Sexuality

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22 Nov 2017 Protect them All: a Christian case for eliminating lists of special identity groups in school policies

Schools, whether private or public, should adopt a zero-tolerance approach to bullying and harassment. Such policies are aimed at protecting each and every student in the school. Provincial education ministries often recommend – or in some cases require – long lists of identifying characteristics to be included in these policies such as race, citizenship, disability, creed, sex, and even the modern concepts of sexual orientation and gender identity. Christian schools, however, should not include these lists in their policies. While we agree that schools need to protect all students (including those who...

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10 Oct 2017 LN Feature: Protecting kids from their parents

David Eggen, Alberta Minister of Education Keith Penner, Principal of Living Waters Christian Academy There's a showdown looming in Alberta between the government and parents who choose not to send their children to public schools. Last week, Education Minister David Eggen put forward a plan to introduce a bill that would make it a crime for all schools - including private, independent, and Christian Schools - to communicate with parents if children in those schools decide to join so-called "Gay-Straight Alliance Clubs", or if those children admit to struggling with gender identity...

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26 Sep 2017 LN Feature: Gender Identity and the Resurrection

Philip Hills, Executive Regional Director for the Association of Christian Schools International - Western Canada What is underlying the current turmoil over so-called "Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity", especially in the education system? That was the topic of a speech given in Kelowna, BC last month, to a conference of online homeschool educators. The speaker was Philip Hills, the Executive Director of the Association of Christian Schools International. The speech was almost an hour long, and we've boiled it down to just over 6 minutes, which necessarily left a lot of material on...

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19 Sep 2017 Same-sex parents, Christian schools, and the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal

What happened? In May of 2014, a woman in a same-sex relationship called a private Evangelical school in Ontario to inquire about enrolling her pre-school aged child. The school informed the woman that her application would be rejected because she and her partner would not be able to sign the school’s list of shared views because one of those views is that marriage is between one man and one woman. The parents filed a complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, alleging discrimination under the Human Rights Code. However, the Tribunal...

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15 Sep 2017 Infographic: Our Government is ignoring these facts about the impacts of pornography

Earlier this year the Federal Health Committee responded to Motion 47, the motion put forward by MP Arnold Viersen to study the public harms of pornography. Motion 47 was passed last year unanimously in the House of Commons. This motion had a lot of promise, and we were excited about what would result. As we reported earlier this year, the response from the Health Committee was absolutely inadequate, and betrayed a serious lack of concern on the part of the government about the issue of pornography and its impacts on...

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27 Jul 2017 ‘Gender Neutral’ Health Cards and the New Gnosticism

By John Sikkema Earlier this month, a baby received the first ever British Columbia health card with no “gender designation”. Instead of “M” for male or “F” for female, the baby’s health card says “U”, which various media outlets suggest stands for “undetermined” or “unassigned”. “Undetermined” would be a lie, unless the baby was born wearing pants. “Unassigned” might make sense if it referred to the refusal to assign an “M” or “F” to the child’s health card, but unassigned here connotes that sex is just a label assigned to persons –...

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11 Jul 2017 Transgenderism trumps family

Dr. Scott Masson, Associate Professor of English - Tyndale University College A new survey was released in the US last month, and it showed just how far society has moved on the issue of gender confusion. The poll focussed on “millennials” – generally people under 30 – and it found almost half of them would be OK with the notion that the government should take children away from parents if those parents refuse to affirm those children’s gender identities. Scott Masson is an Associate Professor of English at Tyndale University...

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20 Jun 2017 So-called “transgender rights” bill C-16 becomes law despite grave concerns about restrictions on free speech

The Senate has wrapped up debate on Bill C-16. That's the law that purportedly entrenches protections for transgendered people into the Criminal Code and the Canada Human Rights Act by adding the terms "gender identity" and "gender expression" to the list of grounds upon which discrimination would be banned. Supporters – including media coverage at the CTV website – claim that the bill simply means that trans-gendered people will now have the same human rights protections as everyone else. However, opponents have long argued that transgender people are already protected...

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13 Jun 2017 ARPA Reacts to Release of Health Committee Report on Pornography

https://youtu.be/kaZgSroMjDg The Health Committee response to Motion 47 was released today. Motion 47 you may remember was passed last year unanimously in the House of Commons. Unfortunately, this report falls flat on its face. The recommendations of this report portray a serious lack of analysis of the issues that Motion 47 sought to address. In fact, the only recommendations seem to be passing the job off on the provinces with yet more sexual education curriculum, as if that somehow solves all societies moral problems. It is frustrating that our secular culture’s only...

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13 Jun 2017 Parliament produces useless report on harms of violent porn

Josh Gilman, Strength to Fight Parliament's Health Committee has tabled its report on the public health effects of graphic online pornography on children. The Committee spent several months this spring hearing testimony on the issue, after the House unanimously passed a motion calling for such a study. The motion was put forward by Alberta MP Arnold Viersen. But Viersen says the report is a huge disappointment, because it got sidetracked on the issue of gender identity. “Three out of the four recommendations talk about (the need to) have gender-based analysis. That the...

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