the B.C. Pacific Coast and the far Arctic Circle.


Un état neutre comme l'oxygène...POUR la Charte des valeurs québécoises

Nous devons avoir un état neutre, comme l'oxygène.

L'oxygène est neutre et il est également disponible pour tout le monde. Le soleil est neutre et elle brille pour tout le monde, indépendamment de leur foi ou leur religion.

Les plantes sont neutres et sont disponibles pour tout le monde indépendamment de leur foi.

Les animaux sont neutres et sont gratuits pour tous, indépendamment de leur religion

La Terre et l'univers sont pour toute l'humanité et aucune religion ne peut mettre son symbole religieux sur la terre ou le ciel.

L'État doit être neutre   pour tous comme l'oxygène, la terre,  le soleil et l’univers.
Les contribuables ne devraient pas être obligés de "voir" d'énormes symboles religieux dans un bureau ou un bâtiment payés par l'Etat. Parce que «voir» est équivalent à  prosélytisme, équivalent à   d’être prêché parce que « une image vaut mille mots». Ces énormes symboles religieux parlent plus que des milliers de mots sur la croyance personnelle d'une personne.

Les enfants dans de  garderies (payé par les contribuables) ne devraient pas être subliminale endoctrinés par ceux en position d'autorité.  Ils ne doivent pas être victimes de "prosélytisme indirect" par leurs soignants, lisez plus ici "Pourquoi le peuple philippins du Québec doivent soutenir la Charte des valeurs" à Filipina nannies caregivers blog

L'état doit être séparé de toute religion et tous les serviteurs de l’État ne devraient pas manifester leur religion dans les travaux parce qu'ils sont payés et salarié par l'État.

Il a fallu plusieurs siècles pour parvenir à " la liberté de l'oppression de la religion». Il a fallu beaucoup de batailles d’être libéré de la religion. Il a fallu plusieurs décennies pour finalement atteindre la «séparation entre l'Église et l'État», lire la suite ici comment la religion accabler la population .

Justin Trudeau est un gros zéro et très ignorant de l'histoire pour comparer le Québec à l'époque de Martin Luther King.  Quelle honte! Quelle honte! Nous espérons que Justin Trudeau ne deviendra jamais premier ministre du Canada
il y a de «liberté de pensée» et la liberté de religion au Québec. Mais les contribuables devraient pouvoir respirer l'air frais dans un état neutre.

J'espère que les Montréalais en particulier tous les maires et les politiciens vont se réveiller et soutenir la Charte des valeurs…avant que nous sommes colonisés par une autre religion après nous nous sommes débarrassés et fermé avec succès 95 pour cent des églises catholiques !

Voici un blog qui est une compilation des nouvelles et des articles pour soutenir la Charte des Valeurs

Nous devons soutenir ce projet de loi et le gouvernement doit passer cette charte des valeurs avant que le Québec est colonisé, par le nombre, par autre religion. Nous nous sommes débarrassés de 95% des églises catholiques, tous vendus à des constructeurs de condominiums.

Nous nous sommes débarrassés de grands édifices religieux et maintenant, nous n'avons pas besoin d'énormes symboles religieux devant nos yeux.

Les symboles religieux sont des énormes prozletism. Ils nous parlent de leurs couleurs et de tissus sur leurs têtes et ils prêchent sur nous par des fanatiques religieux. .

La Bible est différente parce qu'il reste à la maison et les chrétiens n'ont pas le porter autour de leur corps.

Vote à la majorité de PQ et Madame Marois à la prochaine élection!!
Source Un état neutre comme l'oxygène...POUR la Charte des valeurs québécoises

Bill 60
Charter affirming the values of State
secularism and religious neutrality and
of equality between women and men,
and providing a framework for
accommodation requests

Introduced by
Mr. Bernard Drainville
Minister responsible for Democratic Institutions
and Active Citizenship
Québec Official Publisher

This gigantic statue of St. Joseph is larger than all veils that the Quebec Charter of Values prohibit...and it does not deserve $50 million of taxpayers' money to renovate it -- like the "Bling" 43 million Euros renovation of the Bishop's Palace in Germany, read here .

