Yes, the ban on wearing religious symbols deserves support because
Those who oppose the ban on religious symbols support, whether consciously or not, discrimination in favour of state employees who are religious believers and against non-believers, that is, the privilege of being permitted an exemption from the dress code and allowed to wear whatever they want, provided that “whatever” is an object or garment which they themselves consider to be religious.
We have to stop equivocating and stop saying this ban is too much, too soon because
This ban on religious symbols is a very modest constraint on freedom of expression, a measure which protects and guarantees freedom of conscience for everyone. By implementing a policy of religious neutrality in the public service, the state prevents implicit, non-verbal proselytizing, which is the inevitable consequence of conspicuous religious symbols which have the potential to intimidate some clients of the public service, or to indoctrinate the most vulnerable, such as patients or children. The advantage for the general population is great, while the sacrifice required by public servants is minimal. If I worked in the public or parapublic sector, I would be more than willing to forgo my atheist t-shirt and wear something more neutral instead. In return, hijabs, crucifixes, turbans and similar religious accoutrements would also be shelved during working hours.
Thanks David for another thought-provoking article.