“Canadian courts banned religious practices from the public school systems in the 1980s. The 1980s was also the decade that saw the saying of the Lord’s Prayer prohibited in public school classrooms. It was viewed as too indoctrinating as well a stigmatization of those who did not take part. From that time on, legally, education was to be secular. But University of Toronto law professor Ed Morgan believes the Valley Park situation may exceed legal boundaries.
“I think this looks like a school practising religion,” Morgan said. “The school may be conveying a message that they endorse religion and that’s not what the school is allowed to do.” h/t jeh
Q&A: Canadian Civil Liberties Association’s Cara Zwibel on religion in schools
Q: How does this resemble the issues around the Lord’s Prayer?
A: We have the right to practice what we believe but we also have the right not to have the state force religion on us, particularly in a school environment. If you looked at what happened with the Lord’s Prayer — even though you had an opt-out for students who didn’t want to say the prayer — the concern was they would be subject to a lot of peer pressure that could make life difficult. Given the size of the Muslim population in this school [80-90%] it may raise similar concerns of pressure on non-Muslims to participate.
Lowell Green on the Mosqueteria, plus more on the London Feeble Press.
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