Manitoba poised to demand faith-based independent schools allow gay-straight alliances

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Manitoba appears set to demand faith-based independent schools allow gay-straight alliances, sparking complaints it will be a threat to their freedom of religion.

The province may well be the first to require private schools — many of them religious — to comply with anti-bullying legislation because a large number receive 50% funding from taxpayers.

“Parents are making a significant economic decision to send their children to our school and they’re doing so because they share the same values as the school would,” said Scott Wiebe, principal at Steinbach Christian High School. “We currently meet all the requirements for funded independent schools in Manitoba and… [but] our acceptance of funding shouldn’t come at a cost to a Charter right, which is freedom of religion.”

More than 1,200 parents, students and community members attended a meeting at Steinbach Sunday night about Manitoba’s Public Schools Amendment Act, or Bill 18 — heavily informed…

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