The time is opportune for parents to assert their rights over the state’s latest lunacy
The old adage that “evil things happen when good men do nothing” is glaringly operative right now in three Canadian provinces – Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta–as well as in many American states. A movement is well under way which presents itself as providing “safe space” for sexually deviant children who are being persecuted by other students. But many parents suspect the movement’s real purpose is not to protect but to propagate. Under provincial government auspices, they say, “sex clubs” are being created in the public schools — effectually nests, where students from seven to eighteen years old can be “educated” in the ways of the weird. They see the clubs, that is, as representing a process of sexual and intellectual abduction that will have the effect of taking their children away from them.
Shocking as this most assuredly is, the only effective resistance to it is coming, in Alberta, from about four active parents’ groups. The media, especially the print media, has afforded them very little help. Though the essential facts are not in dispute, the newspapers have plainly killed the story. Why this is so, I do not know, though various theories are being advanced. In any event, one thing is inescapable, A great many good men are doing nothing.
Meanwhile, Theresa Ng (pronounced “Ing”), an ex-school teacher who heads one of these parent groups, is organizing a letter-writing campaign to the government. Since she’s getting the usual zero help from the media, she must depend on the growing social media like this. I can’t improve on her presentation, and I appeal to readers with with every possible urgency, to hear and see her at:
Then act. Write the letter she’s asking for immediately and alert everyone you can possibly influence to do the same. If enough letters hit the government, this will at least slow them down, and that matters. Their success much depends on their acting swiftly. Every delay means more people will discover what they’re up to, and very soon a slight resistance could turn into an avalanche.
But then what are they up to? Obviously, these clubs are there to win converts to the a kind of Gutter Gospel, which the parents have found on the government-funded website, the fact which the media are steadfastly ignoring. The minister’s office has since removed the worst of it– without, one might note, removing the person or persons who put it there. The perpetrators of the movement say their purpose is to “gain public acceptance” for sexual non-conformity. But what percentage of the populace has to be perverts before acceptance may be deemed as achieved?
Could some sinister sexual satisfaction be derived from the corruption of the innocent? Here a lost virginity, there a rejection of masculinity? Will there be boasting over the fact that the club at this or that school has produced “X” number new gay boys, and “Y” number of lesbian girls, while the club over at that school has produced none at all? Will we see annual awards presented to the winning recruiters by the minister of education? Is it such visions as these that stimulate the curious creators of the University of Alberta’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, the institute that runs the sex club website for the government.
Or is the whole effort in some baffling way political? Do the founders look to the day when the deviate movement becomes a politic party with sexual perversion the indispensable qualification for political office? One fact is already clear. The sex clubs which have become the centres of controversy in Alberta, are usually presented as a local development. They are nothing of the kind. The phenomenon began in California and spread across the country like a cancer. They have clever programming to entice kids in, and strive to make connections between the sex clubs in the schools and something always referred to as “the community.” Which community is rarely if ever mentioned, though it is undoubtedly the local gay community. The clubs, that is, could become avenues for pedophilia into the school. If this sounds absurd, take note that something very like this occurred in Winnipeg about 40 years ago and put some of the top businessmen in the city behind bars.
Whatever its politics, the movement has two formidable opponents. One is the family and the other is the Christian faith. The family, as represented by the parents’ groups, is organizing and is starting to fight back very effectively. The Christians, too, are for once waking up on time. I’m told that the Catholics have informed the minister they will not allow the so-called Gay-Straight Alliance movement into their schools. He will no doubt threaten to de-fund them, but even he might foresee some difficulty in finding placement for an additional tens of thousands of students from about 400 Catholic schools. Preposterous, of course, but altogether conceivable, given the present education minister.
Meanwhile the two little Baptist schools west of Edmonton are successfully defying the minister’s usual threat to cut off their funding if they won’t host a government-sponsored sex club. But as their lawyer, John Carpay of the of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, pointedly asks: How can he cut off their funding? The law says if any student wants to form such a club, the school must acquiesce. But no student has asked and, considering the nature of the two schools, none is ever likely to. However, the minister says he will cut their funding anyway because the school says it does not intend to obey the law. Would some kind person please explain to the minister that if, say, a man were to tell a traffic cop that he intended to speed on his way to work tomorrow morning, the police do not lay the charge until he actually does the speeding. Saying you’ll speed is not the same as actually doing it. The minister does have difficulty understanding these complex legal issues.
However, if you want to put a stop to all this insanity, listen to Theresa Ng, and write the letter. Doing nothing could bring about a catastrophe of inconceivable dimension.
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 Christians.com, 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.