Parents in Ontario, Canada apparently have no right to learn
what their children are being taught about homosexuality.
A situation occurred in Hamilton, Ontario during a
recent assembly led by the Gay-Straight Alliance -- an event
which is required in the schools. Laura Wolfson, who identified
herself as a lesbian and youth worship leader at a synagogue, was
the guest speaker.
"This lady came into
the school and spoke against Catholic teaching and spoke against
Judeo-Christian beliefs around the issue of homosexuality," reports
Dave Quist of the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada. "The
very surprising thing is even though she was in a public school,
taxpayer funded, when requests were made to see her speech, all
efforts to do that were rebuffed."
Parents were repeatedly refused access, and the information and
privacy commissioner recently upheld the decision to keep it under
lock and key.
But such action regarding topics like the environment,
homosexuality and other moral issues are not just a problem in
"People are being seen as experts on a particular issue, brought
in to speak, and parents are either not notified or legally not
able to take their children out of class during that particular
time," Quist explains. "It is an issue that is going before the
courts in the next while, but it is a sad statement on freedom of
choice for parents in the education system right now."
This case involves a parent who is asking to be notified about
what types of sex education are being taught and when it is taking
place. The school system has refused to disclose that information
and will not allow him to take his child out of the class.
Some conservative political pundits are surprised, if not
pleased, that Ann Romney is criticizing teachers
unions for standing in the way of education reform.