Skip to comments.Public board orders Christian school to stop reading ‘offensive’ Bible passages (Canada)
Posted on 06/16/2017 12:03:25 PM PDT by NYer
CAMROSE, Alberta, June 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A Canadian Christian school has been ordered by a public school board that it partners with to refrain from reading or studying “any scripture that could be considered offensive to particular individuals.” Included are passages from the New Testament that speak against fornication, adultery, idolatry, and witchcraft.
Cornerstone Christian Academy (CCA) in Kingman, Alberta, has been ordered by the Battle River School Division (BRSD) to refrain from reading or studying portions of the Bible that the board says might contravene Alberta’s human rights legislation.
The Christian school was incorporated in 1986 as a ministry of Cornerstone Evangelical Baptist Church. It belongs to the Association of Christian Schools International while also partnering with the BRSD. According to its website, parents in Camrose and nearby towns send their children to the Christian school because it integrates Bible study into the approved provincial curriculum. Formerly a private school, it joined the school division in 2009. It serves about 180 students.
In its vision statement, the school states that "students will have a good working knowledge of the Bible as a foundation to their education."
"Cornerstone Christian Academy offers a program that integrates faith, life, and learning. At its foundation is the Christian Bible, the belief that God is central to our humanity, that Jesus Christ is our personal Saviour and Lord, and God's Holy Spirit is present and at work in the world today," the school states.
The public school board trustees will meet this Thursday, June 15 to discuss the Bible verses they found to be offending in the school’s parent-student handbook. Some of the Bible passages formerly in the handbook included warnings against lifestyle choices that Christians consider sinful. Two passages were:
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies.
While the school has already agreed to drop the “offending” passages from the handbook, the school board has taken their demands up a notch. The board is now telling the school that it must remove the passages from anywhere in the school too.
The school board’s Diane Hutchinson said trustees think these verses might contravene Alberta’s human rights legislation.
“As a school system, we have an obligation: we need to follow the School Act and human rights legislation,” Hutchinson told Global News. “As a public school division, we have that obligation and it is our obligation to ensure that our schools are also compliant.”
But the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), which is representing the Christian school, believes the public board is bullying Christians.
“Its attempt to prohibit the reading or studying of any, scripture that "could be considered offensive to particular individuals" is not only unwarranted and unrealistic, it is contrary to the Master Agreement between BRSD and the Society [Christian school], where BRSD agreed not to "attempt to change the essential nature of the CCA program" set out in the School Vision and Purpose Document,” the Justice Centre stated in a June 8th letter to the BRSD Board of Trustees.
“BRSD has directly violated the warning of the Supreme Court of Canada not to interfere in religion or beliefs. BRSD is legally obligated to respect the parental choices expressed through the Society [Christian school], concerning the religious education of their children at CCA.”
“The operation of CCA as an alternative program emphasizing a particular religion requires collaboration between BRSD and the Society [Christian school], principally because only the Society can determine the religious nature of the program and BRSD is constitutionally prohibited from doing so,” the letter stated.
Justice Centre president John Carpay said the Christian school will not let a public school board dictate which parts of the Bible are acceptable and which are not.
“The government’s duty of neutrality, required by the Supreme Court of Canada, means that a school board cannot dictate whether verses in the Torah, Koran, New Testament or Guru Granth Sahib are acceptable,” said Carpay in a press release.
Wonder if they are making the same demands of the muslims.
Is this really what the voters in Alberta want?
My country is on the edge of the abyss. The establishment is intent on destroying every last vestige of Christianity, while simultaneously appeasing the truly barbaric islamic hordes. It goes beyond mere hypocrisy to the point of psychosis.
Toss them a a copy of the satanicly inspired koran, and tell them to redact everything offensive they find in that book, give it back to the local imam and see have well that works out first.
Is the Alberta government paying for the costs of the Christian school? If so, the Christian school needs to self fund and then tell Alberta to . . . well, there must be something appropriate from the Old Testament to tell them.
the only way to stop this is to defy.....
the only way to stop this is to defy.....
Vote for retards, you’re going to get retardism.
These people will be VERY offended when they stand at the judgement. (”Woe to them who call evil good and good evil.”)
public school board made up of Trudeau’s Pet Muslims ?
Excellent article that explains this, from American Thinker:
At the same time, Muslims will ally with leftist politicians, who will gladly cede some of their power to this group of enforcers, so conservative politicians and Christians who advocate self-defense and sane social policies are kept out of office. Money that was once used to build mosques will now be used to buy politicians. On university campuses, Islam will be portrayed as righteous and peaceful, while Christianity will be associated with evil Western and American values.
How Muslims Take Control of America (or any country).
Someone posted the following article to another thread. This is happening in Utica, NY. It's quite alarming.
No doubt they have also told muslins to stop with the nasty stuff in the kran.
You don’t get to do that unless you stop the muzzies from reading the kooran.
Oh, but your prime minister is a pansy-a$$ liberal muzzy a$$ licker who wants millions more muzzies in Canada so they will replace those Christians who oppose gay marriage.
No constitution, no freedom.
Time to cut the cord.
This is why church schools should not accept government money. Canada offers funding for Catholic school systems, and they are under increasing liberal secular pressure because of said funding.
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20.
I think I found the problem.
Dear Public Board,
We will not comply.
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