Two home runs for the parents of Alberta, both key

They’ve now got a voice in politics, and they’ve started the gays back into the closet

“Too bad,” said a conservative friend of mine last week, “but things are certainly not going well for our side.” I asked him what he meant. He cited two things: First, the failure to gain substantial media profile for the discovery of grossly inappropriate material being pushed on children as young as seven in the sex clubs the government is promoting in the public schools. Second, the revival of the old right wing split when Wildrose leader Brian Jean publicly and sharply attacked the newly elected Conservative leader Jason Kenney for his supporting the rights of parents over the dictates of the NDP government, and the ever-widening aspirations of the gay movement.

I told him why I thought him wrong in both cases. In fact, I believe it was a week of two great triumphs for the parental cause.

Take first, their exposé that the government-funded site was instructing children on how to perform oral sex, masturbate, and learn various positions for homosexual and sadomasochism practices. True, the print media ignored the story, a negligence that will one day be cited as a model of journalistic cowardice. Who did not ignore it, however, was the government itself. Item by item they pulled all this garbage from the site, leaving on it some fine thoughts on the inherent rights of sexual “minorities,” and other such high-minded things that will offend few and interest fewer. The requisite passwords will probably then give the students access to the denied material. So the parents will have accomplished precisely nothing, right?

Wrong! Ask yourself: Why did the University of Alberta’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, which runs the website for the government, put all this stuff on the site to begin with? It’s part of the same strategy through which the gay movement has helped turn the sexual mores of western society upside down. To commit sodomy was a criminal offence in Canada until 1969. Today in some jurisdictions it’s a statutory offence to so much as criticize it. This and numerous other “perversions” have been transformed into “lifestyles,” and public “shunning,” which not long ago was the fate of the sexual “deviant” now becomes the fate of the sexual conservative. This transformation was a masterpiece of indoctrination, conducted largely through the entertainment media with the willing aid of “advanced” public school educators, like the Institute’s Dr. Kris Wells, and historically ignorant legislators which includes pretty well all of them.

But an absolute necessity of this process is to gain social acceptability for the previously unacceptable, in fact unconscionable. “I guess what we’re being called upon to do here is okay,” the child reasons to himself. Sure, some narrow and “|hateful” people may still deplore it, but even the school system’s in favour of it. Look here. It’s all right here on this public website. So it’s okay, it’s okay.” Thus the child, even more so the adolescent, can be led into something which might well bring on an early death, all thanks to the government of Alberta. Why don’t they teach them to smoke instead? It’s probably safer.

But see now what has happened. The management of the site is in a dilemma. If they keep it public to sustain the essential aura of acceptability, the parents will republish everything on it, in all its ghastly detail. And as parental alarm spreads, as it most certainly would, NDP candidates could find themselves having to defend “blow job lessons for seven-year-olds” on the public platform, a tricky task, even for them. But on the other hand if they hush it all up and furtively confine the “real stuff” to students with the right passwords, where will they be? Back in hiding, that’s where. In fact, that’s where they went the instant they began expunging things from their website. So that’s what the parents achieved last week. They sent the gay movement on its way back into the closet. A major victory, I would say.

But what of the other victory, the split between Brian Jean of the Wildrose party, and Jason Kenney, the new leader of the Conservatives? How could this possibly represent a win? Two things were accomplished here. For one, the parents have acquired a voice in provincial politics such as they have not had for many years. Kenney made it clear that parents must have the right to approve whether their son or daughter is to join some sex club. Second, they must have the right to know everything that the school system is teaching their children, or pushing on them to learn. In both these contentions Kenney stood on an ancient principle. If a person is to carry a responsibility, that person must be given sufficient authority to carry out that responsibility, It is the parent who carries the central responsibility for the child, and therefore the parent should have the primary right to decide what the child is being taught. If a child gets in trouble with the law, the police go first to the parent, as they should. They do not go to the minister of education, nor (heaven help us) to the Institute of for Sexual Minority Studies and Services. Within the confines of the law, the parent holds the responsibility, so the parent decides. This is the principle which Kenney stands on. Finally, someone senior in politics is prepared to rise and say this. And in this case Kenney operates on another very elementary fact. There are more parents in Alberta than there are gays. Most of our politicians don’t seem to realize this. They may be about to find out.

But what about Jean? A good question. Premier Notley mercilessly cornered him in the house three times for his position on the sex clubs. He gave three different answers, each largely incompatible with the other two. It was an embarrassing exchange, but it showed us one thing – why the opposition has been so ineffective. That too, one hopes, is about to change.

Ted Byfield was founder and publisher of Alberta Report news magazine, general editor of Alberta in the Twentieth Century. a 12-volume history of the province, and general editor of The Christians: Their First Two Thousand Years, a 12-volume history of Christianity. His column on education appears in The, a web journal. He has recently authored two little books on modern pedagogy: Why History Matters and The Revolution Nobody Covered. You can order both copies here.


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  1. Again, thanks Ted! Funny what things our Dept of Education cares about. Today we learned they shun kids who bring snacks they consider inappropriate. We already know they are very concerned with pushing clubs to affirm the less than 2% of students who would want them, and in doing so expose them and other students to dangerous and harmful sex practices. When we plead for better math, science and reading we are ignored.


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