The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has held that atheist belief is a creed worth protecting as a human right, forcing a Niagara school board to revise its policy to allow distribution of materials from more than just religious groups like the Gideons.
A complaint (click me for full text) was filed by a father (“RC”), on behalf of himself and his daughter (“SC”). RC’s kids attend a school that allowed the Gideons to distribute Christian Bibles (just the New Testament) to grade five students. The distribution had to be held outside class hours, the children had to have parental permission to attend, and religious instruction was expressly prohibited. The books, however, contained this description of God’s humble request of these children “[a]ll He’s asking is that you surrender your old life to Him and begin a brand new one.” Wow.
When his first child was in fifth grade…
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