Ted Byfield: Dr. Wells is all for frank discussion, but not too frank

Ted Byfield: Dr. Wells is all for frank discussion, but not too frank

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One of the more amusing aspects of the debate over sex clubs in the Alberta schools is the sudden absorption by the most unlikely of people in the most unlikely of subjects. We have, that is, the offer of the Edmonton Public Schools to take over the Catholic schools on the apparent and unflattering assumption that a non-Catholic board would do just as good a job at teaching Catholicism as a Catholic board was doing. This was contemptuously rejected by the latter.

More amusing still, however, was the sudden nosedive by the inaugurator of the sex club movement in Alberta into the often murky pools of modern moral theology. He attempts to show the province’s Catholic school trustees how and why it is their religious duty to open sex clubs in all the Catholic schools. Not one of the Catholic schools has so far allowed them.

The man behind this latest venture is Dr. Kris Wells, whose Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services is directing the formation of sex clubs in the Alberta public schools. The institute is an appendage of the University of Alberta and the school sex clubs are presumably one of the “services” it has taken upon itself to provide for all schools, public, Catholic, or independent.

But the Catholic boards have been something less than grateful for this sweeping offer, in fact have flatly turned it down. Then up rose the brave Dr. Wells to assail the Catholic boards in their dreadful (as he saw it) dereliction of duty. He offered four reasons, all ostensibly compatible with Catholic Christianity, why the boards had gravely erred in rejecting the sex clubs. To wit:

Reason #1: The trustees were claiming that the clubs seriously infringe upon parental authority over children. This statement represents a fundamental misconception about the clubs, writes Dr. Wells. Known as GSAs. (Gay-Straight Alliances) “they are student-led and teacher-facilitated extracurricular groups. Participation is open to all students and is voluntary. As a result, they do not infringe upon parental authority any more than any other extracurricular activity, like participation in a chess club or volleyball team.”

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