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Analysis: False Gospel of ‘Equity’ Lures Ontario Catholic School Boards

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TORONTO, Ontario, June 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Many parents are raising serious concerns about what they see as the ready willingness of far too many Catholic School Boards across Ontario to get into bed with the heavy-handed, often dangerous ideologies of the Ministry of Education’s “Equity and Inclusivity” initiatives.

One of the first major waves of these initiatives was seen in the Ministry of Education’s recent attempt to introduce a controversial new “Health and Physical Education” curriculum into grades K-8, by September 2010.  This curriculum was drawn up from the recommendations of the ministry’s “strategy” document, also known as PP119, in which all school boards, including Catholic, would be mandated to present a plan to implement the “Equity and Inclusivity” doctrine.  It was only after a backlash from many sectors that Premier Dalton McGuinty decided to shelve the problematic document that was supported by a myriad of homosexual lobby groups.

Despite opposition from parents, Church and other religious leaders across Ontario, some Catholic school boards were ready to accept “carte blanche” the equity "health" curriculum.  Linda Staudt, a superintendant for the Windsor/Essex Catholic District School Board, was said to have "praised the contents of the proposed curriculum," according to the Windsor Star.  Staudt stated that "the entire document really does an excellent job in promoting healthy, active living ... the family life component is just part of it."  Amazing comments coming from a superintendant of Catholic education: the family life component encouraged the normality of masturbation and anal sex, and put the homosexualist lifestyle at par with traditional marriage. 

Interestingly, Staudt was joined by two trustees of her board in attending the ministry’s Equity Symposium in Toronto this month.  No doubt she will be formative in establishing the final “equity” policy for the board, the draft for which they are currently requesting feedback.

What many parents are not aware of is that even though the “Health” curriculum was pulled, the “Equity and Inclusivity Initiatives” for all three school boards are going ahead full throttle.  Boards are expected to bring completion to their draft policies by September of 2010.  This policy is to be accountable, transparent and must meet the politically correct ethos of “equity and inclusivity” as envisioned by the former Minister of Education, Kathleen Wynne, who is openly homosexual and who piloted the whole “Equity” initiative.

Recently, the Ministry of Education, through the Ontario Education Services Corporation, invited representatives from every school board across Ontario to attend a symposium in Toronto on June 17, 2010.  This symposium was stacked with representatives from the controversial Ontario Human Rights Commission, the O.E.S.C. and other groups that support the homosexualist manifesto.  
          
The ministry held workshops with charismatic guest speakers such as Chris D’Souza, to “educate” and “help” boards enforce their plan.  Among other stipulations, the plan requires boards to recognize sexual orientation as grounds for non-discrimination, “regardless of their moral traditions and religious principles on the subject,” as explained in recent LSN articles.

Translation: The Ontario Government under Dalton McGuinty, Leona Dombrowsky, the current Minister of Education, and Chris D’Souza’s aggressive homosexualist lobby advocates from AMENO and Harmony know what’s best for Ontario families and our children!  If you have a problem with your “heterosexist” and “homophobic” views, using the vernacular of the “Equity” revolutionaries, they will be more than happy to “unlearn” you - a nifty t-shirt slogan often seen on D’Souza, during his hundreds of seminars and workshops presented to school boards, Catholic included, across Ontario.  “Even homophobia needs to be addressed, regardless of what Catholics believe about the sexual orientation,” said D’Souza, the chair of both the Equity Summit Group and the Antiracist Multicultural Education Network of Ontario, according to Niagarathisweek.com.

D’Souza, the former Equity and Diversity Officer of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board, energetically sells McGuinty’s golden equity calf, piggy-backing the controversial pro-homosexualist doctrine on the important issues of anti-bullying and anti-racism within the schools.  Anyone, teacher, student or parent, who speaks out against this multi-faceted sex agenda or the Ministry of Education’s “strategy” is immediately tarred with the images of racists and bigots, and shut down with smear tactics all too familiar in the anti-life abortion movement.  Once you start to peel away at the thin veneer of politically correct ethics, you begin to behold a much more sinister truth behind the homosexualist Trojan horse, slowly working its way into our children’s classrooms.

