No love for ‘My Gay-straight Al­liance’ pro­gram

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Hate and bul­ly­ing is wrong, re­gard­less of the vic­tim. Sur­pris­ingly, the Con­ser­va­tive Dun­derdale gov­ern­ment has in­tro­duced in the My Gay-straight Al­liance school pro­gram. This will only add to the prob­lem of hate and bul­ly­ing by ne­glect­ing and tar­get­ing oth­ers.

Chris­tian­ity, like most faiths, teaches we must love all peo­ple but not nec­es­sar­ily ap­prove of all their ac­tions. Some of Christ’s clos­est friends were pros­ti­tutes and tax col­lec­tors, but He did not ap­plaud their sins. Christ loved them so much that He wanted them to be in full com­mu­nion with Him.

The Catholic Church, the orig­i­nal and univer­sal Chris­tian Church, teaches in the Cat­e­chism: “Bas­ing it­self on Sa­cred Scrip­ture ... tra­di­tion has al­ways de­clared that ho­mo­sex­ual acts are ... con­trary to the nat­u­ral law. ... The num­ber of men and women who have deepseated ho­mo­sex­ual ten­den­cies is not neg­li­gi­ble. They must be ac­cepted with re­spect, com­pas­sion, and sen­si­tiv­ity. Ev­ery sign of un­just dis­crim­i­na­tion in their re­gard should be avoided. These per­sons are called to ful­fill God’s will ...”

Other churches agree, such as the Sal­va­tion Army, which preaches in its Po­si­tional State­ment: “... bib­li­cal stan­dards calls for chastity out­side of het­ero­sex­ual mar­riage and faith­ful­ness within it. ... we are com­mit­ted to pro­claim­ing ... trans­for­ma­tion ...”

Although Chris­tians love all peo­ple, re­gard­less of their back­ground, we are of­ten hated and bul­lied by in­di­vid­u­als and gov­ern­ments alike. Churches are of­ten van­dal­ized. Lead­ers are mocked. In de­bate peo­ple are at­tacked for their pri­vate faith and not their public ar­gu­ments. Sea­sonal greet­ings are deemed un­men­tion­able. Be­liev­ers are looked at with puz­zle­ment. Rights to free­dom of speech and re­li­gion are ig­nored.

This dis­crim­i­na­tion of­ten re­sults from non-be­liev­ers or left-wing ac­tivists pur­posely mis­rep­re­sent­ing Chris­tian­ity. The My Gay-strait Al­liance pro­gram will fur­ther dis­sem­i­nate their pro­pa­ganda. Con­se­quently, Chris­tian chil­dren will face more ha­tred and bul­ly­ing. Un­just dis­crim­i­na­tion of ho­mo­sex­u­als is al­ready re­jected by so­ci­ety, how­ever; of­fenses against Chris­tians mostly go un­chal- lenged and will now be en­shrined in the school sys­tem.

Schools were de­formed with the prin­ci­ple that they should not be teach­ing moral­ity. The My Gay-straight Al­liance pro­gram is not fol­low­ing this prin­ci­ple as ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity is clearly a hot but­ton moral is­sue. The gov­ern­ment is tram­pling on par­ents’ rights to pro­tect their chil­dren from of­fen­sive pro­pa­ganda and state in­doc­tri­na­tion. Par­ents may have the op­tion to re­move their chil­dren from cer­tain of­fen­sive ac­tiv­i­ties or classes, but the pro­pa­ganda of the My Gay-straight Al­liance pro­gram, which falls out­side of the set cur­ricu­lum, would be un­avoid­able.

If the gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to run the My Gay-straight Al­liance pro­gram, it must im­ple­ment pro­grams to bet­ter ex­plain Chris­tian­ity and pre­vent an­tiChris­tian ha­tred and bul­ly­ing. In ad­di­tion, they should pro­vide fi­nan­cial sup­port to par­ents who choose not use public schools and home school or use pri­vate schools that ad­here to their philoso­phies. Pa­trick Han­lon,

St. John’s

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