Ontario gvmt to mandate gay-straight alliances
TORONTO, Ontario, December 1st, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - All of Ontario’s Catholic and public schools will be required to set up gay-straight alliances if students request them, Ontario’s education minister said Thursday as Dalton McGuinty’s Liberal government unveiled its new bill to crack down on homosexual bullying.
Education Minister Laurel Broten told Xtra that there is “no more debate” on gay-straight alliances. “If students want a GSA, it must be provided,” she said. “I’m confident our Catholic schools will work with students on this.”
“‘Gay-straight alliance’ is language and terminology we all understand and support. Students will call the groups what they want,” she added.
The move could set up a showdown with Ontario’s Catholic school system. While the bishops have agreed to set up the homosexual “anti-bullying” clubs previously mandated by McGuinty’s government, they drew a line in the sand over gay-straight alliances (GSAs).
Suresh Dominic of Campaign Life Catholics said the bill’s purpose is to “force Catholic schools to allow the celebration of homosexuality.”
“All fair-minded people believe that bullying, for any reason, must be stopped,” he said. “However, McGuinty’s bill is a charade. He’s not interested in preventing bullying. Rather, Bill 13 is about forcing Catholic schools to allow the celebration of homosexuality.
“McGuinty knows that Catholic schools have the constitutional right, which the courts would uphold, to reject his anti-family propaganda and is hoping his pressure tactics will prevent Catholics from asserting those rights.”
“That’s what’s going on here and it’s despicable that he uses the suicides of teenagers suffering with depression, to further his sexual revolution agenda,” he added.
During Question Period Wednesday, McGuinty himself told the legislature that GSAs will now be required, in response to a question by NDP leader Andrea Horwath.
“Yes, we’re going to require that, at every school where students request that this be put in place, they be permitted to organize themselves with a gay-straight alliance,” he said.
“It may not be that name that they use, but the important thing is we’re going to have that kind of supportive group there available in all our schools,” he added.
Following McGuinty’s comments, Broten told Xtra that it will not be sufficient to set up a “general equity group” and that students must be allowed to name the group whatever they want.
Bill 13, which the Liberals tabled Wednesday, aims to impose tougher consequences, including expulsion, for “bullying and hate-motivated actions.”
Though it treats bullying in general, the government has laid a clear emphasis on homosexuality-related bullying with McGuinty releasing yesterday a video as part of the “It Gets Better” homosexual campaign.
The bill would require schools to support students who want to “establish and lead … organizations with the name gay-straight alliance or another name.”
In January 2010, Ontario’s bishops stated that GSAs are not permitted in the Catholic schools because they “imply a self-identification with sexual orientation that is often premature among high school students.”
The campaign for GSAs in the Catholic schools began in January 2011 when homosexual activists targeted the Halton Catholic District School Board over a pro-family equity policy that sought to uphold Catholic teaching in the area of homosexuality, including a ban on GSAs. That policy was quickly overturned, but the incident led to the targeting of Catholic schools over their refusal to allow the groups.
GSA-advocates claim that the groups aim to provide ‘safe’ environments in schools for homosexual students.
But pro-family advocates have charged that the groups encourage the normalization and affirmation of the homosexual lifestyle, tying youth into a cross-continent network of homosexual activists who encourage them to self-identify as homosexual and then get them engaged in activism.
The anti-bullying strategy now heralded by McGuinty was devised in the 1990s as a way of reframing the effort to promote homosexuality by linking it to “universal values” such as “safety,” in the words of homosexual leader Kevin Jennings.
“This framing short-circuited [pro-family] arguments and left them back-pedalling from day one,” Jennings said in a 1995 speech. “[N]o one could speak up against our frame and say, ‘Why, yes, I do think students should kill themselves:’ This allowed us to set the terms for debate.”
Earlier this year, Queerty contributor Daniel Villarreal stated openly that the aim of such anti-bullying programs is to “recruit children.”
“Why would we push anti-bullying programs … unless we wanted to deliberately educate children to accept queer sexuality as normal?” he wrote. “Recruiting children? You bet we are.”
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