Alberta, Canada’s legislature passed a bill that allows parents to pull kids out of the classroom if evolution is taught, or almost anything else that the parents deem counter to their own religion. It’s a passive-aggressive response to laws that require non-discrimination against sexual orientation.
Even Albertans agree they don’t want to be Arkansas:
‘All they’ve done is make Alberta look like Northumberland and sound like Arkansas.’— Brian Mason, Alberta NDP leader
Oy. Canada has its own version of the Texas Lege.
Bill 44 represents a deep-seated resentment of education in the hearts of conservatives. It strikes at the purpose of education, to make students aware of society and other people. It suggests that some ideas are so dangerous they cannot be discussed, even to rebut.
Fears of parents and conservatives are real. Often what they fear is not real, or not a problem, or maybe even part of the solution. Can they come to understand that if they can’t even discuss the issues?
- Alberta’s Legislative Assembly tracking on Bill 44, with links to the text of the bill
- Calgary Herald, gay rights groups make last-ditch effort to derail bill (June 2, 2009)
- “Selling educators down the river,” commentary by Lyn Cockburn, Edmonton Sun