Sunday, March 23, 2014

Can the state force the teaching of the state’s version of religion?

Something different on this week’s Faith on Trial: We’re going to be discussing a case 
Brett Harvey
before the Canadian Supreme Court which may have an impact on religious freedom in the United States.

In July 2008, the Quebec government introduced a new program, “Ethics and Religious Culture,” which requires all public and private schools to present all religions, including Wicca and pagan rites, as equally valid.  The program also prohibits teachers from expressing a preference for any particular faith, even at a private religious school.

A Jesuit high school had asked for an exemption from the government which was refused.  The case is now headed to Canada’s top court.

Joining us Tuesday to discuss this case will be Brett Harvey, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom at its headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona. Harvey has assisted state and local governments on issues involving public invocations, and he has successfully represented clients defending First Amendment rights, as well as the right to life.

Join Deacon Mike Manno and co-host Gina Noll Tuesday morning live at 9 (CDT) or the re-broadcast at 9 p.m. on Iowa Catholic Radio 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM.  Both programs will stream live on

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