Monday, February 20, 2012

Children in Quebec, Canada Must Take Rel. Class; Can. Supreme Court Won't Listen to Parental Appeal

The Big News Network website reports today (February 20, 2012) that Canada's Supreme Court -- by refusing to hear an appeal -- ruled on February 17 that children in the province of Quebec cannot opt out of a public school religion class, even if their parents take issue with the curriculum.

The case was filed by two Catholic parents who took issue with their child being enrolled in Quebec's Ethics and Religious Culture program.

This course teaches about the many religions in Canada and their contributions to the nation's culture.

Although the parents argued that the mandatory course would interfere with their ability to pass their faith onto their children, the Supreme Court rejected that argument and refused to hear the case.