BC Teachers' Federation promotes "Day of Pink"

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The British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF), established in 1917, is the union of professionals representing 41,000 public school teachers in the province of British Columbia, Canada. All public school teachers belong to the BCTF and their local teachers’ association.
They are promoting the “Day of Pink” which is on February 27, 2013 in British Columbia, and April 10 is the International Day of Pink. It is a day where communities across the province, across the country and across the world can unite to celebrate diversity and raise awareness to stop bullying in all its forms, including homophobic and transphobic bullying.
The International Day of Pink got its start in Nova Scotia when two straight high school students saw a gay student wearing a pink shirt being bullied. The two students intervened, but wanted to do more to prevent homophobic and transphobic bullying. They decided to purchase pink shirts, and a few days later got everyone at school to stand in solidarity by showing up in pink. The result was that an entire school came together to stop homophobic and transphobic bullying.
Some of their in-school lesson plans include the following:
family'For Kindergarten and Grade One: Work with your Teacher-Librarian to collect a variety of pictures and picture books about all kinds of families. Have these displayed within your room or easily accessible for students to look at during your “book time”. Begin by asking students “Who’s in a family?” Record their ideas on chart paper along with key words and picture symbols (i.e. people’s heads) so that non-readers can tell who is who. Be careful not to draw girls and boys in gender stereotypical ways (i.e. stick figures with skirts or pants) or using gendered colours (i.e. pink and blue). Gently debunk the myth that all families must have a Mom and a Dad.

Harvey Milk (on the right).

Harvey Milk (on the right).


Secondary Classes: Read and discuss the book, The Harvey Milk Story. Harvey Milk was elected to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors in 1977 and  became the first openly homosexual elected official in California.  Milk made national news — he was an openly gay elected official at a time when  homosexuality was not part of the public debate.  The “Mayor of Castro” was a  champion of urban neighborhoods and grassroots activism, but he’s most famous  for his role as a symbol for gay and lesbian rights.

Homosexual characters in Brokeback Mountain.
Homosexual characters in Brokeback Mountain.

Grades 8 – 12: View Brokeback Mountain or clips of the video with your class. Film synopsis: A raw, powerful story of two young men, a Wyoming ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy, who meet in the summer of 1963 sheepherding in the harsh, high grasslands of contemporary Wyoming, and form an unorthodox yet life-long, yet sometimes tumultuous bond.
For curriculum in Biology 12 (and may be adapted for Science 9): The goal of this lesson is to provide students with an understanding of gender diversity from a genetic and hormonal perspective. Many people believe there are two clear-cut categories for gender: male and female. Others believe it’s a fluid line between two end points. Still others believe there are many gender categories. What do you think?
Why I’m all against bullying, why does the school district feel the need to make a special day to introduce LGHTB issues into the classroom? Can you imagine the school district introducing a lesson plan to celebrate National Aboriginal Day of Prayer?
h/t LifeSite News
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Dr. Eowyn
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Never a favored color, I’m beginning to really loathe the color pink.

josephbc69
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Well, there goes another one I missed! My survival and coping are taking too much [nearly all?] of my time, so I never heard of this until I read it here, and I live in Victoria, the capital city of BC! Maybe setting one day apart for this is so that the issue can be set aside for the rest of the school year. But even so, as DCG rightly points out, if every cause had its special day, there would be no time left for instruction in the normative subjects. I wonder if the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer… Read more »

japoa
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Milk was just another tool/sacrifice to the embracing of this leftist degradation dogma . To hell with him and the gay horse he rode in on .

pastorfergus
Guest

DCG, I think that a proper parallel is not a lesson plan celebrating the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer, but a lesson plan introducing Aboriginal issues. And this, of course, is indeed in the curriculum. For a different perspective, I think it’s worth reflecting on what you would say to a curriculum that refused to “make a special day” to introduce Aboriginal issues into the classroom.

