|1950s sex education film, Secrets of Life. (source)|
It came after Emily Dawson and her mother Kathy filed a human rights complaint against her high school for bringing in a education workshop from the Edmonton Pregnancy Care Centre.
There is a page in this site for churches who want the centre to present to their congregation. This is where organizations like the Pregnancy Centre should speak -- if they must --- not in a public school.
Provide us the opportunity to speak to your congregation – there are probably many individuals sitting in the pews that need a safe place to go and talk about their current or past situation in regards to an unexpected pregnancy or abortion. Many times after a presentation we are presented with the comment, “I had no idea that you did all this and that you are a Christian organization.”Although blatantly obvious to many, the rest of the site doesn't exactly scream Christian. I get the feeling it's all sort of covert and on the downlow to buy the organization cred. After some digging though, you get to the juicier stuff. Here's the guiding principles they were presumably going into McNally High School with last year.
- Directed by Christ, we trust Him to accomplish His work through us.
- In this spiritual battle, we must be armed; covered in prayer, ready, faithful, and skillful.
- We are a client-focused organization that respects and values our clients, demonstrating in practical ways, the love of Christ to individuals.
- While we believe in the sanctity of human life, we hold that our clients are free to make their decisions.
- All supporters, including staff, volunteers and donors are vital to our ministry.
Their ministry, indeed.
“While we have a faith background, the religious part does not come up in the public school or education,” said Jutta Wittmeier, director of the Calgary centre.Oh no! Those Guiding Principles above just don't apply at all when they go into the public schools and say really Christ-like things like this:
“That’s just not part of the program, it’s science- and research-based.”
“She did a lot of slut-shaming to the women, and pointed out the guys as horn-dogs,” Emily says. “She really ridiculed single-parent families, she made it sound like they all give birth to juvenile delinquents.”I suppose we're all born fallen with our evil sin nature... or something. I mean, no -- nothing religious here, folks! Completely secular when in public schools.
Naturally, they left all their fundamentalist Christian objections to same-sex relationships at the door as well. Of course they did!:
One classmate, Emily claims, asked about same-sex relationships.Likewise, as mentioned above, it was all science- and research-based:
“All those questions were shut down right away. She just said, ‘We’re not here to discuss that.’ ”
The Dawsons’ complaints allege the presenter taught students that 60 per cent of boys carry the HPV sexually transmitted infection under their fingernails, that gonorrhea can kill you in three days, that girls should dress modestly to avoid inflaming boys. The allegations have not been proven.Well, I'm sure glad this is not happening for now. We'll have to see just what sort of group replaces this one over at the Edmonton School Board. They need watching because any board that would choose this group shouldn't be trusted to choose another. I wonder just how many other horrible sex ed classes exist here in Canada.
I can only hope this will act as motivation for other students and parents to step forward.