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Parents overwhelmingly vote for school trustee opposed to ‘LGBT’ curriculum

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October 22, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – As “progressive” educators across Canada work to transform ordinary school curriculums into LGBTQI indoctrination courses, school trustee elections are suddenly taking on far more significance than the small-scale local affairs they once were. One that I have been watching very closely has been unfolding in my hometown, the city of Chilliwack, where school trustee Barry Neufeld has found himself to be a nearly nonstop target for opposing the ideology of gender fluidity in schools and highlighting the danger of these ideologies for children.

As I wrote last year, Neufeld has found himself smeared by all sorts of different people, each tripping over themselves in their haste to display their full support for those attempting to implement the SOGI [Sexual orientation and gender identity] 123 curriculum in BC schools. Three days before the election, Neufeld revealed that he has filed a civil suit for defamation against Glen Hansman, the president of the BC Teachers’ Federation. Hansman has spent much time speaking to the media and accusing Neufeld of being transphobic, hateful, and even that he “shouldn’t be allowed near students.” 

Hansman, meanwhile, has been promoting a curriculum that according to the SOGI promo video, wants to ensure that students are thoroughly indoctrinated during their time in government schools:

  • They are reading books on “transgender crayons,” who came from the factory with the wrong labels, to primary children.
  • One educator explains that introducing transgender characters in the “everyday curriculum” is important “so that it becomes normalized.”
  • It is stated outright that, “It is appropriate at all age levels to talk about sexual orientation and gender identity.”
  • Another teacher explained how to teach children to ask about the pronouns of other children, so that the newly invented transgender pronouns (which includes terms like “ze” and “zir”) can be used and normalized. It was suggested that these be implemented in English grammar lessons, which could also lead to discussions about “non-binary” people who claim to be neither male nor female.
  • One teacher urges educators “not to be afraid to start with the younger grades” in explaining that families don’t necessarily have to have a mom and a dad, but can come with two moms or two dads. Children are open when they are younger, she explained, and more susceptible to internalizing these things.
  • It highlights one teacher explaining to a classroom full of little children how some people are boys, some people are girls, some people are “a bit of both, and some people are neither.”
  • It shows a teacher singing a “The Rainbow Song” about being LGBT “allies” with the children.

Many Chilliwack residents have been pushing back and voicing support for Neufeld—several of them have told me over the past year that they view Neufeld as a canary in the coal mine, and that he is attracting the support of thousands of parents who oppose the introduction of radical sex education into the public school system. Neufeld led an anti-SOGI 123 slate that included candidates Darrell Furgason, Erma Vietorisz, and Kaethe Jones. The four even distributed fliers featuring their four faces and a promise to “protect [the] innocence” of children if elected. Candidate Heather Maahs also indicated support for Neufeld and expressed many points of contention with the SOGI 123 curriculum. 

The election on October 20 revealed an overwhelming win for Barry Neufeld, who accrued the second-largest number of votes at 8,993 (following Dan Coulter at 10,550.) Darrell Furgason also won a school trustee seat with 6,920 votes, and Heather Maahs secured her seat with 8,944 votes. Of the seven school trustee seats, three of them are now held by opponents of the SOGI 123 curriculum, despite a months-long smear campaign attempting to paint the representatives of thousands of Chilliwack parents as hateful bigots. It is a loud and clear repudiation of progressive attempts to force their views on local communities by smearing those who disagree with them.

Neufeld’s victory is extremely encouraging because it proves once again that the vast majority of Canadians do not find his views to be extreme. Quite the opposite—when actually introduced to the curriculum that men like Hansman want taught to their children, men like Neufeld actually gain support. Progressives may believe in the ideology of gender fluidity with all the fervor of religious faith, but most Canadians still find these things to be dubious, unproven, and dangerous. And as a result, Barry Neufeld has successfully weathered a firestorm of slander and been given a position as school trustee by Chilliwack parents.

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Jonathon van Maren

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.