Canadian Secular Alliance

Canadian Secular Alliance

April 09, 2014 14:12 ET

Media Advisory-Defunding Catholic Schools Should Flow from Religion Exemption Decision: National Secular Org

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 9, 2014) - The Canadian Secular Alliance (CSA) applauds the Ontario Superior Court decision which confirms Jonathan Erazo and other students are entitled to be exempt from religious services, field trips and Catholic instruction in Catholic publicly-funded high schools.

"While Catholic Boards are quick to defend their legal privilege, they seem to have trouble honouring the legal rights of others," said Greg Oliver, CSA President.

Catholic Boards have threatened those seeking exemptions with denial of extracurricular programs, honour roll status and graduation in order to preserve their power to coerce non-Catholics into religious participation.

"This also raises the larger question of continuing to fund multiple school systems," said Oliver. "Using the resources of the state to promote any religion is antithetical to the core principles of liberal democracy. As more parents learn of their legal right to an exemption, the religious identity of Catholic schools will face terminal dilution."

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