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article imageOntario religious groups rally against Liberal anti-bullying bill

By Samantha Emann     Apr 2, 2012 in World
Toronto - Concerned Catholic Parents of Ontario organized a rally to protest Bill 13 at Queen's Park on March 29. Bill 13 would see all Ontario public schools form a gay straight alliance to help oppose bullying on the basis of sexual orientation.
Kim Galvao, chair of the C.C.P.O, said in the Toronto Sun, that this bill violates parental rights and freedom of religion.
“(The government) must respect the rights of parents to teach their children about human sexuality according to their faith convictions without being undermined by the state,” Galvao said Wednesday. “The bottom line is this is too much information.”
Bill 13 would see the Education Act changed to prohibit bullying based on race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status or disability.
According to the Catholic Register Jack Fonseca, member of Campaign Life Catholics and rally participant, said Bill 13 is not about bullying at all.
"Dalton McGuinty's ignoring of the number one cause of bullying is proof that this (legislation) is not about bullying. This bill was not written by people who want to reduce bullying. It was written by people who want to change social ideologies on same-sex attraction.
While the protest opposing the bill was happening, a counter protest was also going on to support Bill 13.
According to Canada's Xtra Magazine, GSA Coalition lawyer Douglas Elliott says the coalition has scheduled a press conference at Queen's Park today.
Elliot also compared the current situation to that of Marc Hall, a teen who fought to be able to bring his boyfriend to his prom at a Catholic high school.
“In the Marc Hall case, Catholic schools didn’t have the right to regulate school dances. Well, we say they don’t have the right to regulate school clubs either." he said in Xtra.
“Are they allowed to put students’ lives in danger because of their religious beliefs? Fundamentally, that’s the question. And I think the answer has to be no.”
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