Friday, June 23, 2017

School board tells Christian academy to censor Bible verses

The Cornerstone Christian Academy in Alberta is exactly what it says it is — a Christian school. Just like Alberta has Jewish schools and Muslim schools too.

But the head of the government school board that oversees Cornerstone, a woman named Lauri Skori, has literally ordered the school to stop teaching passages in the Bible that she personally disagrees with.

I know this sounds crazy. But it’s true. Skori, basically went through the Bible with a black pen and emailed the school telling them what words were now banned.

In particular, Skori has decided that she doesn’t like 1st Corinthians, which states:

"Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."

Now, you can agree with or disagree with that. You can agree with or disagree with the ten commandments. But freedom of religion and freedom of expression are an essential freedom in Canada.

In fact, the concept of the separation of church and state — it actually doesn’t exist in Canada.

Our Constitution has religion hard-wired into it — the word Catholic is in our Constitution four times, specifically to protect religious education. That’s part of the grand bargain of Canada, uniting French Canada and English Canada.

It’s shocking, but it’s not surprising. Christianity has been driven out of the public square everywhere in Canada. But surely this is a new low — Christianity is actually being banned in a Christian school.

Government bureaucrats would never dream of telling Muslim schools they couldn’t teach passages from the Koran — even ones that call for the murder of infidels and apostates. But banning the Bible is now official school board policy.

And, not surprisingly, the media and the political class are silent. Even supposedly Christian or conservative politicians are keeping their heads down — they don’t want to be attacked by the leftist mob at the CBC.

The school board is digging in. They’re closing ranks around Laurie Skori the chair. They’re bullying the school. David Eggen, the NDP education minister, he hates Christian schools, wants to shut them down, has taken steps to shut others down. He’s an anti-Christian bigot who doesn’t seem upset about this censorship in the slightest.

So who will stand up for the Christians? Don’t expect any politicians to do so. They’re cowards, as we’ve learned again and again. The Wildrose and the Progressive Conservatives both don’t want to be called “homophobes” or “Christian extremists” by the CBC, so they’re keeping their heads down low.

Well, we’ve found one honest man — John Carpay, from the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms. He’s agreed to take the case of Cornerstone Christian Academy. He’s written a scorching 8-page legal letter to the school board pointing out how what they’re doing is illegal — it’s unconstitutional.



Anonymous said...

Bureaucrats tend to be evil even when they are not trying to be so.

Anonymous said...

Can he not file a complaint against this woman using the same laws that have been used against several people in Canada already?

Bird of Paradise said...

Sensor parts of the bible that might offend whining little snowflakes who get abortions and support Euthinasia

Anonymous said...

If she Blacked out lines in a Koran, she would be marked for death by the Muslims.

Anonymous said...

As usual, Ezra Levant understates the issue.

The School Board is placed in a difficult position. While the Canadian Constitution does provide for "freedom of religion," Canada also has laws in place that prohibit school from teaching things which are anti-gay (such as the cited verse.)

The school itself is a public school which may mean the school has to follow the same laws as other public schools. If the school wants, it can transition to a private institution and teach what it wants.

Does the school and it's Board give up their rights in order to accept public funds? Or can the school say "you can't discriminate on the basis of our faith and beliefs even though we are a public institution?"

This is a classic case where you have two competing interests and two competing sets of laws and rights clashing.

It never ends and it is never easy.

Use the Name, Luke said...

In other words, the Canadian government is demanding that Christians abandon teachings of the Bible "or else" exactly as the Nazi's did in pre-war Germany. I hope my brothers and sisters up North respond exactly as the "Confessing Church" did back in those dark days: "No!"

But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.”
— Acts 5:29

Anonymous said...

The bible should be taught in a SciFi and Fantasy literature class.

Use the Name, Luke said...

6:24, too bad you're too scared of it to actually look at the evidence honestly.

Anonymous said...

Why Luke, aren't you the presumptuous one, spouting belief rather than facts.

Bill R. said...

Anon 6:24 You must live somewhere where idiots are not allowed to have stupid opinions. Because your sci fi joke is idiotic. Fact is, the children are in a Christian school and the clown from the government has no business telling them what bible quotes they must censor.

Anonymous said...

Billy boy,

It's not a joke. Christian schools are child abuse.

Anonymous said...

Denominational schools aka "faith schools" (Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, etc.)should not be funded by the tax-payer even in part. Why should the public's money go to promoting religious ideology which is divisive and intolerant towards other denominations and religions, and even the law of the land. As for "God's Law", it contradicts itself across the different "faiths"!

Anonymous said...

Anon 6:32,

So the answer to what you call "divisive and intolerant" views is intolerant and divisive actions by the Canadian government?

Anonymous said...

3:44 AM So I suppose you haven't heard about the intolerance of intolerance!!

Anonymous said...

Anon 4:00,

So I suppose that you haven't heard of hypocrisy?

Anonymous said...

4:15 So evidently you haven't heard of logic either!

Anonymous said...

Anon: 6:21,

Apparently you have heard of shifting the goal posts.

Anonymous said...

2:15 - you have shifted the goal posts as you didn't even address the specific point being made by 6:32 re the principle of public support of religious schools when you made your "attack" on 6:32 who was not talking about the particular actions of the Canadian government. If religious schools want any public funding they must meet certain requirements, and if that doesn't suit them they should fund themselves and be independent in a literal sense. There's an old expression - "he who pays the piper calls the tune"!