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« on: February 23, 2012, 07:45:54 AM »

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TORONTO (RNS) Canada's highest court has ruled that children in Quebec schools cannot opt out of a course on ethics and world religions.

The Supreme Court on Feb. 17 unanimously rejected an appeal from Catholic parents who sought to keep their children out of the course because they felt that exposing them to a variety of religions would confuse them.

The nine high court judges disagreed, saying that exposing children to beliefs and values that differ from their own is a fact of life in Canada's  multicultural society.

"The early exposure of children to realities that differ from those in their immediate family environment is a fact of life in society," the court ruled.

Simply teaching children other religions "does not constitute an indoctrination of students that would infringe on the (parents') freedom of religion," the court found.
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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2012, 08:00:57 AM »


They have a point.

Honestly, I did enjoy reading about the different cultures and beliefs.  It is actually good to know what others believe and why, so you can hold a decent conversation with them.

I would make certain just "what" is taught.  Teaching the facts is one thing, however, if any one "faith" is being pushed on the kids as being the "right"one, that would be a no no.

My only issue is that usually these classes are not all-inclusive and often completely step over anything Christian.

My sister's kids were taught about different cultures starting in 3rd grade!!!!  Yes, that early.  They came home talking all about Jewish Hanukkah, Islamic Eid and Indian Dewali.....and yet, nothing about Christian Christmas or Easter.  Nothing.

The teachings are usually one sided....and therefore, the impetus is on us, to ensure that our children "know" their own Faith and are deeply rooted and strong within it.  The schools won't do it, nor, in fact should they.  It's our responsibility that the kids learn about and grow to love Orthodoxy.


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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2012, 01:42:20 PM »

If the class covers all religions, and not simply the "non-Christian" ones as was proposed here a few years back, I'd have no problem with the class.

Learning about Zoroastrinanism or Islam can give you a very good education about the societies that created them.

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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2012, 02:46:48 PM »

exposing them to a variety of religions would confuse them.

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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2012, 04:34:09 PM »

Regardless of what a person thinks about being exposed to different cultures and religion, state-mandated social engineering is rather annoying.
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