Saturday, nearly 5,000 Albertans rallied against Bill 10, the controversial law that mandates Gay Straight Alliances in schools if a single student asks for one.
The rally was organized back in November by Parents for Choice in Education (PCE). That organization brings together people from all faith groups, including Muslim and various Christian denominations, as well as people from secular backgrounds. PCE sees Bill 10 as an affront to both their Charter protected freedom of religion and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This declaration says that “parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that will be given to their children.”
Rally goers were evenly split in numbers between the Legislature in Edmonton and the McDougall Centre in Calgary. They are concerned that Bill 10 does not require school nor teachers to let parents know if their children are participating in a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) or if the child is struggling with a gender identity issue. Parents and even some teachers say this damages the relationship between parent and child and removes the family as the first and best support network for kids.
Watch my video to see what parents had to say and to see the bad behaviour of some of the LGBT counter protesters.
Everyone has the right to live their life however they want. If you want to be trans or gay my approval and agreement should not ever be required. Be who you want to be. And I hold the same view for religious people. They have a charter right to practice and enjoy the public expression of their religion, including religious education.
But whether you look at Bill 10 through a religious lens or not, it doesn't really matter.
Boiled down and distilled, the controversy over Bill 10 comes down to a fundamental disagreement about who directs the education of our children. Some LGBT activists and their allies insist children and the state should steer the education of our children. PCE and their supporters says that parents should be the ultimate arbiter.
Only one of these groups has the Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights on their side. It’s Parents for Choice in Education.