HAMILTON, Ontario, February 15, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Public school children in Hamilton, Ontario will not be permitted to withdraw from classes that promote homosexuality, according to the Hamilton Mountain News. At the same time, according to a leaked document obtained by a local journalist, teachers are being instructed to tell parents who object to the curriculum that “this is not about parent rights.”
At the end of January, the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) hosted a professional development day dedicated to “equity” training, where they distributed a sheet to teachers with “quick responses” they can offer to parents who object to the school board's “anti-homophobia” curriculum.
That document was obtained by journalist Mark Cripps, and posted on the website of the Hamilton Mountain News. Cripps observes that the handout “basically indicates parents have no rights when it comes to their child’s education at the HWDSB.”
In addition, Cripps reports that, “The board says no child will be excused from the class when topics of homosexuality are brought into the classroom.”
The school board is developing a new equity policy, as required of all boards under the Ontario Ministry of Education's equity strategy, announced last year. Among other things, the Ministry is requiring all boards, Catholic and public, to develop a plan for combating “homophobia.”
Let it be said that as a Catholic I oppose all unjust discrimination against anyone. There is no reason to treat people with anything less than respect for their humanity, for their status as a child of God.
But insisting that children be taught that the long-standing teaching of the Catholic church (and similar faiths) that homosexual acts are gravely morally evil and that thus gay marriage cannot be condoned because it is, itself, an attack on that inherent human dignity is nothing less than evil. And giving teachers a "script" in which they are, essentially, to attack parental rights, religious rights, and the notion that certain topics involving sexuality ought not be addressed with young children is forcing those teachers to acts as agents of an intolerant state which is so blind to its own bigotry against parents and religion that it cannot see what it is asking these teachers to do.
We can expect the same, here in America, if gay marriage ever becomes a reality; Massachusetts has, after all, attacked parental rights and religious beliefs in the same way in its increasingly depraved public schools. For now, we have the luxury to shake our heads and say: Oh, Canada.