Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Anti-bullying efforts must respect conscience rights

Public schools should respect traditional morality
Theresa and Alan Yoshioka of EnCourage Toronto, a Catholic ministry for friends
and relatives of people with same-sex attraction, experienced bullying growing up.
Alan struggled with same-sex attraction during university. (Photo: CCN)
Traditional views of homosexuality are becoming the target of anti-bullying efforts and gay-straight alliances according to Alan Yoshioka, former gay activist. A seminar by the Catholic Organization for Life and Family focused on the issue, saying public schools should respect varied views on same-sex attraction.
“A public school should respect diversity of convictions about homosexuality by not promoting a single ideology perspective,” developmental psychologist, author and character development specialist Thomas Lickona told the annual Catholic Organization for Life and Family seminar March 7-8.

“A school can do this by teaching: we uphold standards of behavior which honour the dignity and worth of all individuals regardless of gender, ethnicity, race, physical mental abilities, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background,” he said. “Respect for diversity includes freedom of conscience as part of that.”

Former gay activist Alan Yoshioka told the seminar that anti-bullying efforts “are being used to advance an agenda I used to espouse.”
For full story, see The B.C. Catholic website.

1 comment:

  1. "And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
    John 8:32

    Our young people need to know the truth - that no one is "born that way".

    We hope that Alan and others will help our young people to experience the sexuality that God has planned for them, in the right way, at the right time.

    We also hope that the Church will make these resources available to those who are confused and searching.


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