Taxpayers must not pay for the Oratory's renovations because the CSC priests are billionaires and the Oratory generate tens of millions of income in their stores and tourism and they do not pay taxes.  Most of all, see and expose the HOAX of the Eucharist of the fake cloning of Christ's flesh.

Catholic priests are false magicians of the fake cloning of the flesh of Jesus Christ…see images  of the Dolly the cloned SHEEP.

Catholic priests and popes and bishops cannot clone an ant, cannot clone a fish, cannot clone cats and dogs,
Therefore, they cannot clone Jesus Christ!

Wake up people! STOP GIVING your MONEY to the CATHOLIC CHURCH and give to the POOR instead – GIVE to the homeless of Montreal, the FIRST NATIONS to build them homes with running water and clean toilets.

The Catholic Church is the wealthiest organization on earth, read here the hidden wealth of the Vatican 

Read here the Vatican Concordats that usurp billions of dollars from each 175 countries

REad full article here


NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair’s next task: Win over the country 

In the latest polls, voter support for the NDP is holding firm. And Thomas Mulcair’s personal appeal is finally nuding up. (Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail)

John Ibbitson 
The Globe and Mail
Last updated 

High stakes. But Mr. Mulcair is supremely confident after his brilliant performance during the Senate expenses scandal; his relentless, prosecutorial grilling damaged Mr. Harper’s credibility and solidified his own reputation as a tactician.
“In 2015, people are going to be looking for somebody able to run the country,” he told The Globe and Mail during a wide-ranging conversation in his spacious Centre Block office above that of the Prime Minister. “I’ve got 35 years’ experience.”
The question is whether, even with those 35 years, Canadians are ready to hand the reins to the tax-and-spend social democrats, and to a leader often portrayed as impersonal and inaccessible?
His chief rivals have problems. Mr. Harper is battling scandal and voter fatigue while Mr. Trudeau is untested and still struggling to revive a party not far removed from its deathbed.
But both are much better known, and even the oft-maligned Prime Minister is more popular, a deficit Mr. Mulcair must overcome quickly. In politics, momentum is a fickle force, and the afterglow from the Senate scandal may soon fade.
His party has a strategy, however, one it hopes will make Mulcair a household name, and this week the first polling of the new year offered some encouragement. Nanos Research reports that, among voters asked which party they would consider endorsing, NDP support is holding firm while that of both the Liberals and Conservatives has not. Even better, Mr. Mulcair’s personal appeal went up and Mr. Trudeau’s fell, a sign the Liberal leader’s honeymoon may be coming to an end, just as a Tom-meets-the-people tour is to begin next week.
Rea more here

Pro-Charter rally in Montreal draws hundreds in favour of 'values' legislation

Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, September 22, 2013 4:37PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, September 23, 2013 12:12AM EDT 
MONTREAL -- Supporters of Quebec's charter of values numbered in the hundreds as they descended on downtown Montreal calling for a secular state and urging the government to go forward with its plan to push state employees to leave their religious garb at home.

The Parti Quebecois government formally announced its plan earlier this month, one that would prohibit state employees from wearing overt religious symbols. That would include everyone from judges and police officers to daycare and health care workers and school teachers.

Several hundred gathered in a Montreal square on Sunday and marched to voice their support for the Parti Quebecois' controversial secular plan for public sector employees.

"If we don't have religious symbols, I think it's easier to accept each other for all societies," said Robert Carrier, one of those on hand.

Polls commissioned in recent weeks have suggested a deep divide among Quebecers over the controversial charter. Those same polls have also suggested that support for it has been dropping.

But those who gathered under a light rain on Sunday said it's necessary to have such rules to be able to live together. They argue that religion is creeping into everyday Quebec society and it causes strife between citizens.

Daphne Poirier said she has friends who are Jewish and Arab and they all have different views on their own religion -- some are more observant while others have a more lax attitude. In the end, it has little impact on her personal dealings with them.

"My friendship goes beyond their system of values," said Poirier, a translator who defines herself as an atheist. She says she doesn't push her beliefs on anyone and doesn't think others should be able to on her.

"I respect everybody and what they do when they go to the synagogue or when they go to a mosque, that's their (business)," she said. "But I don't think it belongs in the public space."

Sunday's rally was the first one in favour of the charter and came on the heels an anti-charter rally in the provincial capital on Saturday and a significantly larger anti-charter march in Montreal a little over a week ago.

