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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Ontario Faith-Based Schools

Since Confederation, Ontario Catholic schools have been guaranteed funding. This has, over time, irked people of other faiths who do not receive money from the government to teach their kids in the manner of their particular beliefs. Apparently, this needs to change.

The new Conservative government here has said that they will include funding for "faith-based" schools, likely in the form of vouchers or tax credits. This has made people in religious minorities happy - one group has said:

"Extending fairness to non-Catholic faith-based schools recognizes that faith-based schools provide good public value by producing good, responsible citizens in a manner that enhances Ontario's multicultural mosaic."

Yes, it is known that when children are taught to believe in an invisible man in the sky, they turn out "good" and "responsible". Public school kids turn out much the same way. The problem that people can't seem to wrap their heads around is that if you provide for one faith, you have to provide for all, and there's WAY too many faiths to give money to everyone.

Exactly what makes a faith? What if I'm a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster? Do I get a $3500 tax credit? How can they say no to me if I really believe that there's a Flying Spaghetti Monster who created the Universe? What if I'm a Jedi? There's as much "evidence" for these beliefs as there is for Catholicism or Islam or Judaism.

Either you fund every nut-job who thinks up his own religion (I'm talking to you, L.Ron), or you leave uncritical thinking and superstition to the individual churches, synagogues, mosques, spaghetti bowls, and Jedi temples. Learn about creation myths and "morals" on your own dime, learn about evidence and facts in secular, non-discriminating public schools. The only way to keep everyone equal is to leave religion out.

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