The Alberta NDP has launched another attack at faith-based education in Alberta. The Ministry of Education is threatening several religious schools with defunding if they fail to strip their faith-messaging from their anti-bullying protocols.
The threat came from a deputy minister named Curtis Clark, in a memo now known as the “rainbow reprimand,” wherein he directed independent schools to remove references to God and biblical teaching from government mandated “welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments” policies.
One school was told that using the phrase “God created mankind as male and female equal in dignity and worth, yet with distinct and complementary roles,” was a violation of the School Act.
Yet another school was told their policy that explained “parents have been given the responsibility to raise their children and are the primary educators of their children. Therefore the school will involve parents as appropriate and necessary regarding their children's participation in school student groups and in accordance with the usual practices of notification,” was in contravention of Alberta law.
Clark also found fault with a policy that said “proposals for student clubs and activities will be evaluated according to their promotion of the values, principles, mission, and vision of the school.”
This is just the latest in a long list of attacks from the NDP on parents rights, private education and religious freedom.
Fortunately, parents have a watchdog that keeps their eyes on government encroachment into our families.
Joining me tonight to explain how the NDP is once again stomping on the family as the foundation of a free society is Donna Trimble from Parents for Choice in Education.