Marchers carried cutout fleur-de-lis and Quebec flags. They carried signs that read "'we're born naked and everything else is superfluous" and "secularism that's open to closed religions doesn't work."

The group included very few visible minorities.

But it also included those who feel the charter doesn't go far enough, namely when it comes to the cross that hangs in the Quebec legislature above the Speaker's chair. That one was spared under the PQ plan, with the reason that they are key to Quebec's cultural history.

"If we really want to separate church and religion, then we have to go all the way and the cross at the national assembly doesn't have its place (today)," said Olivier Chantraine, who said he's much more in favour of the charter than opposed, although he has issues with the way it's being proposed.

"For me the freedom of religion should not surpass liberty of expression and if we can't have political badges at work, why should we be allowed religious symbols?," Chantraine said. "It should be the same for everyone."

And that's why the crucifix should go from the legislature, Chantraine added, calling it hypocritical to keep the crucifix. "That's how it can be seen as racist and xenophobic," he added.

The minority PQ government is expected to table the charter this fall after hearing from the public and has continued to defend it publicly in the last week.

But the charter is unlikely to pass in its current form. The opposition Liberals are against the charter altogether and the second opposition party that has the swing vote in legislature, the Coalition, has denounced it as too radical.

The Coalition has offered to endorse a watered-down version, but the PQ has suggested it will listen to public input and might negotiate with opposition parties after it has been tabled.

Bernard Drainville, the minister in charge of the charter, said he expected the debate to last weeks and hoped for civilized, constructive debate.

That was echoed by another demonstrator, who called for an end to what he calls "chartophobia."

"Yes, the state can make compromises and religions should too," said Fabrice St-Pierre. "From my end, I'm in favour of the ban ... I don't think it's excessive to ask people to remove religious symbols while they work for the state."

Organizers said they're pleased with the turnout, given the event was organized at the last minute using social media. They expect a loud pro-charter movement to take shape in the coming weeks.

"It's just the beginning, continue the debate!," the crowd chanted to end the march.
Two men argue during a demonstration in support of a proposed Quebec values charter in Montreal, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. (Graham Hughes / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
 If we don't have religious symbols, I think it's easier to accept each other for all societies,"said Robert Carrier,

Coalition supports Charter of Quebec Values

CTV Montreal
Published Tuesday, September 24, 2013 

Supporters of the proposed Charter of Quebec Values are banding together in an umbrella group to voice their support for a secular Quebec.

The Rassemblement pour la laïcité, or the Gathering for Secularity, is composed of many groups which have already publicly declared their support for the Charter including the union of public and parapublic workers (SFPQ), SPQ Libre and the Quebec Secular Movement, and notable individuals such as Martine Desjardins, former president of FEUQ, and ex-Supreme Court Justice Claire L'Heureux-Dubé.

At a news conference on Tuesday members reiterated their desire that Quebec alter the existing Quebec Charter of Rights to include the right to be free from religion, especially for all aspects of the government.

The group said the proposal made by the Parti Quebecois government was actually too lax, and demanding that the crucifix given to the province of Quebec in 1936 be removed from the National Assembly, and that the proposed exemption clause be eliminated and replaced with a phase-in period for all government-paid employees.

Hijabs: a symbol of male oppression

Leila Bensalem, a teacher with the Commission scolaire de Montreal (CSDM), said the province needed to have a discussion about what was reasonable and rational in terms of making accommodations for religion. (See video in the link)

She said that demands from students and teachers for halal meat in cafeterias, and for days off to celebrate religious holidays, should no longer be dealt with on an ad-hoc basis but instead be subject to strict regulation.

Bensalem also spoke strongly against women who wear hijabs, saying that headscarves were the first symbol of patriarchal oppression.

"Just think of the fundamentalists when they establish an Islamic republic. The first thing they ask of Muslim women is to wear the veil, when it's not the burqa or the niqab or whatever. It's like the flag they want their women to wear and they represent that mentality," said Bensalem.

Many women in Quebec who wear hijabs say that may be the case in other countries, but not in Canada, where the hijab is almost always a personal choice made by a woman to show her devotion to her faith.

Is Quebec historically secular?

