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Devon M. Paul


Devon M. Paul is a lawyer practicing labour, employment and human rights law in
Toronto. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Studies from Trent University and a
Bachelor of Laws Degree from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.

Menorah in the Workplace? That's Playing with Fire

The separation of church and state underlies a modern pluralist society, but it has come under threat by the decision of the federal government to allow civil servants to display religious decorations during the Hanukkah-Christmas season for the second year in a row. To allow the display of relatively inoffensive items such as a "mini nativity scene or a menorah," in the words of Treasury Board President Tony Clement, is to open the door to further displays. If a nativity scene is acceptable, why not passages from the Bible, Torah or the Qur'an? Why not the Ten Commandments or the Nicene Creed?
12/10/2012 11:28 EST