Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Homosexual School Curriculum With No Parental Opt-Out?

From Life News comes this not unexpected news. Hat tip to Left Handed Right.
B.C. Gay Couple Seeks Mandatory Homosexual School Curriculum Without Parental Opt-Out

VANCOUVER, B.C. July 11, 2005 ( A British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal is preparing to hear what pro-family and religious groups are calling a truly frightening case. Murray and Peter Corren, a B.C. gay couple, filed a complaint against the B.C. Ministry of education in 1999 alleging that the Ministry'’s curriculum didn'’t adequately “address issues of sexual orientation. That case is slated to be heard beginning today.

“"Basically, there is systemic discrimination through omission and suppression of queer issues in the whole of the curriculum," alleges Murray Corren, who is an elementary school teacher in Port Coquitlam.

What many are finding deeply disturbing, however, is that the Corren'’s are not only seeking inclusion of explicitly homosexual material in the curriculum, promoting homosexuality as a normative and safe lifestyle option, but also that they wish to ensure that the material is mandatory.

If successful, the case will ensure that parents do not retain the right to choose to pull their children from the offensive portion of the curriculum and provide yet another extraordinary exception from normal rules because it has been insisted upon by gay activists.
Where do I start? This is a logical next step in the gay activist agenda. That the proposed curriculum would run roughshod over parental rights and constitutional protections for freedom of religion and belief is obvious. Having said that, I have no confidence that human rights commissions, populated as they are with "progressive" minded zealots, will reject such outrageous demands. Let's hope I am wrong about this.


At 12:49 am, July 14, 2005 , Blogger Kermit said...

At what point during our 25 year nap, did the watchman fall asleep and fail to rouse us. Now, parental rights have been/are being kidnapped by the state.

Here in the Lower 48, the reaction to the new order (odor{?} - do I smell Moonbats coming in their pirogues?) is a movement toward home schooling. This aggravates the snot out of professional educators/administrators, because public schools often receive their funding based on enrollment figures.

I see home schooling as the only legitimate way to reclaim the system of 'public education' so that the children are actually educated!

Kermit the Green

At 10:03 am, July 14, 2005 , Blogger Shane said...

And Homeschooling is gaining similar momentum in Canada. And intersting point about homschooling - did you know that the peak of American childhood education (as judged by knowledge of world events, history, mathematics (relative to the day) and literacy all reached their peaks in the late 1700-early 1800s? This was long before the advent of public schools - it was at a time when something like 95% of Americans were HOMESCHOOLED.

Thanks for the hat tip. It is freaky how things are going. And yes, we will be homeschooling our boys.

At 10:04 am, July 14, 2005 , Blogger John the Mad said...

I'm fortunate to be living in Upper Canada (Ontario) where a constitutional quirk from 1867 gives Catholics the right to a publicly funded school system.

While the quirk is discriminatory for other religious groups denied the same rights, and while it isn't a perfect bulwark against the indoctrination of our young by various zealots, it does offer a degree of legal protection.

I teach my children to respect others, and that includes homosexuals, but I will simply not have them indoctinated to accept homosexual practices as being morally normative. They aren't.

At 10:49 am, July 14, 2005 , Blogger Kateland, aka TZH said...

John, the cat is already out of the bag - even in the separate school system. When the Last Amazon was in grade six the public health nurse came in to teach sex- ed which I am told is a very common occurence. It is thought that having their everyday teacher teaching it or being in the room would unduly inhibit the children from asking questions. At one point the public health nurse drew diagrams using stick men of the various positions men can assume when two men have sexual relations with each other. When she was asked to show the positions men and women could assume, she refused. That's how come I heard about it. The Last Amazon was outraged and came home ranting about how discrimatory it all was against heterosexuals. You can complain all you want but by the time you know what's being taught and how; the cat is out of the bag.

At 5:08 pm, July 15, 2005 , Blogger John the Mad said...


Thanks for the heads up. I am unaware of anything similiar in my sons' Catholic school in Durham. I will ask Liam about it. He just finished grade six.

I'll also check with the school Board in the fall. Rest assured if I find that happening, there will be right royal hell to pay.

If there is one thing I have learned over my years as a public servant (from observing it being done to us) it is how to make life misererable for bureaucrats. It's really an art.

At 11:23 am, July 19, 2005 , Blogger Rick Barnes said...

I disagree with your comments that this would be bad. It may even save a the lives of young people that are gay or questioning their sexuality.

Knowledge sets us free. Look at the stats in the USA. They have sex-ed classes that don't talk about sex! They have the largest percentage of teenage pregnancies, higher STD rates, than any western democracy, it may have something to do with their Conservative "Christian" attitude that if people know something they will do it.


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