Friday, 17 February 2012

Supreme Court Upholds Mandatory Religions Course in Quebec

LifeSiteNews reports that the Canadian Supreme Court has denied an exemption for Catholic children wishing to be excused from an Ethics and Religious Culture course mandated by the Quebec government. The parents failed to prove that this course would interfere with their right to freedom of religion. The course is mandatory in both public and private schools although private schools can teach their own religion courses alongside it. The course has been characterized as relativistic and Multiculturalism 101. It is, in reality, a state meta-religion which must be assented to in addition to any private religious beliefs you may possess. In this the Quebec government has shown the level of toleration prevalent in the Roman Empire. In Rome all you had to do was show the appropriate respect for the state religion and you could go your way worshiping and believing what you wish. Seems like a good idea, right? Some folks might disagree... notably those martyrs who chose to die rather than show the appropriate respect for the state religion.

Catholic Insight: Quebec parental rights in religious and moral education

Catholic Insight: Rebuilding Babel in Quebec City


Barona said...

"... faith groups providing public services must choose between their religion and obeying the law when their beliefs conflict with the will of the state".

The above quote from Trevor Phillips, the "Equalities" chief in the UK shows that this is rampant.

Yet, as I read the quote, I cannot but help think of the exact same mentality by absolutist monarchs (e.g. Henry VIII et al).

Freyr said...

I just had an argument with Trout over "Who will stand with us against the power of the state?" He did not like my answer one bit.

Barona said...

[the state is] "...the giver of laws and the founder of institutions... the educator and promoter of spiritual life." Mussolini

These judges move in "great company".