Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Boston Cardinal Cites Canada as an Example on Crackdown on Religious Freedom

From Boston Cardinal Cites Canada as an Example on Crackdown on Religious Freedom, by Hilary White, posted Mar. 6, 2007, by Lifesite.net

BOSTON, March 6, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Boston's Cardinal Archbishop, Sean O'Malley has compared Canada's eroding legal protections for religious freedom with the case of a Lexington Massachusetts father who was denied by a school his right to opt his son out of state-prescribed sex-education classes.

Cardinal O'Malley compares the Massachusetts case to the situation in Canada. He wrote, "In Canada . . . They are already seeing the many different ways that people's religious rights are being trampled because of the redefinition of marriage."

In 2005, David Parker of Lexington filed suit when his son's school notified him that he would not be informed when the class would include homosexual or "transgender" information. On February 23, Federal District Judge Mark L. Wolf ruled that children in elementary school must remain in "diversity" classes that include explicit information on homosexual acts.

O'Malley maintains a popular weblog on which he wrote Friday that the Court had overstepped the bounds of the law. O'Malley points out that Massachusetts law allows parents to be notified and have the option of removing children from classes when "human sexual education or human sexuality issues" are presented.

The Cardinal comments that the most disturbing aspect of the case "is that it underscores how, by redefining marriage in Massachusetts, people's religious rights are going to be challenged by the state."

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