Stop Vaccine Passports for Churches in Quebec

Petition to: Premier François Legault

 

Stop Vaccine Passports for Churches in Quebec

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Stop Vaccine Passports for Churches in Quebec

Quebec Premier François Legault has mandated that anyone who wishes to go to church or any place of worship in Quebec must have two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

There is already a restriction in Quebec that churches must be below a 50% capacity, with a maximum of 250 people. But now Quebec’s government has gone even further by telling religious communities in Quebec that they need to undergo a medical procedure if they wish to have access to sacraments or to their faith communities.

This decision was not made with a sufficient amount of consultation with religious leaders in Quebec. The Bishop of the Diocese of Pembroke stated in a letter that Catholic bishops in Quebec weren’t consulted. The fact that the Archdiocese in Quebec has chosen to suspend all masses in Quebec City until January 10th instead of complying with the vaccine mandate implies that this was the case.

By demanding places of worship to require vaccine passports, the government of Quebec is controlling access to these places of worship and inappropriately dictating the conditions under which Quebec citizens can participate in their faith communities. With this policy, the Quebec government is trying to demonstrate that they have power over religious leaders in deciding who should participate in their faith. As well, they are trying to demonstrate that religion is so non-essential that there is no problem in the government controlling who can be allowed access or denied access to their places of worship.

Telling citizens of any faith that they must take a vaccine, which they may have sincere ethical objections to, in order to participate in their faith is essentially forcing them to get the vaccine against their will. Regardless of what one thinks of COVID-19 vaccines currently offered in Canada, we must all respect the autonomy of the individual enough to believe that no one should be forced against their will to get it.

Premier François Legault is trampling on the religious freedoms and the freedom of conscience of Quebec citizens, and we shouldn’t stand for it. Please sign today to tell Premier François Legault that he must drop the vaccine passport requirement on places of worship immediately!



More information:

Quebec's current restrictions on places of worship: https://www.quebec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus/measures-in-force/weddings-places-worship-funerals

Letter by Bishop of the Diocese of Pembroke: https://pembrokediocese.com/article/an-unusual-christmas/

Archdiocese of Quebec's response: https://www.ecdq.org/noel-2021-nouveau-communique-sur-la-suspension-des-celebrations/

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Premier Legault, Stop Vaccine Passports for Churches

Dear Premier François Legault,

The Quebec government’s policy of using vaccine passports to deny unvaccinated Canadians access to places of worship is unacceptable and must immediately come to an end.

Telling Quebec citizens that they need to undergo a medical procedure which they may have sincere conscientious objections to if they wish to have access to sacraments and to their faith communities is reprehensible. With this policy, the Quebec government is blatantly trampling on the religious freedoms and conscience rights of Canadians.

Quebec citizens who object to taking any of the currently-offered COVID-19 vaccine for serious and sincere reasons, relating to things such as their religious denomination or due to the vaccine being tested on cell lines which derived from an aborted child, should be allowed to reject this medical procedure without having their faith life severely crippled. It is not the role of the government to dictate who can or cannot go to church. We have a right to freely celebrate religion, and religion plays an essential role in the lives of millions of people in Quebec.

The measures taken to protect Quebec citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic must still protect the most fundamental rights of Canadians. For this reason, the vaccine passport requirement for places of worship must be ended immediately.

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Stop Vaccine Passports for Churches in Quebec

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