Peter Baklinski

Ontario teacher exposes what parents don’t know is happening in Catholic schools

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Peter Baklinski

April 2, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A teacher substituting in numerous Ontario Catholic schools over the last decade says parents have little to no idea about what their children are actually exposed to when they send them packing off to school every day.

“I often see things that aren't appropriate or even remotely reflective of solid Catholic teachings,” the teacher told LifeSiteNews under condition of anonymity. “There are many situations I come into contact with while supplying in 10 different Catholic schools and some of them are pretty anti-Catholic and discouraging.”

The substitute teacher related a few incidents.

One included a grade 10 religion teacher telling students that the Blessed Mother was not a virgin and had other children. “When challenged on this, the teacher claimed that it was right from the Catechism of the Church — he just couldn't put his finger on it — and that he had been teaching this for over 20 years.”

“How sad. How many of our youth had he already led astray? This teacher also informed me that in the past, a couple of other parents had confronted him about this ‘virgin-thing’ but that he had ‘straightened them out,’” the substitute teacher said.

Another incident involved a grade 9 health teacher who supplied a list of "great and helpful websites" for young people with abortion provider Planned Parenthood topping the list.

One disturbing incident had a rather happy ending. The teacher said:

This beautiful little girl from a Kindergarten class where I was supply teaching, came to me in tears to report that her male classmate was calling her bad names that she didn't like and he wouldn't stop. He was repeatedly chanting ‘sexy lady’ to her.

The substitute took the boy aside to explain “this was not a nice thing to say,” but did not ask him where he had picked up the phrase.

Prior to lunch that same day, a teaching assistant entered the room to begin the children’s exercise program, turning on some loud music with a fast dance beat for the children.

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“A few minutes into the music the words ‘you sexy lady’ came through loud and clear,” the substitute said.

The substitute immediately clicked the music off, which upset most of the children. But the substitute soon had the kids laughing as they sang Old MacDonald's Farm imitating animal actions.

When the substitute later asked the assistant about the choice of ‘sexy lady,’ the assistant responded that the classroom teacher had been using it for months and that it was one of the children’s favorites.

About a month later, the substitute was teaching in a Grade 3/4 class in the same school. Extreme cold temperatures kept the children inside during recess. Loud dance music was blasted over the PA system to give the children a beat to exercise to.

“I was so disappointed to hear ‘sexy lady’ resounding through the halls and classrooms and to see some children dancing rather suggestively to it.”   

“After recess, I asked the children if there were any songs which were inappropriate. Both the girls and boys had no problem recognizing what song it was but the comments were: ‘I don't want to say the bad words. ‘I’m too embarrassed to say it because they aren't nice words.’ ‘My parents wouldn't let me listen to that song at home.’ ‘I’m not allowed to use that word.’”

“I asked them what could be done about this. They said that maybe I could talk to the people who chose the music. They expressed that they would feel better if that song was never played again at school.”

“This was a lovely class. The children possessed such innocence and sweetness. ‘Out of the mouth of babes’ was all I could think.”

The substitute decided to bring the children’s request to the principal where the substitute expected to encounter “disinterest or excuses.”

“I was ready for the principal to inform me (as I have been often told before) that ‘we live in the real world and can't hide behind Catholicism, that the Catholic environment of the school is the best place for the children to be exposed to these negative but prevalent evils in our society, etc.’”

The substitute was surprised when the principal agreed that the music was inappropriate and would not be played in the school again.

“It all comes down to people who should know better (parents, teachers, etc.) robbing children of their innocence and exposing them to things that even adults should not be exposed to. What are they thinking? Well, obviously, they are not.... and that’s where a lot of problems begin.”

“Yes, we are ‘in a battle’ not only in our society but, unfortunately, in our Catholic schools. What I find disturbing about the schools, however, is that because they operate under a guise of being ‘Catholic,’ many parents are unsuspecting or just indifferent.”

The teacher said that there are “positive things” in Catholic schools such as a “Rosary Club” and a “Stations of the Cross activity,” but “one has to be vigilant.”

“The heresies I have encountered aren't always blatant.”

In the end, the substitute teacher says, schools will only be as ‘Catholic’ as the Catholics running them.

“I believe that a big part of the problem is that many teachers do not know the treasures and teachings of our faith and/or are not practicing Catholics. Catholic education is really only as Catholic as those who are right there with the students teaching them day after day.”

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Catholic school removes alumna’s photo after she endorses abortion in bid for governor

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A Rhode Island Catholic school has removed the photo of an alumna from its halls after she endorsed abortion in her campaign for governor.

LaSalle Academy of Providence took alumna Gina Raimondo’s photo down from the school’s Wall of Notables last week after she publicly stated she does not support the Church’s teaching on life and would work to support abortion.

"You know the Catholic Church has a clear position, and I have a clear position,” the state general treasurer said, according to ABC. “And I am clearly pro–choice and as I've said, I as Governor, support the decision in Roe v. Wade."

Rhode Island Bishop Thomas Tobin responded the same day in statement on his Facebook page.

“It is always disappointing when a Catholic candidate for political office abandons the teaching of the Church on the dignity of human life for the sake of self-serving political gain,” he said. Such actions demonstrate an inexcusable lack of moral courage.”

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“Pope Francis has explained how evil abortion really is, that every aborted child bears the face of Jesus Christ,” he continued. “Similarly, I wish to remind Catholics of the Diocese of Providence, in the clearest terms possible: Abortion is a sin, and those who provide it, promote it and support it will be held accountable by Almighty God for the unjust death of unborn children.”

