It is crazy that this is something parents even need to fight for.
How far have we gotten as a society from properly raising our children if they’re able to just be carted off to public school and indoctrinated with whatever ideology the public school system has to offer, without even informing parents?
When children grow up, their life is their own responsibility. But as long as they are in their parents’ household, and are being properly fed, clothed, housed, with no physical or substance abuse, parents ought to have full authority over everything from what their child wears to the groups they join in school, and everything in between.
But apparently, in the Canadian province of Alberta, parents have to organize and fight for the right to have a say in what groups their children join at school including the Gay-Straight Alliance.
Of course, the kind of “privacy” awarded Canadian schoolchildren, as is often the case in the US, in the name of “anti-bullying,” the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom explains:
When a government seeks to remove from parents their natural right to choose the kind of education to be given to their own children, government knows it needs an extra-compelling “poster child” to justify violating this freedom. And what better “poster child” than the prevention and eradication of bullying?
It is under this guise that Bill 10, the law that has been in place since 2015, justifies forcing all schools to host GSAs, with or without the consent of children’s parents.
By imposing ideological clubs and activities on every school, Bill 10 removes the right of parents to have a meaningful say about the culture, character and learning environment of the schools that their children attend. Principals no longer have the authority to work with parents and teachers to develop what they see as the best ways to address bullying. Instead, principals are legally obligated to help establish an ideological club, or to help facilitate an “activity”, if one or more students so demand. The Alberta Government has stated that parents will not be notified if their children attend a club, or participate in an activity, that is contrary to morals taught at home.
This is a clear violation of Canadian constitutional rights, they argue:
As a top-down, one-size-fits-all requirement, Bill 10 disrespect parents and their legal right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children. This right is particularly important for the parents of a child who struggles with gender identity, or who feels confused about sexual orientation.
Parents maintain a God-given right, and more importantly, responsibility, whether an earthly government recognizes it or not, to decide what is best for their own children and to raise them according to biblical standards.
Please pray for these parents as they fight against this tyrannical bill! To find out more information, please visit the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom‘s homepage.