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Alberta bill may make it illegal to teach that homosexual acts are sinful

Catholic World News - February 28, 2012

A bill pending in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta could make it illegal for Catholic schools and home schools to teach that homosexual acts are sinful, according to reports by LifeSiteNews and the Home School Legal Defense Association.

Alberta’s proposed Education Act states that “all courses or programs of study offered and instructional materials used in a school must reflect the diverse nature and heritage of society in Alberta, promote understanding and respect for others and honour and respect the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Alberta Human Rights Act.”

“Whatever the nature of schooling--homeschool, private school, Catholic school – we do not tolerate disrespect for differences,” said Donna McColl, assistant director for communications in the provincial education department. LifeSiteNews reported:

According to McColl, Christian homeschooling families can continue to impart Biblical teachings on homosexuality in their homes, “as long as it’s not part of their academic program of studies and instructional materials.”

“What they want to do about their ideology elsewhere, that’s their family business. But a fundamental nature of our society is to respect diversity,” she added.

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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Feb. 28, 2012 8:08 PM ET USA

    "Respect for differences" would mean recognizing the difference and respecting it enough that one would tell the truth about it. Homosexual acts are abusive in multiple ways. Period.

  • Posted by: wolfdavef3415 - Feb. 28, 2012 3:13 PM ET USA

    Respect for diversity. The dictionary would tell us that this is 'a feeling or attitude of admiration and deference toward somebody or something' for 'a variety of something such as opinion, color, or style'. How does this respect for diversity feel about the Catholic opinion (in the opinion element of diversity)?

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Feb. 28, 2012 11:23 AM ET USA

    There is no problem with respecting same-sex attracted folks, but an exclusion of instructional materials that refer to that as disordered and same-sex behavior as sinful would mean the Catechism of the Catholic Church or the Bible cannot be "instructional materials" in a Catholic school or homeschool. Completely nonsensical. You actually cannot authentically respect and love others without seeing their capacity for virtue and wanting that for them.

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