posted by Posted by Howard Friedman --PermaLink: 6:02 AM
from Religion Clause (see my link list)
"In Canada's Northwest Territories, the Supreme Court has ruled the Yellowknife Catholic school board that operates state-supported religious schools may not prevent non-Catholics from running in school board trustee elections. In Yellowknife Catholic Schools v. Euchner, (NWT Sup. Ct., May 23, 2007), the court, reviewing at length the statutory provisions on denominational schools, held that "it was the clear intention of the legislature that a candidate for election to the public denominational District Education Authority need not be of any particular religious faith." CBC News yesterday reported on the decision."
OK, Canada leads the way in imbecility! (Is that a word?)
They pave the way for churches and Christian organizations to have to hire non-Christians, atheists, homosexuals and others whose lifestyles and beliefs are incompatible with their mission! This is literally inviting the foxes into the hen house. They already penalize broadcasters who say anything against homosexual lifestyle. This is one more nail in the coffin of religious freedom and common sense.
ON SECOND THOUGHT: I read the links --a "public denomination distric ed authority" --would seem by title to preside over any sectarian schools that receive any public funds? And that could include non-catholic schools? But do other denominations have any tax-supported schools? ARe the Catholic schools tax-supported?
If the organization runs all kinds of religious schools, or would if such schools wanted government entanglement, then it should not be limited to Catholics.
However, if the trustees determine aspects of Catholic education only--as implied by the name "Yellowknife Catholic School Board" --then they should be Catholic.
I should be a judge instead of these guys.
"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible