Quebec Province’s Instruction About Religion Upheld

A Quebec judge has ruled that a school course requiring students to learn about different religions does not infringe on their religious freedom.


Some Christian parents had objected to the class, arguing that it undermined their efforts to instill Christian faith in their children.


The course is taught to students in grades one and eleven and has a particular emphasis on religions that are part of Quebec’s heritage, including Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism and aboriginal spirituality.


Quebec Superior Court Justice Jean-Guy Dubois dismissed the parents’ concerns, taking into consideration the testimony of a Catholic theologian who said there is a commitment on part of the Catholic Church to understand other religions.


“In light of all the evidence presented,” the judge wrote,” the court does not see how the…course limits the plaintiff’s freedom of conscience and of religion for the children when it provides an overall presentation of various religions without obliging the children to adhere to them.”