This is going to become a hot topic, I think, and one that will cause politicians to run for cover. Some Catholic students are asking to set up Gay-Straight Alliances (clubs) in their schools to combat the bullying of homosexuals, which is allowed under the Equity policy of the Ministry of Education, and under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Of course, joining a club that goes against Catholic teaching is grounds for excommunication, and TCDSB board members and Catholic parents are looking for protection from the equity policy. Seriously.
At a TCDSB meeting last night, they "passed amendments giving religious morals and principles precedence over the equity policy mandated by the province."
Of course, the problem is that Catholic teaching equates "homosexuality" with other unfortunate personal attributes, such as "murderer".
When your religion is looking to be exempt from treating people equally, you should probably take a long look at your religion.
Is this the issue that will bring the idea of defunding Catholic schools into the discussion? Will Catholics decide they want full funding more than they want to bully homosexuals? Maybe the politicians will stick fingers in their ears and shout, "La la la la la!" until this blows over. This could get interesting...