I’ve written many times about situations in America where schools allow for the distribution of Christian materials to students but not to material from other groups, but now Canada has a case involving the same thing. A couple wanted to distribute two atheist books in a school where the Gideons were allowed to give out Bibles and were told no.
Rene and Anna Chouinard, who have three children, have been fighting with the board for more than two years to have an age-appropriate publication — Just Pretend: A Free Thought Book for Children and Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist — distributed to Grade 5 students…
The fight began after the Chouinards’ refused to sign a consent form for their daughter to distribute Gideon International Bibles at her school.
They then unsuccessfully sought to obtain permission to distribute Just Pretend, citing other groups should be allowed to have their publications distributed in Niagara schools as well…
The Chouinards alleged they were discriminated against “due to creed” and that no material from non-Christian religions were solicited or distributed in the district.
“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.”
Their case is being heard by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. The school says that they were denied because the books contained “inappropriate” material for children, but there’s no indication of what that might be. Hearings should be held soon.
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