Re: "Religion creeping into schools, minister told," Nov. 7.
The reported complaint by the B.C. Humanist Society to the provincial education minister in regard to alleged religious instruction in Powell River, Chilliwack and Abbotsford schools is disturbing.
Surely the school boards in these areas, working within provincial guidelines and the Education Act, are in the best situation to serve their communities. Are the Gideons a subversive organization or are they an international body of Bible-believing men and women who wish older schoolchildren (with parental agreement) to hear of God's word as part of their education process? Should not their parents have this fundamental right of choice instead of some minority group moving to prevent this happening. Let our children make their own choices as they mature. Surely this is our Canadian, democratic way.
Meanwhile, the policy of advising our children to consider abstinence in sexual relations as a healthy and socially safe choice seems to be an admirable one. This not only protects them from the many STDs they can be exposed to, but prevents unwanted pregnancies and gives our young people time to make good choices to the benefit of themselves and the community. Who can object to these positive and protective policies?
I consider this interference in parental choice by the Humanist Society to be negative and perhaps even mischievous in that "religion" is clearly not directly taught in our schools, but access to its tenets and beliefs is accepted as part of the education process.
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