TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – July 6, 2010)
In the wake of a Quebec judge’s reference to the “supremacy of God” in a recent ruling, the Canadian Secular Alliance (CSA) is calling for the removal of God from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
In a ruling that grants a Catholic high school a special legal exemption from aspects of the provincial educational curriculum, Quebec Superior Court Justice Gérard Dugré cited the Charter’s preamble: “Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law”.
“This ruling illustrates why the God clause should be removed from the Charter,” said Greg Oliver, CSA President. “It gives judges a pretext to grant special legal privileges – unavailable to anyone else – to religious institutions.”
“This ruling also illustrates why public funding of religious schools should end,” added Oliver. “It’s not in the public interest to financially support the indoctrination of future citizens against Canada’s own liberal-democratic values.”
The CSA is a national organization of Canadians for church-state separation.
Canadian Secular Alliance