Ron Csillag

Ron Csillag is an author at Religion News Service.

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Charter of Quebec Values would ban ‘overt’ religious symbols

September 12, 2013

(RNS) The Charter of Quebec Values would prohibit public employees from wearing large crosses and crucifixes, Islamic headscarves, Sikh turbans and Jewish yarmulkes.

Quebec moves to ban religious headgear for public employees

August 23, 2013

(RNS) The measure would prohibit doctors, nurses, police officers, civil servants, public school teachers and public day care workers from wearing hijabs, turbans, yarmulkes and visible crucifixes or crosses.

Quebec lifts turban ban, but allegations of intolerance linger

June 17, 2013

(RNS) The Quebec Soccer Federation lifted the Sikh headgear ban Saturday (June 15). But allegations of religious intolerance and racism still linger.

Soccer ban on Sikh turbans leads to backlash against Quebec

June 14, 2013

TORONTO (RNS) The decision to ban Sikh religious headgear is the latest chapter in Quebec’s hotly contested debate over religious accommodation.

Canadians turning away from organized religion

May 15, 2013

TORONTO (RNS) A new national study shows that while Canada is still overwhelmingly Christian, Canadians are turning their backs on organized religion in ever greater numbers.

Homeless Jesus sculpture searches for a home

April 17, 2013

TORONTO (RNS) Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz’s latest creation is a depiction of Jesus as a homeless man sleeping on a bench. The only problem? Churches he has offered the sculpture have turned him down.

Canadian prisoners sue over lack of chaplains

April 2, 2013

TORONTO (RNS) A group of prisoners in British Columbia is suing the Canadian government over a policy to cancel the contracts of non-Christian chaplains.

Quebec loses status as Canada’s most secular province

February 25, 2013

TORONTO (RNS) Are Quebecers getting more religious or are other Canadians getting more secular? Either way, Quebec is no longer Canada’s most secular province, according to a new report.

Canada names head of religious freedom office

February 19, 2013

TORONTO (RNS) After nearly two years of delay, Canada on Tuesday finally named its ambassador for the Office of Religious Freedom.

Catholic college engages atheism head-on

January 25, 2013

TORONTO (RNS) It’s an unlikely setting for an unlikely class. The chapel at Jesuit-run Regis College is adorned with stained glass, icons of Mary and Joseph, and the Stations of the Cross. The eight-week course being taught here is on atheism. More properly, “Responding to 21st-Century Atheism.”

Customer sues Muslim barber for refusing to cut her hair

November 15, 2012

TORONTO (RNS) A Toronto woman has lodged a complaint against a barber who refused to cut her hair because he's Muslim. By Ron Csillag.

Canada cuts all non-Christian prison chaplains

October 5, 2012

TORONTO (RNS) The Canadian government is canceling the contracts of all non-Christian chaplains at federal prisons as a cost-cutting measure, saying non-Christians inmates will be expected to turn to Christian prison chaplains for religious counsel. By Ron Csillag.

Parents seek veto on sexuality teaching in Ontario schools

September 13, 2012

TORONTO (RNS) A group of conservative Christian and Muslim parents in Ontario want schools to notify them before their children are taught about sexuality, birth control, “environmental worship” and occult practices. By Ron Csillag.

Canadian man sues to stop ‘anguish’ of Lord’s Prayer

August 8, 2012

TORONTO (RNS) A Canadian man is suing his local government to stop the recitation of the Lord's Prayer, claiming “anguish, discrimination, exclusion, rejection and loss of enjoyment of life.” By Ron Csillag. 

Arctic Christians get first complete Inuit Bible

May 3, 2012

TORONTO (RNS) Later this spring, an entire Bible in Inuktitut, the language of Inuit people and the most widely spoken aboriginal tongue in Canada's Arctic, will be dedicated at an igloo-shaped church in Nunavut, an autonomous region carved out of the Northwest Territories in 1999. By Ron Csillag.

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