Conservative Christian Group Wants To Opt Out of Sex Ed Classes
Has your school principal received a letter asking to be notified about curriculum content that could compromise a family's religious values? According to the letter, the questionable content could include the usual suspects of teaching sex education and tolerance towards LGBQT, but also may include such hot topics as evolution, wizardry, horoscopes and "environmental worship".
A stock letter is being promoted online by a Conservative Christian Group, PEACE (Public Education Advocates for Christian Equality). The website tells parents with concerns to give a copy of the letter to their school principal so they can get a heads up before topics that infringe on their beliefs arise in the classroom.
The letter was used by a Greek Orthodox father who is suing the Hamilton School Board for not notifying him when sexuality was being taught to his kids.
“I’m not an extremist, but I must ensure that my children abstain from certain activities that may include lessons which promote views contrary to our faith,” said dentist Peter Tourloukis in a Toronto Star article.
The letter seems to have quite a few issues over the -isms of the modern age: secularism, humanism, relativism and environmental stewardism. Seems that Mother Nature and Harry Potter are no-gos in Hamilton. I think the list of verboten topics speaks to their own black and white view of the world.
I embrace secularism and it's partner, science, and all the other -isms listed above. I want my kids to be educated about different faiths, different beliefs and different ways of living. I trust that the values we teach in our home are not going to be jeopardized by what goes on in the class.
The Star asked in a poll: Should public school students be allowed to opt out of class topics contrary to their faith? The results were 53 per cent 'No', and 46 percent 'Yes'.
What do you think? Should students be able to opt out of classes, even if it is science class? Should schools have to give a parents notice if certain topics are raised in class?
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