Saint Patrick’s high school in Thunder Bay just held a pro-life day.  Most of the students wore the words “pro-life” attached to their school uniform.  However, one girl named Alexandria wore the word’s “pro-choice” on her school uniform.  She was summoned to the principal’s office and sent home.  Then in a show of solidarity, 24 of Alexandria’s fellow students placed “pro-choice” decals  on their uniforms.  Four of them were also sent home, some for a two-day suspension.    This is the latest instance of the friction between religious dogmatism and public education in Canada.  Other Catholic schools, particularly in the West are embroiled in a fight to have doctrine-free education.

Alexandria’s mother writes “that if they don’t want to allow both sides to express  their opinion, they shouldn’t allow either one of them.”

Are Catholic schools splitting on abortion?

What do you think?


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    Vin Smith Says:

    The simple truth about such a question–affirmation of Group Think, as dictated by a monolithic arbiter of opinion (Papacy, Southern Baptist Convention, Synod–makes no difference) is this: Organized religion is a sham and a scam. The organization rallies mindless people around them to create political and economic power. Anyone who listens to “church leaders” deserves the kind of meddling in their lives that they invite.

    Questions on reproductive decisions should be with individuals and their families, not on organizations. Most certainly not in the hands of school leaders. Make up your own minds. Think for yourselves. As a parent, I would quickly yank my kids out of such a school. And I would present reasoned arguments far and wide to combat their imperial pronouncements.

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    Neil McKenty Says:


    “Organized religion is a sham and a scam.” If that is true how has religion over the centuries attracted some of the greatest artistsand best brains on the planet?

  3. For several centuries, Neil, they did not have a choice. Ask Galileo and Bruno.
    I don’t think Hawkins is a great church goer nor was Einstein.

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    Neil McKenty Says:

    No, Paul, but Charles Taylor, Tony Blair and Hans Kung are.

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    Neil, you cannot possibly equate religious affiliation with talent, skill, or brain power. It’s a non-starter.

    What any religious school will attempt to do is brainwash the students within in order to make them conform to the religion’s prejudices. And they will do it by treat if they can, by threat if necessary. They will brook no rebellion in their quest to stamp out individuality as if it were a crime, and thinking for one’s self were a sin. In fact, what the school is attempting is both the crime and the sin.

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    Vin Smith Says:

    Fact is Galileo Galilei toed the Papist company line in order to avoid being put to death. Many other great thinkers, same thing.

    Why do I love America so? Make that North America, as I consider Canada to be in the same class as an enlightened place as the United States–perhaps in many ways more so. The answer is very simple–yet incredibly profound: I speak truth to power; in other places in this troubled world, I would be rounded up and summarily shot for my views. And what are my views? Freedom, liberty, equality. That wraps a nice neat blanket over every possible issue. LEAVE CHOICE UP TO THE PEOPLE.

    Organized religion does not do that. Organized religion claims the power to offer escape from eternal damnation by following the fiats of their religious leaders. Organized religion, historically if not today in Christianity; historically AND today when it comes to militant Islam and Shiria law–promises rather immediate death (beheading, even stoning), and eternal damnation if you cross the religious establishment. How can false claims of halcyon bliss (sham) and the economic brutality of religious governance (scam) not be incredibly apparent to anyone?

    I am not saying religious faith cannot be a good thing. As long as one maintains a gnostic attitude (from the Greek, gnosis, literally meaning knowledge), it is quite possible to follow the precepts of spiritual examination advocated by many thinkers throughout history, perhaps best exemplified by this Bible verse: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” – Matthew 7:7-8 KJV

    Nowhere does the Bible, or any other sacred text worth its salt command mankind to turn off their brains, slip into bed with corrupt religious leaders and say something ridiculous like: “Sure, Marshall Applewhite … You are right about Hale Bopp… Kill me off. Nirvana, here we come.” Or, “You bet, Jim Jones… Bring on the Kool-Aid.”

    People… Wake up. Think for yourself. Tell your religious leaders to take a hike. Then start searching for yourself. Because? “Seek, and ye shall find!!!” But organized religion? It’s a sham and a scam… Follow them and you see nothing–not even through a glass darkly. You become a virtual member of the Three Blind Mice.

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    Neil McKenty Says:

    As a matter of fact I am going to a meeting of secular humanists in Montreal on Sunday just to find out what the other side thinks.

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