Ted Byfield: News Flash: Teachers’ union tells Christians how to teach their faith
One of the more intriguing literary specimens to emerge from the socialist government’s much-awaited plan to change the way we Albertans think, by changing the way our children think, appears in the brochure called PRISM, mentioned in this space a week or so ago. It was produced by the Alberta Teachers Association, and it exhaustively details how teachers must transform our children’s attitude away from what we once called sexual perversions into sexual acclamations. That is, the student must learn to appreciate the hitherto undiscovered grandeur of sodomy. Not only must it become acceptable, but also something we can admire, celebrate, hold parades about.
The brochure sets out measures by which schools must warmly welcome and highly regard fledgling practitioners of these and other proclivities. It sets out how teachers must sternly rebuke any ridicule or abuse of them, and how schools must provide “space” to shelter students often afflicted with frightful inhospitality.
Why the government should have off-loaded all this on the teachers’ union is a question worth asking, but it’s not likely to be rationally or truthfully answered. The teachers’ union doesn’t have to win elections and the government does. So if the reception is unfavourable, let the union take the blame. The union’s reward can come later in salary negotiations. Such no doubt was the bureaucratic rationale.
One chapter in this great gaudy tome, however, was truly astonishing. It instructed teachers in Christian schools, Catholic and Protestant, on how they were to deal with “the sin of homophobia.” It is a very pious chapter. It notes that the God in Trinity calls us “to live in solidarity with each other.” What does it mean by “in solidarity,” one wonders. If, say, I was to “live in solidarity” with my neighbour’s wife, would that be a good thing? Going further, Christian students must learn to “live in community.” Really? Suppose their “community” is experimenting with drugs — not an altogether unlikely possibility. Should they continue to “live in community,” or should they distance themselves from their community?
Students must “examine” some of the “philosophic building blocks for ethics and morality,” says the brochure. What exactly are those building blocks? “Sacred scripture” and “revelation” are favourably mentioned. But since the Old and New Testaments condemn the practice of homosexuality, where do we go from there? And what is meant by “revelation?” Are we talking here about the biblical prophets or the great saints? We will precious little approval of LBGT there. Or by “revelation” do they mean whatever morals are currently fashionable on the CNN, the CBC, from the latest rock star, or perhaps in the seventy-nine LGBT movies and TV shows the brochure recommends for student viewing. Whether these productions represent spiritual revelation or social disintegration, it will be left for history to decide. I’m betting on the latter.
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