Debating Imam prayers in public schools with Sun TV Ezra Levant, plus IVF debate on AM640 Radio

August 10, 2011


Yesterday afternoon I joined Raheel Raza, Muslim Canadian journalist, author, public speaker, media consultant, anti-racism activist, and interfaith coordinator, on Sun TV News’ The Source with Ezra Levant. Levant is a polarizing figure you either love or hate. He’s well known for his book Shakedown, which documents the censorship crusade of many Human Rights Commissions in Canada.  But that wasn’t the theme of our conversation.

The topic was our shared concern for the mixing of religion and public education through the continued public funding of Catholic Schools coupled with the introduction of outside religious leaders into schools, such as through Imam-led prayers in school cafeterias or the distribution of Gideon bibles in classes.

I firmly believe educational world religion classes are vital for each student to understand the world they inhabit and should be accessible to all students, but draw the line when it comes to granting exclusive and privileged access to students or schools to religious authorities for non-educational purposes.

Earlier in the morning, motivated by the article Ontario couple childless while Quebec parents enjoy fully-funded IVF, Associate Pastor of Westminster Chapel Scott Mason and I debated the pros and cons of health care funding for in vitro fertilization (IVF) on the John Oakley Show on AM640.

My heart goes out to infertile couples that want nothing more than to bring life into the world, and should be given whatever tools are available to assist. Additionally, as is the case in Quebec, provincial funding for IVF would provide enhanced maternal health and possibly save money in the long run. By mandating that public clinics provide no more than a single embryo at a time, we can reduce multiple pregnancies that often lead to unfortunate and expensive complications.