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Canada: Atheist wins case against Gideons in schools

The Christian Institute

Schools in a region of Canada have been forced to change their policies on distributing Gideon Bibles following a challenge by an atheist.

Rene Chouinard took his case to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario after he complained about Bibles being handed out at his daughter’s school.

Mr Chouinard said it was biased for his primary school-aged daughter to be offered religious literature, after he received a permission slip for her to be given a Bible. 

Mr Chouinard was then denied requests for atheist material to be distributed by the school.

David Wright, Associate Chair of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, found in his decision that allowing only the Gideons to distribute literature in Niagara schools was discriminatory.

He ruled that schools in the Niagara area can only hand out Gideon Bibles if they develop a new policy which allows the distribution of atheist material.

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