Help Stop Law Requiring Homeschoolers to Teach “Tolerance!”
by: Michael Smith
March 8, 2012
HSLDA of Canada is asking for our help! Our homeschooling brothers and sisters to the north (Alberta) are facing the possibility that they will be banned from teaching during schooltime that the Bible is true. The law would require that homeschoolers’ academic content contain politically correct views such as tolerance for controversial lifestyles. Paul Faris, president of HSLDA of Canada, says the law would subject homeschool families to the Alberta Human Rights Act which has been used to target Christians and conservatives, particularly those families with religious and traditional views about homosexuality.
Paul is asking that homeschooling families across North America call and email Alberta’s education minister and premier for one day only on Friday, March 9, 2012. Their contact information is at the end of Paul’s alert below. It is fine to indicate that you are calling from the U.S., if asked, and always remember to be polite but passionate.
This is truly an international homeschool freedom issue that could affect our freedom in the U.S.! This approach to controlling homeschooling is gaining momentum in academic circles and in the media as discussed in HSLDA Chairman Mike Farris’s November 2010 Court Report cover story, “The Third Wave of Homeschooling Persecution.” In that article Mike writes:
“Now you understand what they mean to accomplish with mandatory teaching of tolerance. They aim to stop you from teaching your own children that Jesus is the only way to God. The American Bar Association (ABA) recognized all of this years ago in a book it published promoting the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. According to the ABA, a church school that taught that other worldviews are unacceptable and that Jesus is the only way to God would be teaching lessons that ‘fly in the face’ of Article 29 of the CRC.”
The Third Wave has already reached homeschoolers in Alberta, Canada. We ask you to stand with them in such a time as this! Please pray throughout the day on Friday as the Lord leads you.
We greatly value you and your support—it is a privilege to serve you! If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you consider taking a moment today to join or recommend us and support our work defending individual families threatened by government officials and protecting homeschooling freedom for all?