Raimondo, valedictorian of the 1989 class at LaSalle Academy, made her comments at Planned Parenthood’s Rhode Island PAC’s endorsement of her candidacy September 25. She said as well that she is “more pro-choice” than Republican candidate Allan Fung, and that she opposes the Hobby Lobby ruling in support of religious freedom for employers.

According to the Providence Journal, she also said she would oppose efforts to incorporate an option in the Rhode Island health insurance exchange that would exclude abortion or contraception. Raimondo also pledged to seek repeal of a 1997 Rhode Island law banning partial-birth abortion.

Drew Lagace, La Salle’s communications spokesman, told the Providence Journal the school took the photo down and didn’t want to elaborate. But he told the local NBC affiliate, “Her statements were very bold against the Church and the teachings of the Church.”

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Obama admin files first-ever lawsuits against employers who fired transgender workers

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The Obama administration 's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed two lawsuits against employers who fired transgender employees, claiming that the businesses violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act's prohibition of discrimination against women. Last Thursday's lawsuits are the first ever filed by EEOC over what they deem transgender employment bias.

The employment regulatory agency's Indianapolis office sued R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, located in the Detroit area, for firing “Amiee” Stephens, a funeral director who was born male and wished to perform funeral duties in female attire.

The EEOC's Miami office sued Lakeland Eye Clinic in Lakeland, Florida, for firing Michael Branson in June 2011. Branson's lawyer, Jillian Weiss, states his co-workers “snickered, rolled their eyes, and withdrew from social interactions with” Branson after he showed up at work a few months into the job in drag demanding to be called “Brandi.”

Obama officials say that firing transgender workers violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, because the employers allegedly fired transgender “women” who “did not conform to the employer's gender-based expectations, preferences, or stereotypes.”

However, that pivotal civil rights law does not mention transgender people nor homosexuals and recognizes neither as a protected minority group that is accorded special rights.

Nonetheless, the Obama administration contends that transgender males are actually women, so any employer who “discriminates” against them is guilty of discrimination on the basis of sex.

The EEOC wrote in its August 20 decision in Complainant v. Jeh Johnson that “While Title VII’s prohibition of discrimination does not explicitly include sexual orientation as a basis, Title VII prohibits sex discrimination, including sex- stereotyping discrimination and gender discrimination. The term ‘gender’ encompasses not only a person’s biological sex, but also the cultural and social aspects associated with masculinity and femininity.”

In other words, males who believe they are females really are females, and they are experiencing discrimination because they do not look like “other” women.

“Moreover, we have held that sex discrimination claims may intersect with claims of sexual orientation discrimination,” the EEOC continued.

EEOC General Counsel David Lopez told BuzzFeed that the Obama administration wants “to ensure employers aren’t considering irrelevant factors, like gender-based stereotypes or gender identity, in making employment decisions.” But business owners say the image projected by outside sales representatives, front office personnel, and other employees has a real impact on the customer's comfort and likelihood to do business with a company.

Mario Diaz, legal counsel of Concerned Women for America, told LifeSiteNews that the lawsuits are the latest push by the Obama administration to further the radical homosexual and transgender political agenda without persuading the American people first.

“The mainstreaming of transgenderism is a debate that is just beginning in our culture,” Diaz told LifeSiteNews. “The American people should debate the complex issues involved, and the legislatures should act based on the conclusions we reach as a society.”

“For the Obama administration to act unilaterally, once again, to force its conclusion about sexuality and morality on the nation is beyond reprehensible,” he said.

“Nevertheless, we can’t say we are surprised. This is why President Obama appointed celebrated homosexual activist Chai Feldblum to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission back in 2010, when we sounded the alarm about the implications of such an appointment.”

Homosexual activists were thrilled. Sarah Warbelow, legal director of the homosexual lobbying group Human Rights Campaign, called the lawsuits an “historic and a giant step” that “deserves immense praise.”

The new prosecutions are an attempt to implement a December 2012 Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) drawn up by Obama administration officials making "coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals under Title VII's sex discrimination provisions, as they may apply" as “a top Commission enforcement priority.”

And the Obama administration promises this is only the beginning. Robert E. Weisberg, regional lawyer for the EEOC's Miami district office, told Florida's Lakeland Ledger, "I sincerely hope that it serves as a teaching moment for the employer community on how the EEOC views the law and their intention to enforce the law — and for victims who might not have realized they have this type of relief available, to (encourage them to) come forward.”

He added that the “educational byproduct of a case like this can extend far beyond the parties in the lawsuit, which would be the real hope."

President Obama has worked like no other president to promote the redefinition of gender norms, from a biological reality to a malleable social construct.

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In late April, his administration stated that Title IX funding, intended to assist women pursue higher education, applies to transgender males, through the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development demanded that any renter who accepts Section 8 or HUD financing must rent their accommodations to homosexuals and transgender people.

In 2010, Obama named “Amanda” Simpson the Senior Technical Advisor to the Commerce Department, thought to be the first transgender presidential appointment.

Long before seeking the presidency, Barack Obama talked about aggressive federal action to promote social engineering in a 2001 interview on public radio. When conservative media outlets said this meant candidate Obama would use executive powers to promote his agenda in lieu of Congressional support, mainstream reporters such as the Associated Press and The Washington Post dismissed their claims.

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