Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Prepare For An Anti-Gay Hissy Fit: Toronto School Board Rejects Parental Opt Out

     Prepare for anti-gay organizations such as the National Organization for Marriage to use the following news report from Canada in their arsenal against the legalization of same sex marriage. The Toronto Star reports,

Christian parents wanting to opt-out of the Toronto Public School Board's curriculum-wide inclusion of gay, lesbian, transgender and queer issues are being told to like it or lump it.
“We cannot accommodate discrimination,” said Ken Jeffers, coordinator of gender-based violence prevention with the board. “If a parent says 'We don't like gays and lesbians and we don't want our child to learn anything about them,' that would be, under our policies, and under Ontario Human Rights legislation, discriminatory.”
The resource guide for teachers of students in kindergarten through grade 12, titled Challenging Homophobia & Heterosexism, is meant to help educators integrate teaching moments concerning GLTQ issues into everyday discussions in the classrooms.
“As a blunt example, if we had parents who were members of the Church of the Creator, which is a white supremacist church, wishing to be exempted from anti-racism education, we wouldn't allow that either,” Jeffers said.
     Many religious parents have issue over what they deem the "indoctrination" of their children on the acceptability of a lifestyle that they and their religion this is morally wrong. They claim that they should be able to opt their children out of these programs if they so choose - religious freedom and all. As I have stated numerous times on this blog, if religious parents have an issue with their children learning that all humans are equal and normal, then they can put their money where their mouth is and homeschool their child. Secular education is just that, secular, and must take into account the fact that people of all different races, sexual orientations, and religions are being taught. They must take into account that hatred towards any of these groups, even if it is veiled in the form of religion freedom, is unacceptable and must be something that must be taught against.

     In Canada, with the Supreme Courts Egan decision, sexual orientation was labeled an analogous ground to race and gender, among others. Thus it should be treated as such, and not given any special exemptions because of religious reasons that race and gender are not given; for sexual orientation is just as normal and healthy as being a black man or being a woman.

2 comments:

  1. I think Brian raises a lot of points. I don't really consider myself in the closet at work so much as I just don't feel the topic has come up. I think that's kind of natural when I'm single, as it means I'm not talking about what my boyfriend or husband and I did over the weekend, or or plans to redo the kitchen, or something else. At my workplace, discussions of politics rarely come up, so it's not going to come up that way, either. In fact, about the only time the topic even came up was last weekend when I mentioned that my godson participated in our local ride for pride and I hope to join him for next year's ride.

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