Society & Politics

Fight for freedom goes beyond the courtroom


Michael Van Pelt

Should Christian primary and secondary schools have the right to teach religion courses in a way that reflects their vision and values? Or should the state decide for all schools what an appropriate curriculum in religious subjects is? This is the question raised in Quebec’s Loyola case, which is being taken before the Supreme Court of Canada.

In this article Michael Van Pelt argues that Christians, not to mention those of other religious beliefs, should fight for their Charter-granted religious rights, lest believers in a “moment of hesitancy,” cede to the state the right to determine their religious identity. Healthy pluralism requires that Christians be free to express their values publicly, and much more that they be free to educate their young people in a way that reflects their convictions. Christians should follow the Loyola case, and others like it, if they value pluralism and the freedom of conscience.

How can Christians advocate for religious rights in a winsome way that assures the broader public of the Christian commitment to working for the common good?

The kind of secularism advocated by Quebec’s legislation on religious teaching in all schools, private or public, already largely prevails in public schools across the country. How, then, should Christians ensure that young people receive a Christian perspective on the education they receive?

Source: ChristianWeek

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