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.
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