Thursday, October 09, 2014

Anti-Catholic ads rejected in Canada

As in Australia and Britain, Catholic schools in Canada receive government funding.  A Canadian secularist however thinks that is "discriminatory".  Not quite sure why.  If everyone gets schooling at government expense, where is the discrimination?  He may just be an old-time Protestant at heart. He is obviously no friend of diversity.  He must realize that he has Buckley's chance of changing the mind of a government that wants the Catholic vote.  A screw loose somewhere, I think

An Embrun dentist who wanted to run bus ads in Winnipeg protesting Ontario's separate school system says his rights have been violated by the ad company that rejected the campaign. Dr. Richard Thain planned to run the ads to coincide with the opening of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in September. The $10,000 campaign was to have run for four weeks and consisted of six ads with slogans such as "This is a human rights disgrace" and "Human rights violations in Canada."

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is a national museum in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The museum is located at The Forks. "The purpose of the museum is to "explore the subject of human rights with a special but not exclusive reference to Canada, in order to enhance the public's understanding of human rights, to promote respect for others and to encourage reflection and dialogue." It held its opening ceremonies on September 19, 2014.[

Instead, the company, Pattison Outdoor, rejected the ads, saying they might violate the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards.

"I was stunned when they said, 'We won't run these,'" Dr. Richard Thain said.

Part of the contract Thain signed said the company could reject ads that violated the code, but Thain said there is nothing wrong with his ads. Some of them are fact, and others are opinions, "and people express opinions all the time."

Thain, a secularist, says Ontario's publicly funded Catholic schools discriminate against non-Catholics and are wasteful of taxpayers' money.

"It's a human rights issue, number one," he said. "Even if we didn't save one cent (by eliminating Catholic school boards) it would still be necessary to remove religious discrimination from our society. That's a basic principle of modern democracy."



Bird of Paradise said...

Secularists should just go pound sand

Anonymous said...

I don't have any issue with private/religious schools getting pro rata for the actual cost of teaching a student equal to the government cost. This payment would not cover building costs or maintenance, utility costs, teacher pay rates or any other costs. Private/religious education costs above the actual cost to educate a public student in the classroom should be bourn by the institution through parental fees. There is a place for non-public education but not on the public purse.

Anonymous said...

The only "religious discrimination" I see here is from Thain.

Anyone, catholic or other wise, is being treated the same, so where is his complaint?

Just another anti-religious bigoted liberal I guess!

I wonder if he would feel the same about islam, bet not.