At the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s website, occdsb.on.ca, there is a link under the tab Equity and Inclusivity Education Strategy, that sources one of D’Souza’s Power Point Presentations.  In it, he states that every educator has a “moral obligation to engage in politically correct and inclusive language in every conversation you are part of.”  He then lists the potential realms of marginalization that we are all called to build special rights for, in our Catholic, French and public school boards, and every aspect of society.  Those “marginalized” people include but are not limited to “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, Transgendered, Two-Spirited, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual and Ally.” 

Given D’Souza’s clear acceptance of very un-Catholic positions on human sexuality, (see the Catechism of the Catholic Church, art. 2331-2400), one might ask why so many Catholic School Board leaders are bringing him in to form the minds and consciences of students and staff. Are the Gospel values of the dignity of every human person and the practice of authentic social justice, as taught in Scripture, social encyclicals and the writings of the saints, not enough?  Are we to replace the glorious deposit of Faith, built on the shoulders of giants with the shallow ethos of equity?

D’Souza states, as quoted in Niagarathisweek.com that “the Jesus Christ I follow is one where every child feels welcomed.”  The real question that parents should be asking Chris D’Souza, and indeed the Senior Administrators and Trustees of their school boards, especially Catholic, is whether or not we are to welcome and promote all ideologies in the classroom.  Is there such a thing as absolute inclusion or equity?  Or are we to decide what should be included based upon whether it is grounded in truth, goodness, natural law and the common good of all people involved? 

The Catholic School system’s response to this question ought to be crystal clear!  It is not what Jesus Christ Chris D’Souza follows that should be our concern, but rather the true Jesus of the Gospels who both loves the sinner and hates the sin; the Lord who told Mary, the adulteress, that she was forgiven but to go and sin no more.  It is that same Christ who said to "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves” (Matthew 7:15).  Though D’Souza has a lot of good messages in his presentations, it the hidden leaven within that ultimately spoils the whole loaf in the bread of life of the Catholic Separate School System.

Today’s homosexualist movement that is being sold wholesale by mega media networks and lauded by countless celebrities, is not at all about tolerance or to simply “live and let live.” This movement is completely intolerant, inequitable and un-inclusive of any person or institution that does not put on the pink shirt of homosexualist pride and welcome this counter-Christian indoctrination with open arms. This movement is an aggressive, radical propagandist machine, decades in the making, that is forcing its agenda into the sanctity of everyone’s home, into the youngest of children’s classrooms and now even into your Church, Synagogue and Mosque. 

Make no mistake, this is a culture war, and the hearts and minds of our children are at the very center of the battlefield. 

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July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Motivated by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing homosexual “marriage,” a Montana polygamist has filed for a second marriage license, so he can be legally wed to two women at once.

"It's about marriage equality," said Nathan Collier, using homosexual advocates’ term to support marriage redefinition. "You can't have this without polygamy."

Collier, who has has appeared on the TLC reality show Sister Wives with his legal wife Victoria, and his second wife Christine, said he was inspired by the dissent in the Supreme Court decision.

The minority Supreme Court justices said in Friday’s ruling it would open the door to both polygamy and religious persecution.

“It is striking how much of the majority’s reasoning would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts.

Collier and his wives applied for a second marriage license earlier this week at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings, a report from the Salt Lake Tribune said.

Collier, who was excommunicated from the Mormon Church for polygamy, married Victoria in 2000 and had a religious wedding ceremony with Christine in 2007. The three have seven children between them and from previous relationships.

"My second wife Christine, who I'm not legally married to, she's put up with my crap for a lot of years. She deserves legitimacy," Collier said.

Yellowstone County officials initially denied the application before saying they would consult with the County Attorney and get him a final answer.

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Bigamy, the holding of multiple marriage licenses, is illegal all 50 states, but Collier plans to sue if his application is denied. Officials expect to have an answer for him next week.

While homosexual “marriage” supporters have long insisted legalization of same-sex unions would not lead to polygamy, pro-life and family advocates have warned all along it would be inevitable with the redefinition of marriage.

“The next court cases coming will push for polygamy, as Chief Justice John Roberts acknowledged in his dissent,” said Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, after the Supreme Court ruling. “The chief justice said “the argument for polygamy is actually stronger than that for ‘gay marriage.’ It’s only a matter of time.”

In a piece from the Washington Times, LifeSiteNews Editor-in-Chief and the co-founder of Voice of the Family John-Henry Westen stated the move toward legal polygamy is “just the next step in unraveling how Americans view marriage.”

