Musings —02.17.2012 10:45 AM—
Along with suggesting that Conservative attempts to remake the highest court are bearing fruit, I have a few other problems with the decision:
- It involves governments directly in matters of religion. Religions should have no influence over governments, and governments should have no influence over religions. This decision creates a direct and ongoing relationship between the two.
- How will government bureaucrats decide which religions should be taught, and which should not? If I was legal counsel to the Scientologists or the Identity Christians, I would immediately commence litigation to demand that my faith now be taught to students.
- How will the very significant differences of opinion between faiths be depicted? Jews do not believe Christ was the Messiah. Some Christians still believe Jews murdered Christ. Interpretations of the Koran and the Bible – as we all know too well – range from the mundane to the extreme. Who will determine which interpretation will prevail? How will they do that?
- Who will evaluate whether the “teaching” is being conducted in an even-handed manner – and when it devolves into discriminatory proselytizing? Is there going to be a watchdog in place to continually monitor these classes, to ensure what happened in Jim Keegstra’s Eckville High social studies class doesn’t happen in a Quebec classroom? Why not, if not?
- I take my children to church; I believe they need to be exposed to the moral teachings which make up most of our major faiths. When they get older, they can be whatever they want. Until they then, their mother and me should be the ones guiding them – not some faceless bureaucrats and a teacher whose motives are unknown to me.
And so on and so on.
I’m usually in a minority on these things, but that’s fine. But when it comes to my children, I intend to be the one who decides what religions they are exposed to. When it comes to them, their Mom and I are the majority.
Not some bureaucrat. And certainly not the unelected conservatives on the Supreme Court of Canada.