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“Religious Freedom”
by Art Sadlier   
March 11th, 2012

 Three hundred years ago our forebears came to this country seeking religious freedom. They fled from governments that denied them the religious freedom which they held dearer than life itself.

Today our religious freedom is being stripped away from us.

In Alberta, under Alberta’s proposed new Education Act, homeschoolers and faith-based schools will not be permitted to teach that homosexual acts are sinful as part of their academic program.

“Whatever the nature of schooling – home school, private school, Catholic school – we do not tolerate disrespect for differences,” Donna McColl, the assistant director of communications, told Life Site News on Wednesday evening. [Notice that the issue is conformity to a set of values that many do not subscribe to.]

McColl went on to say, “A fundamental nature of our society is to respect diversity.” That clearly implies that instead of condemning homosexuality it must be respected. That is a command to give public approval to the sin of homosexuality. ["Respect for diversity" as implied here with regard to homosexuality, is a new set of values unknown to almost all societies for thousands of years.]

The HSLDA and other homeschooling groups warned this week that the new Alberta Education Act, which was re-tabled by Alison Redford’s Progressive Conservative government on February 14th to replace the existing School Act, threatens to mandate “diversity” education in all schools, including home schools.

Section 16 of the new legislation restates the current School Act’s requirement that schools “reflect the diverse nature” of Alberta in their curriculum, but it adds that they must also “honour and respect” the controversial Alberta Human Rights Act that has been used to target Christians with traditional beliefs on homosexuality. ‘School’ is defined to include homeschoolers and private schools in addition to publicly funded school boards. [Total conformity is being demanded.]

Pressed about what the precise distinction is between homeschoolers’ instruction and their family life, McColl said the question involved “real nuances” and she would have to get back with specifics.

But in a second interview Wednesday evening, McColl said the government “won’t speculate” about particular examples, and explained that she had not yet gotten a “straight answer” on what exactly constitutes “disrespect.” She did say that families “can’t be hatemongering, if you will.” [That means the state has the right to determine what is morally acceptable and all must conform - could the state decide that murder was morally acceptable as long as it was not an expression of hate.]

In the first interview, she justified the government’s position by pointing to Friday’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the Quebec government’s refusal to exempt families from its controversial ethics and religious culture program. That program, which aims to present the spectrum of world religions and lifestyle choices from a “neutral” stance, is required of all students, including homeschoolers.

“Just last Friday, February 16, the Supreme Court of Canada released a unanimous decision on – now it’s S.L. v. the Commission scolare des Chênes 2012 – and that’s the same, section 16 has to apply to everyone, including home education families,” she said.

Pro-family observers warned that the ruling risked emboldening other provincial governments in their effort to impose “diversity” programs. The last two years have seen major battles in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, and now Alberta over the increasing normalization of homosexuality in the schools. [The school system is forcing conformity to its chosen set of values and rejecting the values of churches and Christians, and other religious groups.]

Patty Marler, government liaison for the Alberta Home Education Association, said she was surprised at the Ministry’s straightforwardness, and questioned how they are going to be able to draw the line between school time and family time.

“We educate our children all the time, and that’s just the way we live. It’s a lifestyle,” she said. “Making that distinction between the times when we’re homeschooling and when we’re just living is really hard to do.”

“Throw in the fact that I do use the Bible as part of my curriculum and now I’m very blatantly going to be teaching stuff that will be against the [human rights act],” she said.

Marler pointed out that the issue has direct implications on how families teach their children about marriage because the Alberta Human Rights Act was amended in 2009 to define marriage as between two “persons” instead of a man and a woman. “When I read Genesis and it talks about marriage being one man in union with one woman, I am very, very clearly opposing the human rights act that says its’ one person marrying another person,” she said.

It is noted that the issue with McColl’s statements “isn’t about sexuality or anything else on the gay issue, it’s about the government trying to control how we teach our own children in our own homes.” We are seeing the long arm of government reaching into family homes to control what they teach to their own children in their own homes about religion, sexuality, and morality.  [The moral agenda of the government is overruling the moral values of the family, the church, the Christian and many others in society. That is a violation of the true intention of the concept of separation of Church and State.]

We are now living in a society that demands tolerance of sin. The government is now making it illegal to condemn sin. We are reminded what the apostles said when the authorities demanded that they disobey God, as our authorities are commanding us to do.

"Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:29). Our religious freedom is being extinguished. We now have to choose between obeying the laws of the land or going to Jail for obeying God. How quickly the transition is being made.

Paul said, "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them" (Ephesians 5:11).

In Quebec, the law of the land demands that every child in the province be subjected to a religious curriculum that will present error as being a legitimate option to what they now believe. Jesus said, "No man comes to the Father but by me." Now the children will be taught, by authority figures, that there are many ways to heaven. They will also be taught to accept and respect diversity, which means homosexuality.

As previously stated, a group of Quebec parents challenged this law, arguing that parents should have the right to opt out of this curriculum. Friday, March 16, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favour of Quebec, denying parental right to opt out.

Religious freedom is now gone in Quebec, and parents that defy this law will probably go to jail.

For nearly 300 years we have enjoyed religious freedom, which is almost unprecedented in the history of the church. What must we now do in response to this oppression that is about to fall upon us? We must do what all of our brothers and sisters have done in bygone days as they faced persecution for obedience to God’s Word. We must obey God and pay man's price for our obedience to Him.

The present day educational system, is apparently, not intended to impart knowledge and enlightenment. It is not designed to open minds and promote individual expression and creativity. It seems to be designed to make students conform to secular humanism and to conform the agenda of the social engineers in control.

A grade one boy was playing in a school yard on a Saturday with his toy BB gun with no one else in the yard. He was suspended from school. The purpose was not discipline or correction, but to force conformity to the system.

Discipline to correct is being replaced with the forcing of conformity to the secular humanist agenda, which is a new religion.

I recently watched a TV program on TVO. A teacher was imparting to kindergarten children the idea of diversity. The program closed with a little four or five year old boy stating, "If two women love each other and want to get married that is okay." That is obviously the result of indoctrination. The school system is imparting to our children the values of secular humanism and destroying the teaching of God’s Word.

The educational system is about control. If there is to be an effective world government all must be forced to conform, there is no room for freedom or individuality. The groundwork must be laid for a totalitarian society, and the school system is the starting point.

On a wider scale the whole world is being forced to conform to the one world agenda. We have the global warming issue, with the demand for global regulation to solve the problem.

We have the economic issue with the movement to global economic regulation. We have the embryonic world court. We have UNESCO with its impact on culture, education and human rights.

In Revelation 13:15-17 we have the full blown world government with its total control over the entire population. "And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."

The preparations are now being made for that coming kingdom. Control and conformity are foundation stones of this coming kingdom.

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