Jory Binder

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In the aftermath of the 2016 US election, where new and disturbing constructions of otherness have once more become part of society’s legal and cultural discourse, Honorary Protestants finds a unique and unexpected poignancy. Fraser’s book reminds us how notions of equality, identity, citizenship, and justice reflect the attitudes of both individual communities and the broader society, and can be fully realized only through action, unity, and mutual understanding. When the British North America (BNA) Act was passed in 1867, section 93 guaranteed religious educational rights. Education was divided along religious lines, comprising of both Roman Catholic and Protestant denominational schools. Catholics and Protestants in Quebec enjoyed the right to denominational schools, but those rights did not extend to any other group—particularly, the Montreal Jewish community, who had a distinct and visible minority presence.

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