PETERBOROUGH, Ontario, June 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) — Concerned Parents of Peterborough met again June 19 outside of MPP Jeff Leal’s office to protest the proposed changes to Ontario’s sex-ed curriculum.
The group’s numbers have continued to rise and the number of protestors has more than doubled since last month’s protest. The group met during regular business hours and still managed to draw 46 members. Protestors displayed placards that read, “Parents are first educators, not politicians!”, “Let Kids be Kids!” and “Teaching consent, did you get ours?”
This new group is not alone in their concerns over the Liberals’ new sex-ed curriculum, which will be released in the fall. There have been three protests at Queen’s Park where thousands of people gathered to voice their concerns to politicians. There have also been protests in Sarnia, Windsor, and London.
“Politicians and the media are trying to ignore concerns and downplay the vast number of parents opposed to this curriculum,” said Laura Van Bakel, director of Concerned Parents of Peterborough. “However, they will be disappointed if they think we will stop fighting. We are determined to get this sex-ed agenda out of our schools regardless of how long it may take.”
Protesters from last month had the following to say:
“I am a teacher and I attended the last demonstration in Peterborough. Do I believe that every aspect of the new curriculum is problematic? Absolutely not. However, I do believe that many aspects of the new curriculum violate a parent's right to choose how/when/if their child is educated concerning certain delicate matters. This is an infringement on family values. I'm glad that I attended the last demonstration because I believe that this right should be preserved for families in Ontario.” — C. Anne
“While I agree that some form of sexual education is necessary in the school system, I strongly believe that this new curriculum will do more harm than good to my children and the children of future generations. Explicit material is introduced to impressionable children too early, while the expression of sexuality in the context of healthy loving relationships is completely ignored. I am seriously considering not enrolling my children in public school if this particular curriculum is in place.” — Shenton Taylor