Canada, Education and Freedom

Canadian FlagMennonites in Canada face the choice of enrolling their children in state-run schools, losing their children altogether or moving out of Quebec. Take a minute to read this sobering article.

A spokesman for the families expresses their concerns with the public schools:

“We don’t agree with the emphasis on evolution, which we consider false; we don’t like the morality standards; and we don’t like the acceptance of alternative lifestyles.”

The response from Quebec’s ministry of education?

“We are not trying to prevent them from living their life the way they want, but they have to obey the law when it comes to educating their kids.”

Quite a dilemma for our neighbors up north. I echo a prayer from the Canadian National Anthem: “God keep our land glorious and free!”

Or at least free.

HT: Don Johnson

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2 Responses

  1. Very scary. We could be closer to this than we think here in the U.S. Couple this with your “Hate Crimes” post and a very scary picture develops. Christian focus should not be politics, but we shouldn’t turn a blind eye to the gov’t either. I hope true Believers take their civic duties seriously.

    Timely, given all the political maneuvering in our country right now.

  2. It would be good to hear from some Canadian christians, as I don’t know what is included in the Canadian constitution, or how strictly their constitution is interpreted by the Canadian judicial system. However, this is very similar to the Wisconsin vs. Yoder case from 35 years ago.

    Thankfully for christians in the USA, the Supreme Court decided that the free exercise of religion was more important that the state of Wisconsin’s interest in educating the children. We must be vigilant, because what one court decides, another more liberal court who thinks “it takes a village” to educate our children, can later take away that freedom.

    There’s a similar case I’ve heard of in Germany recently where homeschooled children have actually been taken away from their parents because the state has decided the children weren’t being properly educated, i.e., indoctrinated.

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