Alberta's ministry of education discriminates against Christians

Posted June 18, 2017 11:18 pm by Editor

Alberta's ministry of education discriminates against Christians
Cornerstone Christian Academy

Things are getting worse for Christians in Canada. This past week Alberta’s Battle River School Division informed the Cornerstone Christian Academy that parts of the Bible can no longer be taught in the school. Why? Because others may find Bible passages offensive. Who will decide what can be and cannot be taught to children? Yes, you guessed it, the school board. They will judge what is and is not deemed “offensive.” Welcome to Canada 150!

Both the Canadian Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protect religious liberty and freedom of expression, but this is of no importance to the school board, that gets its marching orders from Alberta’s ministry of Education headed by David Eggen. This is same the ministry that has threatened to defund Christian schools in the province and force them to establish gay/straight alliances. And it’s all done in the false names of “diversity” and “inclusive” education.
It’s becoming more and more difficult to be Christian in Canada. Here is some of the evidence. Consider that Trinity Western University, a Christian university, is still in a legal battle to have future law graduates recognized by a number of law societies in the country. The univesrity fought a similar battle and won for students who enter their teaching program. The Catholic institution in Quebec Loyola High School had to go as far as the Supreme Court of Canada to protect its right to teach religion classes from a Catholic point of view. The Quebec government fought hard to have its 2008
secular ethics and religious course taught in all schools in the province. Catholics schools in Ontario have been forced to implement a radical sex curriculum that contradicts Catholic teaching about the person, human sexuality, marriage and family. Ditto for the rest of Canada. 
Now, the Battle River School Board in Alberta is telling the Cornerstone Christian Academy that it will decide what sections of the Bible are permitted to enter the classroom. It’s legal in Canada to teach about abortion, euthanasia, the sexual transhumanism of transgederism, but nobody dare teach students attending a Christian school the entire Bible. It’s just fine to teach gender fluidity. But keep away from the Ten Commandments and the creation story. The secular government will decide what Biblical quotations are considered acceptable to be taught. This is totally wrong on every possible level. It’s legally wrong. It’s morally wrong. And it’s completely unjust. It’s an anti-Christian Canada.

Does the reader believe the Alberta ministry would be take the same heavy handed approach to indigenous spirituality or an Islamic school? Why the double standard? We know the answer to that. It’s a clear case of Christian discrimination and bullying. Why do it? Because the government believes it can get away with it. Christians need to push back or the Bible will soon be considered by secular governments hate speech.

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) has agreed to legally defend the Cornerstone Christian Academy. Here’s how they describe the case:

The Battle River School Division (BRSD) based in Camrose, Alberta has ordered Cornerstone Christian Academy (CCA) to refrain from reading or studying “any scripture that could be considered offensive to particular individuals.”

In correspondence with the school, School Board Chair Laurie Skori claims that human rights legislation prevents religious schools from teaching what a child, or a parent, might find “offensive.”

The written legal agreement between the school and school board serves to fulfil the Alberta government’s objective to support diversity and parent choice through alternative programs. Under Alberta law, these alternative programs include schools dedicated to various religious teachings (including Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism and Islam), sports, differing educational philosophies, etc. In the agreement, BRSD promised: “The Board will not attempt to change the essential nature of the CCA program, as set out in the agreed upon School Vision and Purpose as outlined in Schedule A.” The School Vision and Purpose document clearly commits Cornerstone to be a Christian School, based on teaching from the Bible.

The Justice Centre wrote to the BRSD on June 8, 2017, explaining why the BRSD’s decision is a violation of parental rights, religious freedom, BRSD’s duty of neutrality and the agreement with the CCA Society. The full letter can be found here.

Parents in Camrose, Tofield and other towns have chosen Cornerstone Christian Academy in Kingman, Alberta, because they agree with the school’s commitment to integrate knowledge of the Bible and its relevance into the approved Alberta curriculum.

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Canada is a signatory, requires the government (including school boards) to respect the liberty of parents “to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions.”

In a similar vein, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.”

According to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law. The first human right that is listed and protected in the Charter is freedom of conscience and religion.

This injustice against Christians in Canada must come to an end. We thank the JCCF for stepping in to fight back. We have sent them a donation to help cover the legal cost. Please consider doing the same thing. If we do nothing, things are bound to deteriorate further and only get worse for future generations. In addition, consider writing to the Alberta Ministry of education and the school board. You can contact David Eggen the minister here and the Battle River School Division here. Cornerstone Academy needs our prayers and support. The bullying must be stopped.

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