Members of the coalition showed some division when it came to the history of the province, with some saying that secularism is a historic Quebec value, one that was actually fought for by the Patriotes revolution in the 1800s.

Other speakers disagreed, and said what was important was that Quebec was a society that had been dominated by the Catholic church for many years, only to finally throw off the yoke of quasi-religious rule within living memory.

Ex-Supreme Court judge expected to back Quebec values charter

Claire L’Heureux-Dubé claims she sees more veiled women in Quebec than in her travels to Muslim countries.


A former Supreme Court of Canada judge, who claims she sees more veiled women in Quebec than in her travels to Muslim countries such as Pakistan and Morocco, is expected to line up behind the Parti Québécois’ charter of values and lend her legal credibility to the proposed ban on religious clothing in the public service.
The province’s minority government argues that its initiative will bring to heel a growing wave of unreasonable faith-based exceptions from societal and workplace rules, guarantee equality of the sexes in the province and reinforce the religious neutrality of the state.
The many critics in the political, legal and academic arenas warn the proposal would violate religious freedoms already enshrined in Canadian and Quebec charter rights and inevitably be ruled unconstitutional.
But Claire L’Heureux-Dubé, who sat on the country’s top court from 1987 until 2002, argued in a lengthy May 2013 radio interview that some rights are more fundamental than others and that, in Canada, the right to equality trumps religion.

“My vision is that there are fundamental rights. The right to live is fundamental. There is no accommodation . . . . Equality is the same thing,” she told Radio-Canada host Michel Lacombe.
“There are also civil liberties that are extremely important, but they’re not on the same level. Freedom of expression and freedom of religion are another thing. They are civil liberties that can be reduced by what is reasonable in a free and democratic society.”
L’Heureux-Dubé said that in travels abroad for legal conferences, she has noticed that the face of females in the Muslim world is increasingly one that is uncovered.

“There are more uncovered faces in Pakistan and Morocco and all those places than there are here.”
L’Heureux Dubé did not respond to an interview request Monday but she is confirmed as a member of Rassemblement pour la laïcité (Rally for Secularism), which will present itself Tuesday morning as a diverse group of union leaders, academics, politicians and activists in support a strictly secular Quebec.
A spokesperson for the group said the retired judge was out of the country.
The organization spokesperson, Michèle Sirois, would not discuss the details of their position, though many members have long-held positions in favour of a ban on religious clothing for police officers, teachers, doctors, daycare workers and any others who receive a paycheque from the provincial government.
Others have also argued that the crucifix that hangs in the Quebec legislature should be removed — a position that the PQ government has rejected by arguing that the symbol of Catholicism is a reminder of the province’s heritage.
The legal reasons underpinning L’Heureux Dubé’s position on secularism would seem to be in line with that of the legal advice provided to the PQ government last spring that sections of both the Canadian and Quebec charters of rights and freedoms allow for laws that make a reasonable infringement on certain constitutional rights.
But her support for more strict rules around religious neutrality in the public sector and the equality between men and women is a lifetime in the making for the first female Supreme Court justice from Quebec, who has a reputation as a staunch advocate of social justice that often put her at odds with her fellow judges.
She held nothing back in the May interview, saying that complete face covering for Muslim women was a sign of “oppression” and that explicit rules on what is unacceptable in the name of secularism will ensure that immigrants “become like us.”
L’Heureux-Dubé praised France for fighting so long and hard to instill its secular state where freedom and equality are the founding motto. She said the laissez-faire approach taken in the United Kingdom would be a disastrous model for Quebec.
Quebec Premier Pauline Marois put forward a similar pro-France justification in a recent interview defending her government’s values charter, controversially saying that in England, “they argue and throw bombs at each other because it’s multiculturalism and people are no longer able to see themselves in that society.”


Coalition supports Charter of Quebec Values | CTV Montreal News
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Hundreds attend pro-charter 'values' rally in Montreal | CTV News
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7 days ago - Demonstrators took to the streets to show their support for Quebec values.


The state has an obligation to be neutral, which is an essential condition to ensure freedom of conscience and religion. 

The best way to respect everyone’s beliefs is for the state to remain neutral and have no religion. This principle promotes pluralism by ensuring fair and equal treatment of all beliefs.


