Religious freedom, language rights cases hit Supreme Court this week

The Supreme Court building is pictured in Ottawa March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

The Supreme Court building is pictured in Ottawa March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 4:58 PM ET

Quebec's "totalitarian" ethics and religion curriculum and official bilingualism will both be up for debate at Supreme Court of Canada hearings in two separate cases this week.

On Monday, the court will hear a complaint against the Quebec government from Montreal's Loyola High School over the provincially mandated Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) curriculum.

Quebec imposed the curriculum that "does not espouse any particular set of beliefs or moral references" on all public and private schools in 2008 - something to which the private Jesuit boy's school objects.

Loyola says its teachers will have to suppress their Roman Catholic faith when teaching ERC courses.

In its factum to the Court, Loyola argues that Quebec can not "force a Catholic school to cease being Catholic by being obliged to teach ethics and its own religious tradition from a standpoint which is disengaged from that tradition."

 


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