Freedom to Teach and Believe is Still Alive
Do you have a view on religious rights for you and others? Do you think that you should have the freedom to believe as you would like to without conflict? These are just two of the questions that people ask each day. Everyone would like to have the freedom to believe the way they feel comfortable believing. Therefore, freedom to teach and believe is still alive in Canada.
To believe and teach your children and family these values is also a freedom that people and organizations would like to have. Here in Canada we still have those freedoms. We can still be thankful for such freedom.
There is a case that as was won in the Canadian Courts in 2015 where the freedom of rights was upheld for people and institutions and organizations. This case is the case of Loyola High School v. Quebec. Quite a Human Interest Story! I hope you agree.
Loyola High School’s Case
Loyola High School believed it was their right to teach all religions from their religious perspective. They wanted their students to understand all world religions as their religious organization viewed and understood them.
Is it fair to have more than one view on religious believes? We seem to think that it is alright to have more than one view on politics, environment, social and many other subject matters. It should be the same for religion.
You will never force anyone to believe anything but you can persuade them through reason and knowledge. This is not to say that by teaching any subject including religion will persuade anyone. No one is forced to believe in anything that is put before them is the other side of the subject. The other side of the subject is that you will . This includes religious matters.
The freedom to teach and believe from your faith based platform is evident in this case . Just like Loyola High School who wanted to teach the subject matter on all regions from their faith based perspective, so other faith based organizations will like to teach the subject matter of world religions from their faith based perspective. The fact that Loyola High School won their case gives such president for other faith based organizations.
The Final Ruling
This ruling by the Supreme Court on March 19, 2016 stating “that the guarantee of freedom of religion in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is available to protect religious schools in Canada from discrimination by government”. The Supreme Court also “held that the government may not tell a religious ‘school how to explain its faith’ to students”. It is such a great realization that we live in a country that the laws are in protection of the freedoms and rights of its citizens. Therefore, freedom to teach and believe is still alive in Canada. Gerald Chipeur was the representative for the national and Quebec based religious organizations for the case.