Contributions by Quebecers of all origins have enabled us to build an open society that shares fundamental values. These values defining Québec society and constituting a form of social contract are, among others, equality between women and men, religious neutrality of Québec’s public institutions, and recognition of a common historic heritage.

By affirming these values, we are proposing to build a strong Québec identity, whether one was born here or elsewhere.

Quebec politician proposes government ban on religious headwear

The proposal, which would forbid public employees from wearing hijabs and turbans, will be introduced for debate later this year

Tuesday 10 September 2013

Religious ornaments that could be worn by public employees under the proposal. Photograph: Quebec government website     

Quebec is proposing a law that would forbid government workers from wearing religious headwear such as hijabs, turbans, and kippas.

The separatist Parti Québécois government said Tuesday the so-called "values charter" will be introduced for debate later this year.

The plan has revived a debate in Quebec over religious accommodation and has been widely criticized in the rest of Canada.
Bernard Drainville, the minister responsible for the proposal, says the goal is to ensure the complete neutrality of the state on religion.

The ban would apply to every public worker, including teachers and police. It would not apply to elected officials because people have a right to choose their representative, Drainville said.

Smaller religious symbols, such as a Christian cross on a necklace or the Star of David on a ring, will be allowed.

The federal government has said it will seek the advice of the Department of Justice and suggested it could go to court if the proposal violates fundamental rights.

Examples of 'ostentatious' religious headwear that would be banned for public employees under the proposal. Photograph: Quebec government website/

Read related article against religious giant statue in Montreal

 BOYCOTT Oratory of Saint Joseph! CANDLES to giant Zeus statues of St. Joseph & Brother Andre CANNOT PROTECT CHILDREN from CSC PEDOPHILES  read -

Brother Andre's Chapel at Oratory of St. Joseph
The ladies of Femen Quebec

Chatting with Femen Quebec about Nudity, the Crucifix, and the Charter of Values

Quebec’s mind-numbingly boring legislative National Assembly was recently treated to a lot more toplessness than the usual Jesus Christ—who is known for hanging out on the cross at the front of the room with his shirt off—when three women stormed the parliamentry proceedings, ripped off their shirts and yelled out “Crucifix, décalisse” or “Crucifix, get the fuck out,” for those of you not familiar with sacrilegious Quebecois slang.

As you’ve probably figured out by now, the three women are members of the controversial feminist movement Femen. This time, the women went topless to protest the presence of the crucifix inside the National Assembly in contrast to the supposed “religious neutrality” of the controversial Quebec Charter of Values.

One of the spokespeople for Femen Quebec, which is the first active Femen branch in all of North America, is Ukrainian-born, Northern-Quebec-raised Xenia Chernyshova.This event marked the first time in the history of Femen where members were able to enter and protest inside a parliament building, but this isn’t Xenia’s first time making history with her politically involved breasts.

Xenia was part of a small group of women, alongside Inna Shevchenko, who chainsawed a four-meter high wooden crucifix in Kiev, as the Moscow court was about to release the verdict on the Pussy Riot case.

I decided to call up this topless protester to talk about this week’s action at the National Assembly and her take on the Quebec Charter of Values.

Praying topless is all the rage ia Facebook.

VICE: Hi Xenia. First off, I want to ask you what consequences are you and the other girls facing right now?

We were charged with nudity, indecent exposure and disrupting public order. According to the criminal code, I don’t think we are going to be formally accused of anything because we can contest that our body can be used as a political tribune. When we were there, even the security agents seemed to understand our action better than anybody else. You could see it in their eyes.
What has been the impact so far of your action at the National Assembly?

Politicians have reacted saying people should completely dismiss it. They want to keep their eyes shut. There’s been a media storm surrounding this story and now people are talking about it. That’s the goal of Femen, to get people’s attention. We use methods that are extremely crude. Nowadays, to get a message across and break through the constant flow of information, we need to go hard. Then we have to work to explain the meaning behind our performance.

Let’s get to that. Why did you choose to show up and protest bare-chested at the National Assembly?

We decided to focus on the crucifix. Ever since the debate over the Quebec Charter of Values has sprung, there seems to have been a great lack of coherence. The crucifix is inside the parliament, a place synonymous with neutrality. The government wants the state to be neutral. If the government is not willing to compromise, there is no reason why individuals from different religions should be willing to compromise on their religious affiliations. The charter brings along a complete incomprehension between “old stock” Quebecers and immigrants.

Would you say the government is being hypocritical by saying that the crucifix inside the Assembly is part of our “cultural heritage”?

In previous demonstrations, we have criticized the fact that the crucifix was put in place by Maurice Duplessis in 1936. It represents a seal between the state and the Roman Catholic Church. This seems a bit ridiculous. The National Assembly existed before 1936, which means that it was able to operate without the crucifix. It seems like they’re trying really hard to justify this so-called “cultural heritage.” Why would this symbol dominate all the other ones? This is the question we are asking. Femen is against religious institutions, we are basically fighting religions. Feminism and religion don’t quite seem to get along. Every religion has oppressed at one point or another and continues to oppress women.

So, would you say you are for complete secularism?
Of the state, yes. What I find completely ridiculous is that, in other places in the world, women are persecuted for not wearing a veil while here they’re being persecuted for wearing one. Secularism in Quebec is already pretty entrenched in our society. But the main thing that bothers me is that I don’t know anyone with strong visible religious affiliations that are affecting their public jobs. Where are they? Has there ever been a major instance where someone’s faith has disrupted the neutrality of the state?

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Battle drags on between Philippine troops and Muslim rebels,0,2654632.story

Filipino special forces troops carry the flag-draped coffins of fellow service members killed in clashes with Muslim rebels around the southern port city of Zamboanga, where fighting has been flaring for 17 days. (Francis R. Malasig / European Pressphoto Agency / September 25, 2013)

Philippine government troops claimed more than a week ago to be mopping up a failed attempt by Muslim rebels to seize the port city of Zamboanga, but news media report continuing clashes and mounting casualties.

The fighting, in its 17th day when dawn broke over the paralyzed city Thursday, has destroyed 1,000 buildings, driven at least 80,000 local residents from their homes and killed scores, Asia Times Online reported. It has also reportedly spread to areas of the southern island of Mindanao and has involved other Muslim militants, including Abu Sayyaf.

"The Zamboanga crisis has laid bare the inherent vulnerabilities of the Philippine government in providing security to its citizens as well as instituting durable peace in Mindanao," the online news site said in an analysis of the crisis.

Government-run media have reported little about the sporadic fighting that has closed schools and transit operations for more than two weeks, apparently in fear of scaring off investors and tourists and alarming the millions of Filipinos who work and live abroad. Independent media, though, have lamented the dearth of attention on the Philippine crisis in comparison with the four-day siege of a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

About 200 rebels of the Moro National Liberation Front, which has been fighting for autonomy for Philippine Muslims for more than 40 years, sailed from their island villages west of Zamboanga on Sept. 9 to launch a pre-dawn assault on the port city of 800,000. The attackers had planned to march to the city center, plant a flag at City Hall and proclaim the Independent Bangsamoro Republic, according to

Inquirer quoted Philippine army spokesman Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala as saying 103 rebels had been killed since the abortive attempt to seize the city and that another 118 had surrendered. At least 14 government troops and security officers have  died, as well as several civilians.

While the deployment of more than 3,000 police and soldiers scattered the initial invaders and drove them into small factions holding out in the evacuated outskirts, reinforcements from allied Muslim factions have arrived to spread the clashes and standoffs to surrounding towns, Inquirer said.

President Benigno Aquino III has issued an ultimatum for the rebel front's founder, Nur Misuari, to surrender, warning that the government is prepared to use additional force. The threat followed reports that Misuari recruited impoverished rebels for the Zamboanga siege with promises of money and arms.

Misuari also led the gunmen to believe their actions were the start of a United Nations operation to secure the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Asia Times Online said. The news site quoted Mujiv Hataman, leader of the ARMM, an area of southern territory over which officials in Manila and Moro have been negotiating under a tentative power- and resource-sharing agreement reached last year with a splinter group of the original Moro front.

Muslims make up about 5% of the Philippines' 106 million population, while the vast majority of the rest adhere to Catholicism or other Christian faiths.

The government has been struggling with Muslim insurgents since the Moro front was founded in 1971, with at least 120,000 estimated to have died in the fighting.

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