September 29, 2016

Alberta’s sex-ed curriculum and “the human face of ‘no’”

David MacKenzieRebel Columnist

When Pastor Brian Coldwell, of the New Testament Baptist Church of Spruce Grove, Alberta, says “No”, he means it.  And I admire him for it.

“Yes-men” don’t get it. Indeed, political sycophants find such resolve offensive. But the difference between them and Brian Coldwell, is that the latter actually appreciates concrete principle— especially Biblical principle— more than the shifting sands of political pragmatism.

Brian knows there’s little to be gained, outside of eternity, for standing on Biblical principles. He’s aware that, at any point, things could go very badly for both him and the Christian schools with which his congregation is associated.

Pastor Coldwell knows that the NDP are ideologically driven— that they are highly influenced by Kris Wells and the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies at the University of Alberta. He also knows that the NDP’s own penchant for sexual progressivism is hardly a partisan issue.

He remembers it was the Progressive-Conservative passage of Bill 10 in March, 2015 (under the watch of the evangelical Gordon Dirks as Education Minister) that is most directly responsible for the difficulties his Christian schools now face.

He also knows it was a unanimous vote in the Legislature — “conservative” opposition Wildrose members included — that entrenched transgenderism as a protected class in Alberta, in December of 2015. This only managed to complicate moral matters further.

The present political trend, then, seems obvious. 

To use a Biblical image, Brian Coldwell sees “the writing on the wall”. To make matters worse, there’s no real upside to his conscientious resistance and objection, unless— unless— truth might actually be at stake.

Truth, after all, is precisely why we protect freedom.

We protect freedom of speech, not because every profane foghorn or cultural blowhard has a valid point, but rather because truth (when finally spoken) has the capacity, in necessity, to offend power.

In other words, in the name of freedom, we tolerate the liar in the hope that, at least, the honest herald will have political room to maneuver. We live with the scoundrel’s words in order to protect the prophet’s— that humility might still be injectable into social life.

Likewise, we protect the public practice of religion, even when it is unfashionable, not because we must believe one or any religion, but because public religion occasionally contains a culturally necessary perspective, free from the machinations of government.

This is why Christian ideas, like those of Pastor Brian Coldwell, are so routinely politically incorrect. They are ideas from another realm, and a competing regime, altogether.

And this other realm, to sharpen the knife, doesn’t respect our “sexual revolution”. This regime’s principles have become so alien to us, in fact, that society— including government— now responds to this Kingdom’s messengers with both covert and overt hostility. We want to kill our prophets. I suppose we always have.

Nevertheless, this heavenly Realm rejects our permissive culture. This other-worldly administration would remind us that the spirit is always contrary to the flesh. Like it or not, this regime neither endorses our moral confusion, nor our cowardly conformity. It never advocates for divorce; it never endorses our abortion-cult. It rejects our sleazy hook-up culture, our addiction to voyeurism, our phoney serial monogamy, and our penchant for adulterous glances and actions. This same realm neither respects the Marquis De Sade, nor the sad Dr. Alfred Kinsey. 

These people were deluded. We’re deluded.  

Thus, to sit inside New Testament Baptist Church on a Sunday morning, as I have, is to realize that entire worlds are colliding. The contrast couldn’t be more evident if David sat next to Goliath. 

Inside that small sanctuary, the music is simple; the Biblical message, pious and forthright. The people are humble and observably conservative— some might say terribly quaint. The women and girls tend to be in dresses, the men in their best. Even some of the boys look to be wearing their first jackets. In all, it neither feels sophisticated in a cosmopolitan sense, nor does it strike one as the hub of a suave intelligentsia that is deliberately dangerous to the social order.

Attending NTBC is no waltz down Wall Street. It’s certainly not a trip to Vegas. It has neither the panache of a sexual think-tank, nor the pomp of a Legislative assembly.

Yet, what Pastor Coldwell’s church does appear to have is an equal measure of both courage and simple Biblical conviction— remarkably subversive things according to social progressives. For these two traits, when properly combined, can give Christian living some rather tenacious qualities— the capacity to say “yes” when others doubt; the strength to say “no” when others surrender.