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TRENTON, NJ, July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Chris Christie is not known for nuance. This time, he has turned his fiery personality loose on county clerks and other officials who have religious objections to performing same-sex “marriages.”

In a tone usually reserved for busting teachers' unions, Christie told clerks who hold traditional values, “You took the job, and you took the oath.” He would offer no exemption for an individual whose conscience would not allow him to participate in a union the vast majority of the world's religions deem sinful.

“When you go back and re-read the oath it doesn’t give you an out. You have to do it,” he said.

He told a reporter that there “might” be “individual circumstances” that “merit some examination, but none that come immediately to mind for me.”

“I think for folks who are in the government world, they kind of have to do their job, whether you agree with the law or you don’t,” the pugnacious governor said.

Since the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to legalize homosexual “marriage” last Friday, elected officials have grappled with how to safeguard the rights of those who have deeply held religious beliefs that would not allow them to participate in such a ceremony.

Christie's response differs markedly from other GOP hopefuls' responses to the Supreme Court ruling. Mike Huckabee, for instance, has specifically said that clerks should have conscience rights. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed an executive order granting such rights and ordered clerks to wait until a pending court case was fully adjudicated before any clerk issues a marriage license to a homosexual couple.

Christie gave up a legal appeal after a superior court judge struck down his state's voter-approved constitutional marriage protection amendment. New Jersey is the only state where such a low court overturned the will of the voters.

The decision to ignore conscience rights adds to the growing number of Christie's positions that give conservatives pause.

The natural locus of support for a Christie 2016 presidential run is the Republican's socially liberal donor class, for personal as well as political reasons. His wife works on Wall Street, and some of the GOP's high-dollar donors – including Paul Singer – have courted Christie for years.

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Christie also used language during a speech before the Republican Jewish Coalition last year, which concerned some major GOP donors.

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LINO LAKE, MN, July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – For most people, having five biological children would have been enough. In fact, for many Americans, large families are treated as a scandal or a burden.

But one family made the decision, not just to have a large family, but to give a home to some of the most vulnerable children in the world: Girls born overseas with Down syndrome.

Lee and Karen Shervheim love all seven of their children, biological or otherwise. Undeterred by having twin boys – Daniel and Andrew, 18 – they had Sam four years later.

They now have three daughters who are all 11 years old. All three have Down syndrome.

And two of them are adopted.

About the time their eight-year-old son, David, was born, Lee and Karen decided to adopt a child with Down syndrome to be a companion to their daughter, Annie.

They made the further unexpected choice to adopt a child from Eastern Europe with the help of Reece's Rainbow, which helps parents adopt children with Down syndrome.

“Between my wife and I, we couldn’t get it out of our heads,” Lee told the Quad City Press. “So many children need families and we knew we could potentially do something about it.”

After originally deciding to adopt Katie, they spent six weeks in Kiev, visiting an orphanage in nearby Kharkov. While there, they decided they may have room in their heart, and their home, for another child.

When they saw a picture of Emie striking the same pose as their biological daughter in one of their photographs, they knew they would come home with two children.

Both girls were the same age as their Annie. She would not lack for companionship, as they worried.

Lee said after the Ukrainian government – finally – completed the paperwork, they returned to the United States, when the real challenges began.

“The unvarnished truth,” Lee told the Press, is that adopting the Russian-speaking special needs children “was really disruptive to our family. They came with so many issues that we had not anticipated.”

After teaching them sign language and appropriate behavior, they moved to Lino Lake, Minnesota and found a new support group in Eagle Brook Church. There they found personal assistance and spiritual solace.

Every year in the past seven years has been better and better, they say.

“I think my girls can do almost anything they want to do,” he said, “and that’s what I want to help them become.”

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It takes a special person to believe in the potential of the “mentally retarded,” as they were once labeled. Today, 90 percent of all babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in the womb will be aborted. The percentage is higher in some countries. Some have even spoken of "a world without people with Down syndrome."

Their God, and their experience, tell them that every child has infinite worth and potential, Lee told local media, and he would encourage anyone to follow his footsteps and adopt a Down syndrome child – or two.

“The message is that it really doesn’t matter where you started or where you came from,” Lee said. “There are endless opportunities for everyone, whether they have disabilities or not. They deserve a shot.”

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