ChristianGovernance eletter – August 9, 2012
Below is a brief excerpt from Leaving God Behind. We expect to be able to send the final proof to the printer next week so they can prepare a draft version of the book for us to approve. It is exciting to be able to make this important work available to Canadians. When we see what God has done in this nation in the past, we will hopefully be inspired to believe God for great things in the future.
This excerpt is from Chapter 4, “Christianity was the Official Religion of Ontario’s Public Schools”:
> As the experience with the Lord’s Day Act demonstrates, the influence of Christianity upon the Canadian political system was undeniable at the federal level before 1982. An explicitly-Christian law was passed, and remained in effect, for almost 80 years – finally slain due to the adoption of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
> The influence of Christianity at the provincial level is also unmistakable. Policies were adopted with explicitly-Christian purposes. A clear example of this can be seen in the religious exercises and religious education program of the public schools in Ontario.
> The strength of Protestant Christian influence in Ontario ran both deep and wide from the first English-speaking settlement of the late eighteenth century until at least the 1960s. The public education system reflected this. Although the Christian influence in Ontario’s public schools had clearly waned by the 1970s and 1980s, those influences remained formally entrenched in the system, until uprooted as a result of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.