No, you can’t go in to elementary school at lunch hours to preach to little children how they’re evil sinners who are going to hell unless they do as you say, not as you do.
A man from the Vancouver suburb of Surrey wants the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal to open his sons’ elementary school’s doors to a Bible study group.
Paul Jubenvill launched a complaint with the tribunal on Dec. 1 after the Colebrook Elementary School turned down his request for a lunchtime meeting on Christianity with whoever wanted to attend.
Jubenvill, a 35-year-old software designer, argues his freedom of religion is guaranteed under the Canadian Human Rights Act.
"We live by God’s word and the Bible. This is no different than the freedom to have a jazz club or a badminton club. There can’t be discrimination on the basis of religion," he said.
"We’re not asking the school to endorse it, we’re asking them to accommodate our needs."
Sorry, your “needs” don’t extend to using publicly funded property for your own ends. If you want your kids to learn religion, teach them at home. Letting a badminton club but not a Jesus club exist isn’t “discrimination on the basis of religion,” it’s keeping the church (especially his evangelical brand) out of a public setting.
But he at least understands a bit of what he’s advocating for:
He has no objection to Muslim or Buddhist study groups taking up school space, or any other religion.
What about atheist groups? Should we be starting atheist elementary groups?
I think Richard Dawkins would get pissed at that.
He’s pushing this as a human rights case, however I don’t remember the right to preach to kids.
Nevertheless, the Surrey School District Spokesperson reaffirmed that public schools are secular, but had this odd disclaimer:
…the rules are different among older students in high schools, where Bible study groups are supervised by teachers but are led by students.
Really? This sounds like it could be pretty concerning. I guess I have a new avenue to research.