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Vancouver -- British Columbia has introduced its new Grade 12 elective "Social Justice" course, which sees homosexuality promoted in B.C. schools as an "alternate lifestyle" equivalent and equal to real marriage. It is the first part of a larger, new Kindergarten to Grade 12 curriculum resulting from a human rights settlement between the provincial government and two homosexual activists.

The B.C. Human Rights Commission had previously ordered that homosexual partners Murray and Peter Corren be allowed to force the Education Ministry to accept their curriculum revisions and that parents not be allowed to remove their children from classes where these revisions are taught. Key "learning concepts" in the new Social Justice course include "ableism, ageism, anthropocentrism, consumerism, cultural imperialism, extremism, feminism, fundamentalism, heterosexism, humanism, racism, sexism and speciesism." Heterosexism is defined as a "prejudice against homosexuals on the assumption that heterosexuality is the norm."

Sean Murphy, spokesman for the B.C. Catholic Civil Rights League, said the course may be used by teachers as a vehicle to turn students against the Catholic Church on the grounds that it violates human rights by opposing practices like abortion, contraception and homosexual conduct. The issue has sparked protest rallies by parents' groups concerned by the erosion of parental rights and the rights of religious people to protect their children from secularist indoctrination (LiFeSiteNews, Sept. 4, 2007).
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Title Annotation:Canada: Regional News
Publication:Catholic Insight
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Dec 1, 2007
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