OTTAWA, December 3, 2002 ( – A solid majority of Canadians say unspecified “prayer” should be allowed in the classroom, according to a COMPAS poll of 608 Canadians, commissioned by the National Post and Global National. Asked the question, “Should prayer be allowed in public schools?” the response was 68% ‘yes’ and 28% ‘no’. The poll did not specify what kind of prayer.  Support for religious schools was surprisingly high. Nearly one-third, or 29%, supported full public funding for religious-affiliated schools “that meet [unspecified] educational standards,” while 42% favour “partial” funding—for a total of 71% in favour of funding. Only 19% would block all public support.  However, when asked about institutions actually applying religious principles in practice, a majority of Canadians appear to be intolerant. Of those polled, 63% said a religious school should not be allowed to disallow same-sex partners from a school dance. And 71% said a religious school should not be allowed to decide not to hire a practising homosexual teacher if he or she is otherwise “satisfactory.”

The contradictory response on homosexuality may reflect years of bias by Canadian media and government institutions that has deprived the public of balanced information on the issue.  For related coverage see:  COURT FORBIDS CATHOLIC SCHOOL FROM BARRING HOMOSEXUAL DATE FROM PROM PARENTS CANNOT OPT KIDS OUT OF SCHOOL CONTRACEPTIVE PROGRAM ONTARIO HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSIONER THREATENS RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS’ MORAL TEACHING


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