NDP government wields “anti-bullying” sledgehammer

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“It gets better – if we all stand up”

These are the opening words of a petition launched yesterday by the Alberta NDP Party, apparently trying to make it look like they have public support on their side as they continue threatening the destruction of authentic educational choice.

The petition reassuringly states that “all students in Alberta deserve to go to school in a safe and inclusive environment.”

However, Albertans are not so easily fooled by a government that makes a feeble attempt to call something what it is not.

Is inclusion so narrowly defined by our government that it now means only bathroom usage and one certain type of club?

If the government truly wants to be “inclusive”, why not INCLUDE educational choices that truly respect and reflect the diversity of our incredible province?

The Minister of Education wrote a special Facebook letter to LGBTQ students in August, saying “I’m with you one hundred per cent.”

But what about the hundreds of students at the two Edmonton area Christian schools who are now facing an inquiry under Section 41 of the School Act – a move which Minister Eggen admits in a Global News video is “is a very serious step” with “lots of grave consequences attached to it”?

Do these “grave consequences” contribute to students at these schools experiencing a sense of protection, value and belonging? Do these students feel they are equally deserving of inclusion in Alberta’s education system?

Or do these students feel marginalized and traumatized by the government’s punitive threats to remove funding that means they could no longer have the freedom and choice to attend the school they love and which reflects their faith-based values?

Apparently the NDP petition slogan “It gets better” does not apply to all students in the province.

In a pluralistic, multicultural, democratic and free society, hard work is necessary when it comes to the complex balancing of values, needs and responsibilities.

Diplomacy and respect are required – not a sledgehammer.

The NDP petition, alongside their most recent actions, demonstrate clearly that this government is not trying to be “inclusive” at all.

They have been watching our petition and know there is not widespread public support for their actions.

Your voice is making a difference!

And now that our petition is again in the media spotlight through its mention in  yesterday’s Edmonton Journal article, it is more important than ever that we continue to spread awareness about this critical issue.

Please share this information through email and social media and invite people to sign our online petition supporting authentic educational choice.

Help us demonstrate with an even louder, stronger voice how Albertans really feel about this “anti-bullying” sledgehammer approach.

 

 

 

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9 comments

  1. Shirley Friesen

    They are the ones that are doing the bullying not any one else. We use to live in a Democratic government but now they push it down our throats Even though all study’s prove what they are doing is harmful to the children

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    • David Roberts

      True.

      I am an advocate of stating who “they” are at every opportunity. “They” are the Left. Not the NDP, not the Liberals, not Rachel Notley, not Justin Trudeau … they are interchangeable and indistinguishable from each other, in that they represent leftism in all its dysfunctional, destructive, corrosive ideas and quasi-religious fanaticism.

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    • DG Roberts

      True. However, I am an advocate of stating who “they” are at every opportunity. “They” are the Left. Not the NDP, not the Liberals, not Rachel Notley, not Justin Trudeau … they are interchangeable and indistinguishable from each other, in that they represent leftism in all its dysfunctional, destructive, corrosive ideas and quasi-religious fanaticism.

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  2. Ron Voss

    How appropriate that the anti-bullying petition launched by the NDP begins with “It gets better”! ‘It Gets Better’ is the name of a campaign that was launched by foul-mouthed, leftist gay activist/sex columnist Dan Savage and his ‘husband’ Terry Miller on September 21, 2010. Savage is a self-professed sexual libertarian who considers monogamy as ridiculous and has stated that “our bodies are our own…they’re ours to use, abuse, and since we’re all going to die one day, they’re ours to use up.” He writes the syndicated sex column Savage Love, where, in his own words, he “traffics the skeeziest sex practices known to man.” The ‘It Gets Better’ project encourages teens struggling with same-sex attractions to embrace homosexuality: http://www.itgetsbetter.org/pages/about-it-gets-better-project/ Contributors of videos to Savage’s campaign range from various politicians and political leaders (for example, President Obama, Michelle Obama, David Cameron, Hillary Clinton, Conservative members of parliament including John Baird, Vic Toews and Rona Ambrose, former Ontario premier, Dalton McGuinty, Jack Layton, Nancy Pelosi) to various celebrities (Rick Mercer, Bill Maher, Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres, Larry King Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga). In 2012, a group video was also released by twenty RCMP officers in BC.
    Turns out, the biggest bully is the man leading the anti-bullying campaign as Savage has revealed himself to be a hatemonger and bully. He was invited to give a keynote address to a group of high school students at a high school journalism conference. Students were expecting him to talk about bullying. But, instead, it turned into an episode of Christian-bashing with Savage revealing himself as a vulgar, vicious bully. They got an earful about Savage’s opinions on (the “bullsh*t in”) the Bible, including a vulgarity-laced rant against the Bible and its teachings on homosexuality. Many of the students, which included students from Christian schools, offended by what he was saying understandably walked out on him in protest or disgust. In response, Savage – the so-called anti-bully guy – berated the young students as “pansy assed” for being unable to handle his push-back. You can watch the video with Savage’s rant here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao0k9qDsOvs&channel=bandroadie95 Again, how very appropriate for the NDP to adopt the banner “It gets better” for their supposed ant-bullying petition campaign!

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    • Jane

      I listened to Dan Savage ‘ s speech. Very sad and intolerant of others’ views and beliefs. Proud of the young men and women who had the courage to leave. Makes one wonder why he needs to put down others to feel good about himself.

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  3. Ron Voss

    Incorrect to say that “these are the opening words of a petition launched yesterday by the NDP government” as the petition is found not at a Government of Alberta web page but rather at the Alberta NDP party’s web page. As the Mount Royal University political scientist pointed out, it’s “strange” and “distasteful” to see such a petition being launched in thus way by a governing political party, “Because, you’re the government”! Probably a way to garner the names of supporters who they can mobilize as required. Typical and disappointingly, the ‘conservative’ Wildrose Party doesn’t want to touch this issue with a ten-foot pole: “The Wildrose Party said in an email no-one would comment on the NDP petition”.

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  4. Steve Stone

    I wonder how Eggen is dealing with the Muslim Schools Are they cooperating? Have they been approached by AB Ed? Or is it a 🙈🙉🙊 policy?
    State sponsored Christophia?

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