After our campaigning, not a single school district in the province distributes Gideon Bibles to elementary students any longer.
Yet many public schools continue to privilege Christianity and marginalize non-religious and minority faith families.
Further, sectarian independent schools in BC receive up to 50% of the funding of a neighbouring public school. These schools are free to discriminate in their admissions and staffing decisions. Many of these schools have dragged their feet or flat out refused to implement policies to protect LGBTQ students from faith-based bigotry.
Public schools in BC "must be conducted on strictly secular and non-sectarian principles" but why are we funding indoctrination?
Humanism "affirms the worth, dignity and autonomy of the individual and the right of every human being to the greatest possible freedom compatible with the rights of others. Humanists have a duty of care to all of humanity including future generations." And we are "committed to education free from indoctrination."
To this end, our Secular Schools campaign seeks:
- For all public schools to be secular.
- For an end to public funding of sectarian religious schools.
- For stricter oversight of independent schools and protections of marginalized students in those schools.
Will you join our Secular Schools campaign?