How does promoting porn to kids save lives?

After publishing the blog article “The ABCs you didn’t know your kids could learn at school” on May 2nd, a few readers sent some important links that I was previously unaware of.

The first was a National Post article from nearly two years ago which describes how the Zebra: Sex from A-Z cards were provided to Grade 8 and 9 students in British Columbia after a presentation on healthy relationships.

 

CHEW zebra cards National Post article

 

According to the National Post article:

The card creators themselves say the cards were not meant to be distributed to minors in school.

“This resource in particular is for gay, bi, queer men,” said Chris Thomas, spokesman for the AIDS Committee of Toronto. “Generally, we use them in bars and bathhouses.”

Keep in mind that intended audience of “bars and bathhouses” as you consider how the cards are being justified for use with youth here in Alberta.

Dr. Andre Grace, the Director of the CHEW Project and a Director with the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS) at the University of Alberta, has provided a written document on the CHEW Project website which justifies the continued use of these controversial cards to an audience of youth, stating that “Lessons that young people learn from viewing these cards could help them to stay alive.”

Here are some questions for Dr. Grace and anyone else who considers these A-Z cards to be helpful for an audience of youth:

– Is it necessary to include graphic descriptions of felching, brown and yellow showers and auto-fellatio to effectively contribute to saving lives and better health for youth?

– While defending the A-Z cards, Dr. Grace cites statistics on soaring HIV and STI rates in Alberta, especially in the age category of 15 to 29 year olds.  Do the experts at the CHEW Project and iSMSS truly believe that a resource which promotes anonymous sex and use of pornography will lead to improved health outcomes for youth?

– Do the Zebra: Sex from A to Z cards reflect the highest standard of quality resources that the CHEW Project and iSMSS are capable of providing to the vulnerable youth who they claim to support?

– “CHEW” is an acronym for “Comprehensive Health Education Workers”, considered to be the provincial experts on comprehensive sex education (CSE). Are the Zebra: Sex from A to Z cards reflective of the kind of resources we can expect more of with the recent push by Edmonton Public School trustees for more “comprehensive” and “inclusive” sexual education in our new Alberta curriculum?

We know the CHEW Project and iSMSS are still currently and directly involved in Alberta’s K-12 education system, including offering in-school presentations during instructional time.  iSMSS also maintains full control of the GSA Network, which is still recommended by Alberta Education and continues to be authorized to collect registrations directly from K-12 children to “provide other community supports” (see my previous blog article to learn more about the “community supports” which used to be publicly available).

How is it that these same individuals/organizations can still be entrusted with positions of expertise, influence and authority over children in schools, especially when they continue to actively promote the Zebra: Sex from A to Z cards as appropriate for use with a youth audience?

We know the Minister of Education is capable of publicly expressing strong words of disapproval when it comes to guest speaker presentations which he deems inappropriate.

Aren’t similar public statements of denunciation warranted when representatives of organizations with authority over our K-12 education system legitimize resources for youth that promote porn and anonymous sex?

As many of you know, I sent emails last week to the Minister of Education, as well as the leaders and Education Critics of the Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties, requesting one hour in-person meetings to deliver the letters of concern I have been collecting and  hear what they will do to address these concerns.

Earlier today I sent follow-up emails to each of these politicians with the following text:

This is a reminder that I have not yet received a response to the email message I sent to you on Friday, May 5th.  The original message is included below for your reference.

Please reply prior to 4 p.m. on Monday May 15th to indicate when you are available between the dates of May 17th and 31st to meet together for one hour and discuss the concerns being voiced by citizens across the province, as well as the actions you will take to ensure these concerns are fully addressed.

As I’m sure you would agree, the safety and well-being of children in our province is an issue of critical and urgent importance.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,
Theresa Ng

For those Albertans who are concerned about these issues and want answers, please phone the offices of these politicians to remind them that this is still a topic of critical, urgent importance. Encourage them to reply to me by Monday afternoon with a date and time they are able to meet and discuss these concerns. The phone numbers for their Legislative offices are below:

Education Minister’s Office: 780 427 5010
Leader of the Official Opposition, Brian Jean: 780 427 1031
Wildrose Education Critic, Leela Aheer: 780 422 0315
Progressive Conservative Education Critic, Dave Rodney: 780 415 1325

And one last reminder: There are still two days left to get your letters in the mail (deadline Friday night) so please take action today.  All the details, including a letter-writing tip sheet, are available HERE.

Please take a stand and speak up for the safety of children in Alberta schools.

UPDATE:

May 12th, 11 a.m. – Responses have been received by both Jason Kenney, leader of the Progressive Conservative party, and the Wildrose team.  Please see updates published on my blog articles entitled “A good news day! And last call for letters!” and “Wildrose Response to Meeting Request

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5 comments

  1. Rob

    Lord God, the God who our founders recognized as having dominion over our land, the God whom we pray will keep our land glorious and free, we ask you to please raise up leaders in our country who recognize Your authority and will lead us in just and good ways. Thank you for those who stand up for truth and for our families. Bless them, and at the same time, expose the evil paths some of our current leaders are embarking upon. Open people’s eyes and help them to choose good and healthy ways to live. Bring our country back to You, please Lord God. We need You. Please forgive us for trying to govern our affairs while ignoring Truth, justice, and accountability to You, the One to whom we all have to give account.
    Thank You for giving Your Son to die for us, and thank You that You are alive; that You care for us and our children.
    In Jesus’s great name, amen

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  2. Concerned

    Why are the police not investigating this? Doesn’t this fall under sexual exploitation/grooming of children? I am disgusted.

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  3. Kristine

    [paraphrasing]

    B.C. school: “We are so sorry that your youth were exposed to these pornographic materials.”

    A-Z card creators: “These cards are not intended for youth.”

    CHEW Project: “Youth must be shown these cards to save their lives.”

    Minister Eggen: “What? A pro-life presentation in a Catholic school? That is completely unacceptable and hateful. … Cards? What cards?”

    Sigh.

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