And conservatives need to say “no” to the sexual revolution as it now defines itself. This revolution needs to die. Thoroughly debauched, whatever noble ground it once occupied looks little better than the mud of a tawdry and whorish circus. Its research is self-serving, and its net results toxic to family and culture. In fact, the corruption it represents, in sum, likely constitutes the single largest internal threat to Western society.

Hence, I want to encourage the Brian Coldwells of this world— anyone, in fact, who can still say “no” to the libertine agendas underneath “Comprehensive Sex Education”; to legislation that forces Christian Schools to go against their institution’s beliefs; to societies that wish to force Christian law schools to adopt secular codes of conduct; to Medical colleges that demand Christian health workers, or institutions, participate in abortion or euthanasia.

The answer to all of these trends is a resounding “no”.

And neither will we retreat from the public application of our skill sets— not while there is still a government in Canada that believes in justice and freedom.

(PS: SIGN the Rebel's petition against the Alberta NDP's radical school rules.)

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commented 2016-10-17 20:17:11 -0400
Just an excellent article on the conflict and struggles between the kingdom of God and the kingdoms of this world. Well written.
commented 2016-10-10 10:31:19 -0400
Are there any Muslim schools in Alberta and if so are they being forced to teach the same agenda?
commented 2016-10-01 18:35:39 -0400
How many independent schools in Alberta?
Let me help….about 160.
How many students affected?
Well that will be close to 12,000.
There you have it.
Out of 160 schools in Alberta there is one headmaster (of 2 schools) who has the courage to stand firm on true Christian principles and values.
Except for Brian Coldwell, all other (so called) Christian school leaders have decided, the risk of losing their government grants, out-weighs the importance of Christian education for their students and families. It shows they were not truly committed to Christian principles and education. They only intended to provide Christian education, until the rubber met the road. Shameful.
The line between Private Christian school education and Public Education was pretty clear at one time. There is no longer much distinction.
Stay with it Brian Coldwell. We support you.
commented 2016-10-01 02:50:54 -0400
You nailed it Liza.. That is the only way to fix the problem within our schools and their administrators and administration’s…
We should not allow the state to dictate curriculum that is the wisdom of the parents choice.
commented 2016-09-30 22:23:38 -0400
Local school boards elected by the community and answerable to the community should develop curriculum, without interference from unions, or provincial or federal policy. That’s how it was originally in Canada. That way parents can have some control over what their children are being taught or not taught and a provincial, federal or global agenda can’t have a chance of taking hold.
commented 2016-09-30 22:13:15 -0400
" This revolution needs to die. Thoroughly debauched, whatever noble ground it once occupied looks little better than the mud of a tawdry and whorish circus. Its research is self-serving, and its net results toxic to family and culture."

Sex ed is a weapon used against us by Marxists with an agenda of destroy and rebuild. We should not allow the state to dictate curriculum.
commented 2016-09-29 18:22:07 -0400
They are mocking God by saying there are multiple genders. Parents need to keep their children home, at whatever cost.
commented 2016-09-29 17:05:05 -0400
I am not a christian in any way shape or form but they should be left to live by their code without governmental interference other than enforcement of the criminal code.
commented 2016-09-29 16:14:49 -0400
I agree with the shutting down of the perverted sex ed for children. It’s unreal what these liberal pedophile/pornographic pushers are trying to force into the minds of small children to accept and more or less agree with, when they have no real clue what all this is going to do to a young child’s innocent mind now or when they grow up. It’s a dangerous sexual experiment based on convicted pedophiles like Ben Levin and perverts like Kinsey, the pig with the sexual experimentation from the 50’s and 60’s (I think). And the entire liberal government stands behind all of this debauchery. They can’t even keep the destruction of a child’s innocence out of their vomitus destructive agenda on Canada. This sex ed needs to be criminalized and the instigators of it should be rotting in jail.
commented 2016-09-29 16:07:09 -0400
Sodom and Gomorrah all over again. To make a blanket statement that all progressives are pedophiles would be wrong, however those that are in favour of subjecting young children to this type of sex Ed. are after all accessories in the crime.

Now is not the time to turn the other cheek. Now is the time to turn plough shears into swords .

When you look at the terrible state we are in today, what we should be spending our time and resources on to advance our civilization, and yet watch it destroyed by feudalism under the guise of political correctness and the misguided hand of progressiveness.