Newsmaker: Paul Allen on ethics and religious course
Published Tuesday, February 21, 2012 1:31PM EST
MONTREAL - Last week the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Quebec's class on ethics and religion did not violate any rights, and that parents could not seek an exemption on behalf of their children on religious grounds.
The family from Drummondville was arguing that being exposed to the tenets of different faiths would make it difficult for their children to be raised as Catholics.
But Paul Allen, a professor of theology at Concordia University, says the matter is far from settled, because Loyola High School is challenging the contents of the provincially imposed coursework.
"They also presented along with their request for an exemption, they presented their own program which they had teaching for 15-20 years already, and the program included among other things teaching about the world religions," said Allen.
For the full interview, click the video player to the right.
Paul Allen is a professor of theology at Concordia University (Feb. 21, 2012)