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Monday, April 16, 2012
Protests against McGuinty gay-focused ‘anti-bullying’ bill gathering momentum
KITCHENER, Ontario, April 16, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The protest against the Ontario Liberal government’s controversial gay-focused anti-bullying legislation, Bill 13, is gathering momentum as a second rally is set to take place in Kitchener on Saturday April 28 at 10:00 a.m.
The rally will be held at the constituency office of Kitchener-Centre Liberal MPP John Milloy, 6C-1770 King Street East, from 10:00 to 11:00 in the morning. It seeks to defend parental rights and religious freedom against what critics have called deeply flawed legislation.
“This proposed legislation by Dalton McGuinty’s Ontario government will subvert parental rights and freedom of religion. It will cause schools to teach children controversial sex ed theories that violate the religious and moral convictions of many parents about human sexuality,” said rally organizer Kim Galvao, head of Concerned Catholic Parents of Ontario (CCPO).
Some 2,000 people attended a previous rally against Bil 13 at Queen's Park.
CCPO is a group of parents and other Catholics who believe that the state is increasingly trespassing on parental rights and pushing programs in our schools which undermine the Christian values parents instil in their kids at home.
“The state must not be allowed to take away our rights with Bill 13,” Galvao said. “Let’s tell McGuinty and all MPPs to vote NO to Bill 13. We support genuine efforts to reduce bullying, but Bill 13 is a veiled attempt to push a sex ed agenda, under the guise of anti-bullying.”
The controversial bill, called the Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy, would impose tougher consequences, including expulsion, for “bullying and hate-motivated actions.”
However, though it deals with bullying in general, the government has laid a clear emphasis on homosexuality-related bullying, with the bill mandating that schools support students who want to start gay-straight alliances. Premier Dalton McGuinty has said he aims to reform the province’s “attitudes” on homosexuality, a process he says “should begin in the home.”
A rally (http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/boisterous-ethnically-diverse-crowd-at-ontario-legislature-demands-bill-13) held at Queen’s Park in Toronto on March 29 drew an estimated 2,000 concerned parents from a wide range of ethnic and faith communities.
At that rally Kim Galvao said that she organized the protest because the government was not responding to her serious concerns about the legislation.
“There was just silence and so I just felt I needed to do something,” Galvao stated.
“I am alarmed to see a sexual agenda imposed on our schools by the Liberal government. ... As a mom I do not want my children taught that there are seven different genders. As a mom, I do no want my young children taught the disputed theory that a person’s gender is not connected to their physical anatomy,” Galvao said.
Video footage of the Queen’s Park rally is available here.
Galvao is calling on “all people concerned about Bill 13, and the undermining of our values, to please join us for the ‘Stop Bill 13’ protest rally at John Milloy’s Kitchener-Centre Electoral District Office, 6C-1770 King Street East, on April 28 at 10:00 a.m.”
The CCPO asks that homemade signs for the rally be respectful and use only the following slogans:
No to Bill 13
Protect our Children
Protect our Parental Rights
Protect Religious Freedom
Bill 13 Bullies Parents
“We hope that you will all come and make your voices heard,” Galvao concluded.
Two Facebook pages have been set up: The official Stop Bill 13 Facebook fan page is available here.
The official Stop Bill 13 Facebook Event page is available here.
Find contact info for Members of Provincial Parliament here.