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Barrage of complaints, restrictions imposed after high school student starts ‘Catholic Club’

by Jack Bingham

‘People were really mad,’ said student Timothy Que. ‘It’s been kind of crazy. I didn’t expect it to be this bad.’

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (LifeSiteNews) – A high school in Vancouver has placed restrictions on a Grade 11 student’s Catholic Club after the school board was inundated with complaints.  

Last month, Eric Hamber Secondary School in Vancouver placed restrictions on Grade 11 student Timothy Que’s Catholic club aimed at teaching and promoting the authentic Catholic faith, after the school’s board was hit with a barrage of complaints following an interview he did to promote his new club. While Que’s pro-Catholic club has been limited because it promotes “a particular religion,” other ideological groups, such as pro-LGBTQ groups, remain unaffected.  

According to Que, the new regulations imposed on his group prohibit him from explicitly teaching or promoting the Catholic faith, but instead must be limited to “socialization” and “general discussions” surrounding the topic of Catholicism.  

The reason for the regulations, per the director of communications at the Vancouver School Board (VSB), Patricia MacNeil, is because Section 76 of the B.C. School Act “states that schools must be conducted on strictly secular and non-sectarian principles,” and that “no religious dogma or creed is to be taught in a school.” 

In effect, this means “districts cannot promote a particular religion but that they can certainly teach about religion,” she explained to the B.C. Catholic. 

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