A 'sad statement' of parents' rights

Saturday, November 24, 2012
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

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.

Quist, Dave (Institute of Marriage and Family Canada)"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 Ontario.

"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.

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