The Ottawa Citizen published a piece yesterday on the scandal surrounding the “gay rights” project at St. George’s Elementary School. It shows how the media is catching up to what the Catholic Intelligence blog had already reported, notably about how the School Board had an excessive focus on public relations. Look at this quote from Julian Hanlon, director of education, speaking of the Principal at St. George’s:
“Make it clear to her that the wheels were falling off and we were in major damage control mode and don’t intend to end up their (sic) again,” Hanlon wrote in an email on Saturday, Nov. 29, at 3:45 p.m. “I spent the better part of Friday trying to skate around the issue, my point being that we support the principal’s decision due to concerns with the initial presentation (the gay marriage piece) but if the girls’ intent was to address it in the context of bullying etc. (as portrayed in the press) it was something we would allow.”
At least the emails made it clear that the Board would not allow gay “marriage” as a topic for the girls’ project because it wasn’t age appropriate. That’s reassuring.
The Citizen also highlights Ted Hurley’s infamous statement that “gay rights are a human right.” That quote will keep coming back to haunt him and the Board unless Mr. Hurley issues a correction.
Everyone is on the same page about the cruelty of unjust discrimination towards gays. That’s not the issue here. The real issue is this: information collected about the girls and their parents strongly indicates that this presentation will veer firmly into affirmation and normalization of gay behaviour. It would be cruel to expose our kids to such indoctrination
My question to the OCSB: if the presentation does take this direction, will the teacher immediately interrupt it or at least rebut the presentation immediately upon its completion by presenting authentic teaching on how we are to love gays but hate their sins? In any other subject, if a student raises their hand and gives the wrong answer, the teacher always corrects the student. That’s their job so that all the kids learn the right answer. Similarly, if some other kids choose to make their presentation on how the Earth is flat, I’m sure the teacher would correct that error quickly. Hence we ask, will the teacher correct errors presented by these girls, for the sake of the kids?