Friday, February 17, 2012

Religious Freedom

The Globe and Mail reports this interesting decision:

Mandatory religion course doesn’t infringe on freedoms, top court rules - The Globe and Mail:

Quebec introduced a mandatory course on religion into its public schools in 2008. The course focuses on the French Canada's Catholic heritage but also includes consideration (as I understand it) of a broad range of other religious traditions, particularly those that have been important in Canada, such as Judaism and aboriginal religions. A couple challenged the fact that their children could not "opt out" of this course, again, as I understand it, because, they argued, the teaching of other religions was a threat to their own religious freedom. Here is more coverage of this issue:
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