The International Campaign against Sharia Court In Canada
February 24, 2010
Submission to the Task Force
Valorie Block, Executive Assistant to the
Provincial Secretary, Ontario NDP
101 Richmond Street East,
Toronto, Ontario. M5C 1N9.
Telephone: 416-591-8637 ext.244
It is time that the ONDP modernizes its Education Policy to reflect the 21st century
21st century, a society that is divided into cultural, religious, national and
racial majorities and minorities should not be tolerated. The effect of
such societies produces myopic communities with their own roles and
regulations. People in these so called minority communities live in a
cultural, political and intellectual quarantine simply because “minority
rights” are placed above individual rights which means the role of religion and
traditions will override the rights of individuals within those communities.
In these communities women and children will suffer the most. Their
rights will be under constant attack. Faith based doctrine in education
serves only to separate these communities in
In this century, members of society expect universal treatment for children and the clearly defined rights of the child should take priority over any national, racial, economic, political, ideological, and religious consideration or interest. And society demands that the state updates and modernizes its Education Policy to reflect the realities of present day. We are all aware that children have no religion, tradition and prejudices when they are born. Naturally, they play, learn and grow in harmony if they are not influenced by religion, sect and dogma. The advocates of freedom and defenders of children’s rights must not permit religious beliefs or rituals, particularly those with devastating effects, be imposed on children, especially in schools for children under the age of 16 years. We should make sure that the society provides a fair and equal educational system with living conditions for children’s growth, development, and their active participation in social life.
we have now in place in
According to the Universal Rights of the Child, the rights of parents, religion and tradition are limited, and conditional. No one, not even a child’s parents have right to take the child’s freedom away, or prevent the child from getting an education, or engaging in sports, or having a social life. No one has the right to abuse a child sexually, physically, psychologically, not even within the sanction of their parent’s religion, custom or tradition. It is the duty of the state to safeguard the rights of the child and protect children from all potential harms whether it is caused by the child’s parents or the collective role of the child’s community that is influenced by religion, custom or tradition.
We therefore respectively demand that the Government of Ontario upholds its full obligations in this regard and withdraws public funding for all sectarian religious schools by implementing the Universal Rights of the Child.
One hundred years ago many societies succeeded in removing religion from the ruling bodies and educational institutions. A few years ago, the United Nations Human Rights Commission ruled that it is discriminatory to publicly fund only one religious denomination and yet the Federal and Ontario Provincial Governments continue to ignore this directive
The Federal NDP and
the Ontario Green Party support the ending of public funding for
religious-based schools. Seven of the ten Canadian provinces have a
single public school system. Only
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