Our Veterans Fought for the Right to Disagree

Premier Redford suggested yesterday that she does not support the right of parents, currently established in law, to opt their children out of Remembrance Day commemorations. You can read the story here. Alberta currently recognizes the right of parents to opt their children out of religious, sexual, and patriotic instruction.
I think many people are uncomfortable with having children pulled out of Remembrance Day commemorations, but that is really not the point. When our soldiers have gone oversees to fight, they have fought for the right of different people to have different opinions, to express those opinions, and to pass those opinions on to their children. How ironic it is, for those who claim to want to honour our soldiers, to dishonour their commitment to freedom by seeking to compel people to attend Remembrance Day events. Not attending Remembrance Day events is the wrong choice, in my opinion, but it is a choice that our soldiers fought for us to be able to make.
Some have speculated that this issue will be used to undermine the broader principle of letting parents opt their children out of instruction which they do not agree with. We must be vigilant against this sort of attack on parental authority, and recognize that religious freedom and freedom of association include the right not to participate in Remembrance Day events. The freedom to disagree and to opt-out is something that our veterans fought for – taking away the rights of others to disagree and to opt-out is no way to honour them.

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