Saturday, January 9, 2010

Ontario Catholic schools could be forced to push homosexual agenda

In April 2009, the Ontario government launched an Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy that might force all school boards in the province, including the Catholic ones, to fight "homophobia" and ensure the absence of discrimination based on "sexual orientation".  The policy is to be fully implemented for the start of the next school year in September 2010.  Read about it here and here.  

I can't say that I'm surprised given the McGuinty government has pushed many policies that contradict the Church's teaching on family values.  It's still too early to tell exactly where this is going, but we've certainly seen this game before.  The incremental approach is all too familiar. If this strategy is implemented in its current form, it will likely force Catholic schools to teach that homosexuality is a legitimate lifestyle choice, allow students to hold a "Pride Week" and create homosexual student clubs, not to mention the open acceptance of teachers living an active homosexual lifestyle. 

Nobody in the Catholic Church endorses authentic discrimination against homosexuals.  Like every other human being, homosexuals deserve complete respect and love.  Bigotry, insults and violence against homosexuals are completely out of the question. But as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith so eloquently pointed out, "Sexual orientation' does not constitute a quality comparable to race, ethnic background, etc. in respect to non-discrimination. Unlike these, homosexual orientation is an objective disorder and evokes moral concern.” 

I believe that there is still time for Ontarians to fight this proposal between now and September.  Let us pray that clergy and laity will join forces to oppose any intrusion that would force Ontario Catholic schools to act in contradiction to our values.  Contact your MPP to voice your views.  Otherwise, the little bit of Catholicism that is still left in our diluted schools will be lost.