Dr. Eowyn
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Pastor Fergus of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Calgary, Alberta, Canada:
You seem to have missed the point of DCG’s post and seem intent on side-tracking it to national aborigines. Good grief.
The point of her post is about how a very small fringe minority are hi-jacking the curriculum of British Columbia’s school system into the indoctrination of same-sex marriage and transgenderism — all under the guise of anti-bullying.

pastorfergus
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From what you’ve written, I believe that we share as a fundamental conviction the value of the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12), to do to others as we would have others do to us, and that this includes not subjecting others to bullying. I also would say that the Golden Rule is important enough to be part of the core curriculum of all schools.

pastorfergus
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I understand the points that you are making. I’ll just add that, like you, I don’t believe in bullying – and the reason I don’t is that I do believe in the Golden Rule, that we should treat others as we would wish to be treated.

sage_brush sagebrushsays
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sage_brush sagebrushsays

Pastor, I think what my dear friend, DCG, is saying, is that the “Day of Pink,” amounts to a wholesale endorsement of what she and I, and most of the members of this fellowship, believe to be extremely sinful behavior. Bullying is wrong in every situation, but indoctrinating children into accepting what God calls abomination, is untenable to us. As a Bible teacher, I fully understand the significance of the marriage of one man and one woman – as it relates to the relationship of Christ and the church. It is holy – anything else is blasphemy. It doesn’t matter… Read more »

Dr. Eowyn
Admin

Why are you intent on misportraying DCG’s post as being pro-bullying? She never ever condoned bullying. The point of her post is that under the guise of anti-bullying, an entire fringe agenda about gays, same-sex marriage, and transgenderism is being promoted and indoctrinated into BC’s school system

josephbc69
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I think the pastor means well, but the real point eludes him.

pastorfergus
Guest

Dr. Eowyn and josephbc69, I nowhere portray DCG’s post as being pro-bullying. Read again my comments, and you’ll see that this is clear. In my last comment, for example, I say, “like you [PLEASE NOTE THESE WORDS], I don’t believe in bullying …” So. Dr. Eowyn, how can you possibly say I am portaying DCG’s post as being pro-bullying? Please point to a single statement anywhere in my comments that does so. I do have to say that it strikes me as ironic that you think DCG’s point is eluding me when you appear to be misunderstanding my own. Regarding… Read more »

Dr. Eowyn
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“I nowhere portray DCG’s post as being pro-bullying.” While that is true, I read your sentence as “I nowhere EXPLICITLY portray DCG’s post as being pro-bullying” because you keep laboring the bullying point with DCG when she’d already made clear her anti-bullying stance. There is such a thing as belaboring the point and protesting too much, which leads me to wonder why you would waste your precious time and energy from your busy pastor work at the self-described “inclusive” St. Paul’s Anglican Church, to write comment after comment over something about which you and the post’s author already agree. Now… Read more »

japoa
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Don’t waste your time trying to get a straight answer from this supposed “man of the cloth ” , because you are not going to get one . Judging by his photo , he’s probably a cath. priest in total denial of what the catholic rel. has done throughout the ages . ( Crusades , molestation , relocation of perps without warning )……….Go ahead Gus and follow up on this comment , but before you do , read ” The Vatican Assassins ” and “The Black Pope ” ……….If that’s not enough info for you , try ” The Vatican… Read more »

Dr. Eowyn
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japoa,
You really need to control your Catholic animus. Pastor Fergus is an ANGLICAN.
Of course, this doesn’t mean the Catholic Church isn’t infested with homosexual priests, some of whom also promote “inclusiveness” like Pastor Fergus.

pastorfergus
Guest

japoa, as Dr. Eowyn points out, I am not a Roman Catholic priest. I am, however, a Christian. So you are quite right that my writing about the vital importance of my Saviour’s Golden Rule is relaying a “kum-bay-ya message,” “Kum ba yah” literally means “come by here” in English, and is part of a prayer for the Lord to come and bring wholeness to a broken world. This is my hope and my prayer for you, for me, and for us all.

