State powers asserted in school legislation seen as denying fundamental family authority
By Naomi Knoch, SEARCH Apprentice Writer
Secret clubs where elementary school children are encouraged to question their own sexuality. Even Christian schools obliged by law to provide and tolerate through student clubs a forum for expressly unbiblical teachings on sexuality
VIDEO: Pastor Kevin Cavanaugh details the West Coast Christian Accord to Cedar Grove Church in Surrey, BC [Oct. 26, 2018]
So what’s next? Drag queens reading stories to kindergarten children? That’s already happening in the U.S.
John Carpay, president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, says Alberta children are being taught sexually explicit propaganda and by law, parents aren’t even allowed to know what’s being taught, and by whom. People, described as “outside supporters,” are being invited in to address and influence the students in the school sex clubs. Parents are not allowed to know who they are, who invited them, what is their area of expertise, and what kind of influence they are exerting upon their children. “Secrecy is now the law,” Carpay declares. “Our government thinks children belong to the state.
“But if you think we can just wait until the next election and that will solve it, think again. Under Bill 10, passed by Jim Prentice and the Progressive Conservatives with the support of the Wildrose opposition, if a student requested a Gay-Straight Alliance club, a school principal was required to establish one immediately, whether or not it interfered with the mission or beliefs of the school.”
Take note, said Carpay, at what this implies. It means that by law, a single student has been given authority over parents, teachers and principals in determining school clubs or activities.
“You may get a new government. But the people who want this aren’t going to go away. To see good triumph over evil, those who support the free society will have to be politically engaged for the long haul. People who care about parental rights, which is one of the cornerstones of the free society, must be actively involved in politics.”
Before a meeting of 400 plainly alarmed parents and teachers in Calgary, Carpay reviewed the legislative history of what to many people are shocking precedents. In 2017, the Notley government passed Bill 24, which takes the provisions of Bill 10 one step further. Schools, including private religious schools, are required to create internal policies replicating exact wording from the School Act.
Thus by School Act, Section 16.1, “If no staff member is available to serve as a staff liaison. and if so informed, the Minister shall appoint a responsible adult to work with the requesting students… at the school.” Nothing suggests that the responsible adult be a certified teacher or staff member, leaving it open to the Minister to appoint someone from a variety of external community organisations.
Another section of the School Act reads: “If one or more students … request [it], the principal of the school shall a) immediately grant permission…” for the club to be accommodated. Meanwhile. under Bill 24. passed last November, a government fiat requires that schools remove all religiously founded restraint on sexual conduct. And parents are to know nothing about these sex clubs, beyond the bare fact of their existence.
Thus, a standing parental right to exclude their children from school sex-ed courses is abolished, since the parent has no right to exclude a student from membership in the clubs. The new policy imposes other stipulations. All schools must rewrite policies to conform with the governmental decrees on sex-education.
In Gay-Straight-Alliance clubs and by way of GSA-related activities, children down to kindergarten can now be taught that “male” and “female” are restrictive concepts, that gender is “fluid.” Non-compliant Christian schools face de-funding and loss of accreditation.
Donna Trimble, executive director of Parents for Choice in Education, told the meeting that these new government policies+“are not presented as one perspective among many, but rather as the only correct one. Power has been transferred into the hands of one man, the education minister. Meanwhile, she notes, the “bullying problem” has not been solved. Ironically, its victims are no longer confined to sexual minorities. They’re parents and children. “We’re all for choice-driven education, but every parent must have a choice,” she declared.
The meeting was hosted by the Christian apologetics group Faith Beyond Belief. Executive Director Jojo Ruba said its purpose was to direct public attention to the determined policy of the Department of Education to flagrantly undermine parental rights and expose vulnerable children to abuse and other harm. B.C. has already faced these challenges, he said, through the SOGI (Sexual Orientation Gender Identity) curriculum, which was introduced in 2016.
Kevin Cavanaugh, one of 300 B.C. pastors who are campaigning against the curriculum and who in October proclaimed the West Coast Christian Accord (which subjects sexuality to biblical principles) views the conflict over sex education as a spiritual battle. “The government of Canada has deemed lawful what God and His law deem unlawful,” said Pastor Cavanaugh.”This is not a time for fear but for action. This is a hill I’m willing to die on. I don’t want to sound heroic but I do want to sound faithful.” To reflect its growing national stature, the WCCA has now been rebranded “OneAccord.”
However, Ruba stressed the role of grace and love of adversaries in the conflict. “There is a need to be fearlessly uncompromising, but also to understand we’re dealing
with different world views. Our purpose is not to make any person an enemy, but to see them as people needing the grace of God. Just as we are.”
Also calling Albertan parents into political activism was David MacKenzie, executive director of the Evangelical Office of the Public Square: “The government needs to hear that Albertans are not okay with their constitutional rights being infringed upon, Their freedom of speech is being mocked, and their children are being effectively brainwashed right under their noses. I fundamentally believe the public square is benefited by people of faith. Politics crash when Christians absent themselves.”