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Friday, January 7, 2011

This Space For Rant

  Ontario has implemented official policies that promote inclusion of all students, prohibiting discrimination based on gender, religion, race, and sexual orientation consistent with Canada's charter of Rights and Freedoms. As such, many schools have Gay-Straight Alliance clubs. But one school board is not on board, banning gay-positive groups entirely.

The Halton Catholic School Board has issued an edict banning Gay-Straight Alliance and similar groups because "they are not within the teachings of the Catholic Church", according to chair Alice Anne LeMay. When questioned, Ms. LeMay stated that publicly funded Catholic schools have the right to determine their own policies, stating that "we don't have Nazi groups either". The Halton board also cites church doctrine in not including discrimination based on gender in their inclusive education policy.

The problem I have with the Halton board is not their policy. I understand that the Catholic Church is an organized hate group, but what I don't understand is why our tax dollars are spent funding them. The Bible also mandates that those who aren't virgins are to be stoned to death along with those who swear at their parents and eat shellfish, but we don't permit public schools to execute students. It absolutely burns my ass that tax dollars are used to fund schools that teach kids that women are inferior and gays are Satan spawn. (I briefly went to a public Catholic school, I know what they teach kids.)When are we going to stop allowing some schools to violate the law based on adherence to a book of Middle-Eastern fairy tales? The Cathoplic Church in Canada is ridiculously wealthy; if their message is so important, shouldn't they fund schools themselves and leave taxpayers out of it?

I'm also curious as to why they don't allow Nazi clubs, considering the fact that the current Pope was a card-carrying fascist and Hitler proudly proclaimed his Catholicism. I guess the Halton Catholic School Board really does make up their own rules as they go.

Rant over.

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