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Freedom of Religion

Reject gay-straight alliances, parents group tells Catholic trustees

TORONTO - The director of Parents as First Educators said Thursday they won't stand for the province bullying them into creating gay-straight alliance clubs in Catholic schools.

"We're calling upon Ontario Catholic Trustees to implement ‘respecting difference' clubs as the responsible solution to bullying in schools," Teresa Pierre said.

The Ontario government passed controversial legislation in early June that allows students to form a gay-straight alliance in public and Catholic schools in an effort to curb bullying.

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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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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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