Clear Line to be
Drawn on Religion in Public
Freedom Party denounces
Progressive Conservative quiet
agenda for religious public
schools; releases 8-point election
plank banning niqabs, prayer, and
Freedom Party is releasing a major
8-point election plank today that
would create a clear line separating
religious practice from Ontario public
schools. The plank - and
the exposure of the Hudak PCs' plan
for religious public schools - is
being illustrated by three new
30-second pre-election commercials,
also released today, which can be
viewed by clicking here.
"Our public schools should be places where children can focus on learning how to think and choose rationally and independently. That means public schools should not be places used for religious worship or indoctrination. They should not be used - as they are at present - to distribute religious texts to grade 5 students. We must put an end to alleged 'pilot' projects that teach children in Arabic, and that attempt to skirt the law requiring students to be taught in Canada's official languages. Girls and women in our public schools should learn and teach in an environment free from the sexist, second-rate status that is implied by the wearing of a niqab or facial-covering. We must put an end to religious considerations in matters of cafeteria menus, and should provide a wide selection of healthy foods suitable for all students, regardless of their religion. Our schools must explain to students the value and superiority of democracy to the theocratic systems found in other parts of the world, where dissent is punished, women are treated as second-class citizens, and gays and lesbians are victimized."
For further details, contact:
Paul McKeever, Leader - Freedom Party
Freedom Party has been releasing 2011 election planks since early October of 2010. A complete list of the planks released so far can be viewed here. Freedom Party has also released a number of pre-election video ads to promote its planks. They all can be viewed on Freedom Party's youtube channel, https://www.youtube.com/fpontario .
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