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Christian group banned for singing about Jesus delivers 40,000+ petition to Toronto mayor: vows to keep fighting

The Christian organization that the City of Toronto banned from holding a musical festival in a downtown public square joined LifeSiteNews on Monday in delivering a 30,000-name petition to Mayor John Tory's office.

In addition they delivered a petition of around 10,000 signatures by Both called on the city to reverse its decision.

If by Tuesday the city has not revoked its ruling, the group, Voices of the Nations (VON), will make good its promise to sue the city and the board for violating its Charter rights of freedom of religion and expression.

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Ontario gvmt may pressure Catholic board to pass policy expelling students for 'homophobia'

A Catholic school board in Ontario voted 4-3 last week after a heated debate against amending policy that would grant school administration powers to suspend or expel students who engage in "unacceptable" behaviors of "homophobia... and harassment on the basis of sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation." The province's education minister has now taken the board to task for failing to pass the amendment, stating that since the province has "strengthened the requirements" for school boards regarding inclusivity and diversity, she will personally contact the board to "discuss this matter."

The Halton Catholic District School Board's Code of Conduct policy has been amended four times in the past six years as the Liberal government presses its "inclusivity" agenda. Amended in January last year, the policy includes the following "standards of behavior" for students regarding gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation:

- Students must "promote a positive school climate that is inclusive and accepting of all pupils, including pupils of any…gender expression, gender identity,, or sexual orientation."

- Students must "respect and treat others fairly, regardless of... gender, gender expression, gender identity,... or sexual orientation."

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Jason Kenney blasts Alberta gvmt's bid to pull Christian school's funding over gay clubs

Jason Kenney is in a running war of words with Alberta Education Minister Dave Eggen over Christian schools that refuse to implement the NDP-mandated pro-LGBTQ policies.

On the campaign trail for the Progressive Conservative leadership, Kenney blasted Eggen for "lobbing rhetorical bombs" at the schools, which are run by the Baptist Christian Education Society.

"I'm just suggesting that the minister and his officials should not seek conflict in the media," Kenney told reporters after a rally in Edmonton, according to the CBC. "If they have a concern or issue with individual schools, they should discretely and with respect and civility sit down and try to find a solution."

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How much is too much religion in Yonge-Dundas Square?

They don't seem thrilled about Christians singing about Jesus in Yonge-Dundas Square so I hesitated to ask how they would feel about a nativity creche?

But I did.

I thought of it after attending a bizarre meeting of the board and management of Yonge-Dundas Square at City Hall Thursday.

The meeting was in response to an earlier decision to deny the permit for the Voices of the Nations concert next summer thanks to concerns over songs about Jesus Christ being too proselytizing, which is not allowed in the public square.

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Wynne gov't intervenes against parental rights in Hamilton father's Charter challenge

Nearly four years after filing for a court order to defend his parental rights and Charter right to religious freedom, Hamilton dentist and father of two Steve Tourloukis finally had his day in court.

But he and lawyer Albertos Polizogopoulos found themselves squaring off Thursday against not only the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, but the provincial elementary teachers' union and Ontario's Liberal government as well.

Tourloukis has asked the Court to declare that as a parent, he has final say over what his children are taught in public school.

He has also asked that the Court find that the HWDSB violated his Charter-protected religious freedom rights by refusing to tell him in advance when and how teachers would be dealing with sensitive topics such as abortion, homosexuality, same-sex "marriage" and sex ed, so he could pull his children out of class if he thought they would be exposed to what would be "false teachings" according to their Greek Orthodox faith.

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