By Letter to the Editor on January 12, 2017.
Re: Deal reached in home school dispute:
This situation is a crystal-clear example of why public education should be strictly secular, as it currently is in most of Canada, even in uber-Catholic Quebec. The fact that this particular religious cult in Alberta (unfortunately there is a vast array to choose from) has been able to use a lot of money earmarked for important public education, for this long (decades!) without being reined in proves that religious freedom has gone way too far here, and could also be seen to be another shining example of “give them an inch …”
The shocking complacency of the long-standing Conservative government shows that it has clearly been hamstrung by the defining importance of religion within its own political philosophy and that of its base, to the extent that Alberta conservatism is unique, almost qualifying as a religion in and of itself. The blatant lack of fiscal responsibility in this case (oddly atypical) is surpassed only by the callous disregard for all the students who deserve to have an education geared toward the increasing importance of critical thinking rather than the unabashed indoctrination supplied so righteously and defiantly by the Trinity Christian School Association. Their shockingly egregious behaviour belies the judge’s inappropriate trivialization when he said, “Two reasonable people could have worked this out.”
Maybe. But that was obviously not the case here, on either side. Good for the NDP to take this mess on, especially in this political climate where religion gets far more traction than makes sense. What does make sense is this: “Don’t pray in my school and I won’t think in your church.”
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