On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars


Canadian parents challenge ban on teaching kids about Jesus

A group of Catholic and Jewish parents is taking the Canadian province of Quebec to court to challenge a government ban on religious teachings at subsidized daycare centers.

No more praying in Canadian day-care centers

“The parents say a Quebec policy that prohibits religious instruction in government subsidized daycare centers contravenes the federal and provincial charters of rights, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday, May 31,” reports Ron Csillag for the Religion News Service.

The provincial directive, which took effect Wednesday, allows inspectors to determine if religion is being taught to children. The rules prohibit mention of God or miracles or prayer. Also banned would be Christmas programs that include nativity scenes.

Parents in Quebec pay $7 a day to send their children to daycare. The government covers the balance of approximately $40 a day. There are about 2,000 subsidized daycares serving children 5 and under.

Sandy Jesion, a plaintiff in the case whose daughter attends a subsidized Jewish daycare in Montreal, told the National Post newspaper that the Bible’s story about the flood “is not a problem, but the fact that God spoke to Noah and told him to build the Ark is religious, and under the directive, you can’t do that.”

Yolande James, Quebec’s Family Minister, said she stands by the policy. “Society has accepted that the teaching of faith is not in the public school system, and the same principle is applicable here in the subsidized daycare system,” she told the Post.



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Bill

posted June 2, 2011 at 5:59 pm


What is the government afraid of. If I were to burn someone else’s book, it would send the message that I do not quite know where I stand and that I am afraid that someone else’s ideas are more attractive or credible than mine. However, he who pays has to have a say in how the business is being conducted. Most importantly, parents have a duty and an opportunity to ensure that their children are exposed to everything they believe is important — in the home –.



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nnmns

posted June 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm


Yes, all this can be taught in the home. On their own dime and time. It should not be taught on other people’s dime. If they can teach about Jesus (Christians) or Moses (Jews) they can teach about Allah and Buddha. How would you feel about your tax dollars subsidizing that?



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moses

posted June 3, 2011 at 7:22 am


the mark of the beast is already here, is in the false bablyon churches in the usa and other countries-deceived brainwashed people just call themselves modern day christians but who serve sin and the wordly lust, false doctrines, fake-decieving and being decieved preachers, teachers, etc and the people whom follow them…. without holiness no man shall see god, and will not enter the kingdom of heaven…. the beast is already in the goverment system and the fake churches-many and many are deceived, and satan and his demons have already got them believing a lie , so that their soul win be damned and their kingdom is in hell, then after the lake of fire-to be destroyed forever….they the religous demons,hypocrites, and sinners believe they can serve sin and the wordly lust and are saved,,,, what are the saved from? not their sin, their still living in them and will perish into hell…. for the wages of sin is death, they all are fools, and satan knows this he has deceived billions, and many more will go to hell…. without holiness no man shall see god,amen



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Barbara

posted June 3, 2011 at 7:56 am


So these are the fools talked about in the Bible,well,well,well.

My Lord you fools…you find it acceptable to teach the kids junk all day long and yet it is FORBIDDEN to talk about Jesus to them.? What part of the bed do you wake up on ..the goofy side? Children need to know about Jesus and the Hope and Love he brings to them. Children have so much junk annd confusion around them daily what a comfort to know that there is a Jesus. And foolish,stiff-necked people try to keep that goodness from them. The DayCare is Government subsidized and there is the problem the fooish government will choke any good thing they can out of people..Don’t allow it..Have a good day!



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Barbara

posted June 3, 2011 at 8:05 am


Don’t forget children look to Jesus all the time..they know in their hearts they are being taught wrong most of the time and that “something” is missing. And if they live long enough Jesus will reveal Himself to them..Praise God..



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Marie

posted June 3, 2011 at 9:52 am


Why are there people out there so afraid of there children learning about Jesus? There the ones we need to be afraid of, if we turn our backs on our Precious, Precious Jesus that is deffinately time to start being afraid.



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Patsy

posted June 3, 2011 at 10:13 am


nnmns: if the Buddhists and Muslims are also tax payers why would it be a problem? Do you expect them to be happy with a system that excludes them? At school we had morning prayers and all the Muslims and Hindus were exempted from our christian prayers to do their thing. All I’m saying is, if your country has a right for all religions, then you can’t descriminate. What I see is a ban on all things christian but yet preference given to so called minority groups. I wouldn’t want a teacher of Allah instructing my child in the Muslim religion, but if he instructs other Muslims, why should I have a problem with that? Conversely, I’m sure he’d have a problem with a christian teacher instructing his child in christianity…. Fair is fair. You can’t ban all religions nor should you enforce it.
BTW my daughter goes to a private ‘christian’ day care, so no conflict there.



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Rusty

posted June 3, 2011 at 1:36 pm


I believe this comes under the heading of “he who pays the piper. . .” What else would people (or businesses such as this one) expect if they are subsidised? Even should the subsidy come from a private endowment, the source of the funding should have the right to make the rules. Don’t want that? Refuse the subsidy.



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nnmns

posted June 3, 2011 at 9:26 pm


Ok, who took my response off and why? Pretty cowardly I think.



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Dianne

posted June 5, 2011 at 12:38 am


I WAS BORN IN CANADA ,AND I AM STUNNED THAT YOU CAN’T TALK ABOUT JESUS I LIVE IN THE USA AND HAVE TOLD PEOPLE DOWN HERE THAT WE AT LEAST HAD RELIGOUS FREEDOM IN CANADA BOY WAS I WRONG . YET SOMEONE PRAYING TO ALLAH IS OKAY . I GREW UP IN A TIME WHEN CANADIANS WOULDN’T TAKE THIS GARBAGE THEY WOULD BE FIGHTING FOR THERE RIGHTS AND FREEDOM AND WHEN ELECTIONS CAME THESE PEOPLE WERE VOTED OUT OF OFFICE THAT CAME AGAINST THEM AND TIRED TO DICTATE TO THEM WHAT THEY COULD SAY AND TEACH IN ANY FORUM , CANADIANS GET SOME BACK BONE BEHIND YOU AND FIGHT FOR YOUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND RELIGION AND GET THESE PEOPLE OUT OF OFFICE



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