Alberta’s deputy education minister Curtis Clark is threatening the funding and accreditation of independent schools in the province if they don’t scrub a broad range of religious content from their policies, according to a correspondence obtained by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF).
The correspondences identify examples of language from several schools’ “Safe and Caring” policies, which allegedly conflict with various provisions of the School Act, as well as “disrespect” diversity by “suggest[ing] alternative viewpoints are not equally legitimate,” and contain “provisions which we consider unwelcoming, uncaring, and/or disrespectful to certain segments of the student body.”
Examples of objectionable language include:
the declaration that “men and women were created in the image of God, after His likeness, and therefore have transcendent, intrinsic worth”;
the stated goal of “develop[ing] godly attitudes toward marriage and the family”;
reference to “the unchangeable and infallible truth of the Word of God”;
affirmation that men and women are “equal in dignity and worth” but have “distinct and complementary roles”;
statements that student clubs must align with “the values, principles, mission and vision of the school”:
the declaration that “Obedience to God’s law supersedes subjection to human authority”; and more.
Any offending schools that fail to remove the cited language from their policies may face investigation, “funding implications,” or the suspension or cancellation of accreditation,” Clark wrote…