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It's Time To Excommunicate Public Catholic Schools

When the right of a tax-funded separate Catholic school system was put into the constitution back in 1867, it was a way of protecting the religious, cultural and language rights of the minority French (who were predominantly Catholic) from the majority English (who were predominantly Protestant) at a time when all schooling was church-run. We now live in a multicultural country based on equality and yet somehow in three provinces it's still considered kosher that one religious group gets tax-funded schooling but not Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhist, Hindus, etc. It's the dictionary definition of privilege.
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NO TO BILL 10: Gay-Straight Alliances Make Schools Safer

This week in Alberta some things hit the metaphorical fan when the government introduced Bill 10, which would allow the province's school boards to reject students' requests to create a peer-support group known as a gay-straight alliance (or GSA). Supporters say it would reduce bullying and save lives. Frankly, I'm sick of people allowing their personal beliefs and prejudices to make our society less progressive, less inclusive, and less safe.
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Prentice Dabbling with his own 'Lake of Fire'?

If the "Lake of Fire" fiasco that cost the Wildrose the last election is any indication, Albertans overwhelmingly vote against a party that smells of promoting homophobia, so there is no need to seek a "safe middle ground" on this wedge issue. In fact, the "middle ground" is not so politically safe for right wing parties. In two years, it will be far less safe. So why is Prentice talking tough but actually equivocating on an issue for which he clearly has overwhelming public support?
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There's Nothing Religious About Banning Gay-Straight Alliances

Recently, Liberal MLA Laurie Blakeman proposed Bill 202 that would allow students to start a Gay Straight Alliance club in their schools. However, Alberta Premier Jim Prentice wants to counter the "unfair and unbalanced approach" of Bill 202. For Canada's LGBTQ youth, whose suicide statistics are startlingly high, GSAs may make a difference between life and death. Indeed, the cardinal principle of many religions is to love our neighbours as we love ourselves. If we cannot show grace for our LGBTQ neighbours and families, are we really living up to that hallowed principle of our own faiths?

Gay Straight Alliance and Marriage

Keeping all children safe and happy is our first priority. Let's teach the kids in public school to always show great love and respect to all people, no matter race, creed, colour or sexual orientation.
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Why Schools Don't Need Sex Ed

As the product of private, religious schools that didn't offer classes in sexual education, I can tell you with some degree of assurance that young men do not necessarily need to be taught about sex in school -- they do just fine figuring it out for themselves. I'll go a step further: any young male or female with even the slightest modicum of common sense should instinctively comprehend the many values of practicing sex safely.

Catholic School Boards Shy Away from the "G-Word"

The Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association rejected Dalton McGuinty's proposal to create a gay-straight alliance in schools. Instead, it has created a Catholic version, "Respecting Differences" groups, outlined in a 12-page report that doesn't once mention the forbidden word (gay, shhh!).