Tory plan seen by some as first step to forcing all private schools to absorb Ontario government's full secular curriculum
That's the lead-in to a Lifesite story on John Tory's rapidly imploding plan to allow public funding for religious schools. Ontario SoCons are worried that the limits John Tory's plan would impose on teaching Creationism (only in Religious Studies class) would eventually force Christian-based private schools to embrace the Homosexual Agenda!
In order to receive [John Tory's] money , however, privately run schools would have to teach the Ontario curriculum, follow standardized testing and have accredited teachers. While it would be optional at first, Tory's proposed solution could eventually force all schools to comply with the Ontario curriculum sections that mandate such things as acceptance of feminism and homosexuality, graphic sex education, teaching of evolution as complete fact and other problematic topics for those from religions of traditional moral, family and other core principles.
There's just no pleasing some folk.
In fact, the Lifesite comes perilously close to endorsing Dalton McGuinty's approach to this issue:
Dalton McGuinty, on the other hand, says he wants to leave the situation stand as it is. As he told a conference of municipal delegates, "You don't improve a community's schools, you don't build community when you take half a billion (dollars) out of publicly funded schools to fund private religious schools as the Conservatives are promising to do."
Not a bad word to say about it. On the other hand, the desperate strait John Tory has talked himself into can be seen from the fact that Flanders himself, the Superduper SoCon Power Ranger, has crapped all over his plan:
Commenting on the situation, John Pacheco, political activist and former Director of Finance of a private Catholic school told LifeSiteNews.com, "Once the Catholic school system accepted money, it made it easier for secular ideology to creep into the schools. As soon as we allow the government to dictate what curriculum to use, they can withdraw funding if we don't meet the standards."
Apparently, only the unfettered presentation of Creationist thinking will really do.