By Jonathon Van Maren
I don’t mean to sound like a broken record, but two news stories yesterday have again brought evidence of precisely what I laid out in two earlier articles. For one, some questioned whether the title of my column on the Edmonton Catholic school teacher currently being investigated for “anti-gay” comments was an accurate one. I spoke to the issue on 770 Talk Radio Calgary with Andrew Lawton yesterday, and pointed out that the “silencing of Christian teachers has begun” was precisely the right title, because we were just beginning to see the trend of gay activists accusing teachers and schools of not adequately advocating for their worldview. And indeed, yesterday the National Post was already reporting on the next one:
A school division in southeastern Manitoba is facing a human rights complaint because it forbids teachers from discussing sexual orientation in elementary and middle-school classrooms.
Michelle McHale and Karen Phillips allege one of their children was bullied at a school in the Hanover School Division because the women are a same-sex couple.
The couple’s complaint filed with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission alleges that when McHale complained to the principal, she was told a division policy forbids any discussion of same-sex relationships until students reach high school.
Refusing to acknowledge gender diversity and promote tolerance “creates this culture of exclusion and stigmatization that can really lead to an unsafe environment for students,” the women’s lawyer, Allison Fenske, said Monday.
Officials from the school division were not immediately available to comment. In a news release in April, the division said it fulfills its requirements under the provincial curriculum and respects “the role of the parents or guardians as the primary educators of their children, especially in the areas pertaining to family life.”
Again it is a lesbian couple complaining that their “rights” are being violated because the children of others are not being informed that their family arrangement is normal. The school district had worked hard to avoid such controversies by very firmly placing parents in the driver’s seat on sex education:
The division’s policy says teachers up to Grade 8 should call parents if a child inquires about topics including sexual orientation and abortion. It also suggests the child talk to a counsellor, a trusted relative or a help line.
That’s not good enough for Michelle and Karen. They want all children informed that two mommies are just as normal as a mommy and a daddy, and they are now taking legal action to ensure that their view is imparted to the children of other people. Again, we see people using victimhood as a cudgel to force others to do as they please.
In the same Manitoba city of Steinbach, a very conservative area of about 14,000 people, a Pride parade is being organized for the first time. With such rowdy displays of sexuality, of course, comes the demand that politicians show up to applaud and bow the knee to the rainbow flag. The idea that “the state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation” is no longer one the gay rights activists are much interested in. Now, they want the nation, and especially the nation’s leaders, to be clapping wildly and approving what goes on in their bedrooms. If they refuse, of course, they are “bigoted” and “homophobic.” Again, they will cry “discrimination” not because they are being discriminated against, but as a way of forcing people who disagree with them to do as they say.
As I wrote yesterday, activists are already attempting to smear the blood of the Orlando murders onto bewildered Christians, claiming that Christians created a “anti-queer climate.” The Orlando murders, I wrote, will be used in every imaginable situation to demand that Christians agree with the agenda of gay activists. And so it is, even in sleepy Steinbach, Manitoba:
Conservative MP Ted Falk says he will not attend the first Pride Parade in Steinbach, Man., in July and is asking event organizers to respect his decision.
“I’ve been clear on this issue many times, and have made my position public on my values of faith, family and community,” the member of Parliament for Provencher, a mainly rural riding in the southeast corner of Manitoba, said in an emailed statement Monday.
“I will not be attending the Pride march taking place in Steinbach on July 9, nor do I intend to participate in any other events organized by this group.
“Just as I respect the right of people to participate in this event, I am hopeful the event organizers will be respectful of my choice, and the choice of many others, not to participate. Even without a scheduling conflict, my decision to not attend would be the same.”
The statement did not elaborate on the reasons Falk is not attending the city’s first Pride parade. Some media reports said the MP was planning to attend the annual Frog Follies Agricultural Fair in St.-Pierre-Joly instead. Maria-Christine Bruce is the president of the Frog Follies Agricultural festival in St. Pierre-Jolys. She is calling on politicians to skip the event on July 9 and attend the Steinbach Pride parade instead…
“The politician being talked about the most right now is Ted Falk because he is the one who is attending our festival and is using that as a reason not to go to the Steinbach Pride parade,” said Marie-Christine Bruce, president of Frog Follies. Bruce said she wants people to attend the Frog Follies, but added she also recognizes the importance of the Pride parade.
“It’s a historic event, it’s for human rights, and human rights will trump everything,” Bruce said.
“This is the very first time that Steinbach is having this kind of event, and it was definitely an uphill battle for organizers to put this in place,” Bruce said.
“In light of the recent tragic massacre in Orlando, we just can’t ignore an important event like the very first Pride event in any municipality, any town, anywhere right now.” Bruce said.
Attending Pride is important, the CBC noted, because “human rights trump everything.”
Did you catch that? The statement seems benign but is incredibly radical. The political and social agenda of gay activists is now the equivalent with “human rights.” These “human rights” trump “everything.” That would include your right to educate your children as you see fit, your right to pass on your worldview to your children, and your right not to genuflect at Rainbow Celebrations. The language used may sound unthreatening, but totalitarianism bubbles just beneath the surface.