Only time and an election will tell whether Tory the Tory’s proposal to fund separate schools for all religions will get him voted in or is the serious blunder that McGuinty and so on are counting on.
I still don’t know who I’ll vote for (or if) in this election… I don’t have any interest in the NDP, particularly for my local constituency, have little use for this Liberal administration, but just when I was seriously tempted to vote conservative for the first time in my life, Tory blows it with the announcement that he’s in favour of separate, taxpayer-funded schools for all religions. Then he went on to compound the blunder by coming out of the closet (albeit temporarily) as a creationist. Let’s leave the ‘monkey trials’ for Kansas and the other bible belt states for now, eh?
I don’t even agree with the separate Catholic school board. There should be public – which is public in the truest possible sense – and private, in which the individual parent has to pay for the privilege of segregating their precious child from the godless riff-raff. Or the churches, already blessed with tax-free status, can pay for it. I’d even support a ‘religious’ class as part of the curriculum – based on local demographics – as the first class in the morning, where the parents can either have their kid take a class in their respective religion, and the secular parents can sleep in an extra forty-five minutes.
However, if politicians are really interested in religious ‘fairness’, then here is my humble suggestion:
Every major religious holiday should be a statutory holiday, just like Christmas and Easter are. At the very least, the following should be included:
- Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year – today)
- Yom Kippur (Jewish and to a lesser extent, Muslim – next Friday)
- Eid ul-Fitr (Muslim, end of Ramadan)
- Muharram (Muslim New Year)
- Diwali (Hindu festival of lights)
McGuinty struck a chord when he shamelessly proposed a ‘Family Day’ in February and although I am certainly not against that concept, I really do think that it’s only fair, in the name of religious and cultural inclusiveness, of course, to publicly observe all the major holidays of the major religions first.