Hamilton Muslim parents protest sex-ed curriculum

By Carmela Fragomeni, The Hamilton Spectator Sex education protests took place Thursday morning in Hamilton with about 100 Muslim parents and children at Stoney Creek’s Lake Avenue elementary school in a peaceful sidewalk march. Organizer Rukhsana Amer said the parents believe the new provincial curriculum is presented too early in young grades and aspects of masturbation and intercourse too early for Grades 7 and 8. “It’s not a religious concern, it’s a concern as a parent,” she said. A provincial group called for Ontario-wide protests Continue reading →

Sex-ed consultation a joke, FOI documents reveal

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s consultation of parents regarding the new sex-ed curriculum was all smoke and mirrors. Results of the survey, obtained via a freedom of information request and made available to Postmedia Network, reveal the government clearly didn’t take the process seriously.

U.S. Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage in all 50 states

In a 5-4 decision released Friday, the court ruled that the amendment obliges states to license marriages between people of the same sex and to recognize marriages lawfully performed outside of state. Thirty-seven of the 50 states and the District of Columbia already allow gay marriage, and Friday's ruling means the others will have to follow suit. The ruling only affects state laws. Religious institutions can still choose whether or not to marry same-sex couples.

Organization wants to work with schools

By Trevor Terfloth, Chatham Daily News Parents with concerns over the province’s new sexual education curriculum should not only work with schools, but also talk with their children, says a speaker and former educator. Phil Lees, president and founder of P.E.A.C.E. (Public Education Advocates for Christian Equity) Ontario, gave a presentation to more than 100 people at Gregory Drive Alliance Church on Thursday. He provided a rundown of the curriculum, set to be introduced in September, noting that some of the material isn’t age-appropriate or Continue reading →

Loyola Supreme Court Decision: Parental rights and religious freedom upheld

After 12 months of deliberation, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision this morning in Loyola High School v. Quebec (Attorney General), upholding religious freedom first for the Loyola Jesuit school but also more broadly for all who seek to apply their faith to the education of their children.

Barbara Kay: Ontario’s new sex ed curriculum teaches young children too much, too soon

Barbara Kay, The National Post In Ecclesiastes it is written, “There is a time for everything, and a season for everything under the sun … a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing. …” One does not have to be Christian or even religious to appreciate the anger that fuelled objections in the first go-around of the Ontario sex ed debate in 2009, enough to block its launch. It is bubbling up anew as the province’s Ministry of Education finally launches the Continue reading →

Abstinence and Comprehensive Sex Education in our schools

There is a common perception that school-based comprehensive sex education programs are effective at protecting teens from the problems related to sexual activity while abstinence education programs are not. This document offers basic criteria for effective programs and presents evidence about the effectiveness of both comprehensive and abstinence-based sex education in our schools.