Skip to comments.Judge Orders Catholic School Board to Face Tribunal Over Firing of Transgender Teacher [Canada]
Posted on 01/15/2014 7:08:04 PM PST by marshmallow
EDMONTON, Alberta, January 13, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) An Alberta judge has ruled that a Catholic school board face a hearing at the provinces human rights tribunal over its decision to remove a transgender activist from its list of substitute teachers.
The case tests the right of Catholic schools to hire and teach according to their denominational beliefs, which are protected in the Constitution Act 1867. Janet Buterman now goes by "Jan" and dresses as a man.
In 2009, Janet Buterman, 39 at the time, filed a human rights complaint against the Greater St. Albert Catholic School Board after she said the board discriminated against her on the grounds of gender and physical disability what court documents referred to as gender identity disorder by removing her from the list. She was not a contracted employee.
The board defended its move at the time in a letter to Buterman, stating: In discussions with the Archbishop of the Edmonton Diocese, the teaching of the Catholic Church is that persons cannot change their gender. Ones gender is considered what God created us to be.
The board stated that it followed the teachings of the Catholic Church and that it intentionally hired teachers who modeled and lived these teachings.
"Your gender change is not aligned with the teachings of the Church," continued the letter, "and would create confusion and complexity with students and parents as a model and witness to Catholic faith values."
But Buterman complained to the Alberta Human Rights Commission (AHRC), arguing that the Catholic board did not have the right to let its beliefs enter decisions about employment. It appears to me they think they have a right to make employment decisions based on claims, tenets of faith," she told the Edmonton Journal in 2009. "From my perspective, as a......
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One Less Transgender Tree!
It appears that people can believe anything they want as long as they don’t express their faith in any way that affects how they relate to anyone else. The party who gets to decide how a Christian must act is government.
Coming here by year’s end.
One issue is that in Canada, schools have traditionally been sectarian, and publicly funded. When I lived in Montreal, I attended an Anglophone Protestant school and we sang hymns every day. There were also Francophone Catholic and Anglophone Catholic - and those were all the public schools there were.
I suspect that Protestant schools are now so in name only, and that hymns are no longer sung. Catholic schools want Caesar’s coin and to teach Catholic values. Traditionally they were allowed to do so, but times have changed.
Employers have to make decisions based on the beliefs of their clientele.
If not they won't need any teachers because their classrooms will be empty.
“It appears that people can believe anything they want as long as they dont express their faith in any way that affects how they relate to anyone else. The party who gets to decide how a Christian must act is government.”
Why, it’s like Rome!!!
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“arguing that the Catholic board did not have the right to let its beliefs enter decisions about employment.”
Runaway government....too big...too invasive...too powerful...and the USA is right behind Canada.