This week the gay magazine Xtra reported that teachers in a Catholic school were involving their students in right to life issues by circulating a petition supporting a bill to redefine the legal beginning of life. Now the Star has picked up the story. The spectacle of Catholics behaving as Catholics is hardly newsworthy but take a closer look at the immediate effect these stories have. They tend to generate a great deal of response in the combox that borders on sheer hatred. Much of the commentary consists of questioning the use of tax dollars to further a religious agenda. My guess is that this sort of news coverage is a softening up for a future challenge to separate school funding.