The Supreme Court of Canada is reportedly set to decide whether a Catholic high school can refuse to teach a government mandated course in religion which runs counter to Catholic teaching, according to the National Catholic Register.
Loyola High School in Montreal has reportedly objected to teaching a course which is mandated by the Province of Quebec that treats all religions as equally valid.
In October 2013, the School’s principal, Paul Donovan, reportedly said that, under the rules, a Catholic teacher is not allowed to answer a student’s question "about a Catholic perspective during the course." Donovan was reportedly quoted as saying, “The government wants statements about religious belief to be absolute. They’re not to be argued. They cannot be seen as rational.”
“If the government can force Loyola High School to violate its faith, then the government can do the same to others,” reportedly said Gerald Chipeur of the Alliance Defending Freedom. “Faith-based educational institutions should be free to live and operate according to the faith they teach and espouse.”
A brief filed by Chipeur argued that the lack of exceptions in the law places limits on the religious speech of teachers as well as students.
In 2010, a Superior court ruled in favor of the School but was overturned two years later by an appeals court.
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