pastorfergus
Guest

Dr. Eowyn, it’s unfortunate that you read my sentence as “I nowhere EXPLICITLY portray DCG’s post as being pro-bullying,” rather than the way you should read it: “I NOWHERE (implicitly or explicity) portray DCG’s post as being pro-bullying.” Your perception may be that I am belabouring the bullying point, but I suppose I can’t win this battle anymore, as the more I talk about it, the more I shall seem to be belabouring it. I shall live out the Golden Rule in this matter and treat you with the respect I would like to receive, so I won’t speculate on… Read more »

Dr. Eowyn
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I find it fascinating that for all the time you took to write that very long comment (above), you could easily have answered my question with a quick-and-simple “yes” or “no.” That you’ve chosen not to answer it, but instead repeatedly trot out the “respect” meme, leads any intelligent thinking person to conclude, not unreasonably, that you are avoiding the question because your answer would have been “yes.” My question, again: Are you in favor of the BC school system’s “Day of Pink” agenda — of propaganda about families headed by same-sex homosexuals, gender neutrality (as if there aren’t real… Read more »

japoa
Guest

You are not going to get a straight answer from this man Dr. ………P.C.to the max . If he cannot answer a simple question like you posed to him , how would he answer this question to a person ” on the fence “: IS THERE A GOD OR NOT ?…..There is no grey area . Either yes or no will do .

pastorfergus
Guest

Dear japoa, yes there is a God, and I pray that God’s blessings will be poured out upon you and all of us always.

pastorfergus
Guest

Dr. Eowyn, you are quite right that I chose not to answer your question. As you’ll remember, I said: “I did not decide to ‘crash’ this website to try to promote an agenda, and I am not going to engage in a discussion about human sexuality now.” It is not showing you lack of respect to tell you that I did not make comments on this website to engage in such a discussion. Insisting that, because this is a topic that you want me to talk about, then I have to engage you in this conversation, is indeed rude, in… Read more »

sage_brush sagebrushsays
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sage_brush sagebrushsays

Oh my, Pastor. The misapplication of the Golden Rule has allowed wolves in sheep’s clothing to enter the sleeping church’s folds. Here is the Biblical application: If you were drowning in water, I would make every effort to save you. If you were drowning in sin, I would make every effort to save you. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+1&version=KJV Jude 1:2-4 King James Version (KJV) 2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied. 3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye… Read more »

pastorfergus
Guest

sage_brush, I have two passages from Holy Scripture which I’d like to share with you: 1 Corinthians 4:3-5 and Numbers 6:24-26.

joandarc
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joandarc

pastorfergus: You chose not to identify the homosexual lifestyle/gay marriage and its related agenda as evil; you also chose not to say it is good. You admit you chose not to answer Dr. Eowyn’s clear question directly, citing your emphasis on the Golden Rule and respect, et al. Once again, that was not the question and the Golden Rule and respect is not the issue. I find your comments nauseating, because you give no position on the issue. Sir, you are lukewarm. According to Revelation 3:15,16, God communicates His sentiments and conclusions: : “I know your work; I know that… Read more »

pastorfergus
Guest

joandarc, as I was praying for you, the Lord led me to Ephesians 3:14-20. This is my prayer for you and for me, for his glory.

joandarc
Guest
joandarc

Thank you, as strength and peace from the Triune God is what surpasses all understanding. The Lord led me to Revelations 3:15,16 with regard to you. I also hope you take this quotation to heart.

ML Meachum
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ML Meachum

Our pursuit of God’s holiness must be the life that ALL Christians aspire to. All kinds of sin, including homosexual consensual relationships, are continued acts of unholiness. It is a human being’s selfish defiance that says to God and others “my determination of acceptable holiness” is more important than what you God have clearly stated in your word. The Bible is ageless and timeless, no matter what culture says. Worse yet, many clergy from so called “Christian” churches are either permitting and/or participating in the unholy lifestyle of homosexuality. With that said, cloaking “homosexual diversity” under the guise of “bullying”… Read more »

sage_brush sagebrushsays
Member
sage_brush sagebrushsays

Amen!

josephbc69
Guest

Indeed, and “Phew!” to that strenuous dialogue!