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Comment by Patricia on September 14, 2012 at 5:19pm
Science vs. Religion
Science vs. Religion
Photo: Jupiterimages / Getty

Rene and Anna Chouinard, a humanist couple in Grimsby, Ontario, want to distribute an book on atheism among students in Niagara -- just like the Bible is already being distributed. The District School Board of Niagara has refused, but the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has agreed to hear their case.

Rene and Anna Chouinard have three children who attend school in Niagara and they've already been fighting for two years to have the books Just Pretend: A Free Thought Book for Children or Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheistdistributed among students in the fifth grade.

The School Board has been rejecting the books on the grounds that they contain "inappropriate" material. In principle, that can be a reasonable objection, but it has to be viewed in the larger context of years of distributing Bibles. What in those books is more "inappropriate" than the sex and violence in the Bible?

"This is a solid decision by the tribunal that is good for society," Rene said after being granted a hearing. "We would like to see religion completely removed from the classroom." ...

"If they allow Gideon Bibles in the schools, then why can't other groups distribute their material as well," he said on Tuesday. "This is not fair for people who may believe in other religions." ...

"This case involves important issues of (Human Rights) Code interpretation, and could have consequences for school boards, students and parents across Ontario," the tribunal said in its decision.

Source: CNews

I think that this will come out as an obvious case of discrimination against non-Christians. There's nothing in the books that the Chouinards want to distribute which comes anywhere close to the sex and violence in the Bible. There's no way that any school board would be able to defend this sort of policy with these books.

So it will be interesting to watch what happens and see when, exactly, the school board lawyers recognize that they don't have a case based on these arguments and start shifting gears so they can argue something else entirely.

Comment by Steph S. on September 14, 2012 at 5:18pm

Yeah I would love updates ! Cool video Patricia!

It's Friday! Yay!

Comment by Lillie on September 14, 2012 at 3:50pm

Please keep us updated on the puppies.  Can't wait to see them with eyes opened.

Comment by Patricia on September 14, 2012 at 1:17pm
Comment by Steph S. on September 14, 2012 at 12:15pm

Checking it out Joan - thanks

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 14, 2012 at 12:05pm

I won't use this site to argue for speaking out about religion and its impact on individuals and society, but if anyone is interested in my point of view, go to
http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/politics-economics-and-religion

Politics, economics and religion

Comment by booklover on September 14, 2012 at 8:36am

Awww, LOVE the picture of Jasmine and her babies sk8eycat!

Ruth, I love your association pic.  :)~ Melinda

Comment by sk8eycat on September 14, 2012 at 2:39am

Steph...I want so much to go up to Oregon to spend some time with Jasmine et famille, puppy breath and all (AND Natalie, of course!), but no tengo dinero.

*snarl*

Comment by sk8eycat on September 14, 2012 at 2:31am

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Yabbut people like Westboro Bapturd Creeps can be publicly hateful, disrupt military funerals, and not even be charged with disturbing the peace.

I don't get it.

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 14, 2012 at 12:30am

Do you think we should have an image association discussion?

Yes! Done: This picture reminds me of... (image association)

(with the "starter" pictures from the comments)

 

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