Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Charest appeals

jean Charest is an enormous disappointment. I object to this mandatory ethics and religion course that teaches all religions are equal and wants to make sure that children abandon their faith at an early age. It attempts to teach its own atheist "ethics". Teaching one's faith should be left up to parents. Many parents object to this course, but it has been imposed by the atheists from Quebec city. Loyola High School won a case against the atheists from Quebec study, but now charest is appealing.

In a decision handed down Friday, Justice Gérard Dugré agreed with Loyola's opposition to teaching the course on the grounds of religious freedom.

Loyola argued the course was redundant because the school already offers instruction on ethics and morality from a Catholic point of view.

Quebec's Education Ministry violated Loyola's freedom of religion as guaranteed by the provincial charter of rights, Dugré said in his decision.

Premier Jean Charest said the government will likely appeal the ruling. Officials with the Catholic school said they will comment on the decision Monday afternoon.

Let's hope the Supremes understand freedom of religion. This is another reason we shouldn't have allowed Quebec to do away with its constitutionally guaranteed confessional school boards


Anonymous said...

What a person believes will to a large degree determine how he/she will act. Example - the Taliban. The logical conclusion of belief in Atheisem is that you can murder, rape, live off drugs and prostitution, child pornography etc, and as long as you don't get caught you will just "pass away" and all will be okay. We see the results of it all around us. The true Christian faith teaches that we will "pass on" to face the consequences of the life we have lived - known as JUSTICE. But God is a God of grace and mercy who is not willing that any should perish but come to eternal life in Him. What a great promise and hope.

dupmar said...

In justice to your readers who may not be familiar with the history on the issue, it should be pointed out that the changes to Quebec's denominational educational system, the removal of longstanding constitutional protections for denominational schools were introduced in 1998 under a Parti Quebecois government.

Premier Charest is nominally Roman Catholic, as presumably are most of his cabinet, and while it can be argued he is pursuing "secularist" educational objectives, I think it is exaggerated to claim his government is promoting atheism or seeking to ensure that children abandon their faith.

I agree with the court's decision and am curious to the rationale and the grounds of the Quebec government's appeal. From what I can see, outside of a disciplinary dress code, the only major distinguishing feature between the curriculum of public schools and "private" Catholic schools such as Loyola is this course on ethics and religion. Remove this and I don't see much difference between Loyola and the public schools. If Quebec Superior Court allows that the Catholic course on ethics and religion is an acceptable equivalent to the public Ministry course, and that it is precisely this distinction which separates Loyola and the Catholic curriculum from the public one, and justifies a distinct and separate existence, I fail to see the rationale behind Charest's appeal.

Otherwise it defeats the purpose of recognition of separate schools, outside of dress code and occasional religious service, such schools would be largely identical to the public variant.

Owner and Doggy said...

The truth is that children have it so few times in a month that nobody learns or remembers anything from the course.

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