Sunday, January 27, 2008
Catholic School Boards and the Hate that Kills
As a national gay group launches a survey of homophobia in our schools.
The University of Winnipeg and Egale Canada have launched Canada's first major national student survey of homophobia in schools.
Pendleton said students too often casually toss around "gay" or "fag" as insults in everyday conversation, and too few teachers or fellow students challenge them.
"There's a lot of change in this country for adults, but not really for kids - they're on the front lines...."
Yet another good reason to stop funding Catholic schools.
The Toronto District Catholic School Board has declined to take part in an online survey about homophobia.
Another rejection letter came from the chair of the Wellington Catholic District School Board in Guelph. Rev. Dennis Noon wrote in capital letters "Not interested thank you."
Noon told CBC News homophobia is not a big issue for his board.
What a PIG. Who cares about his fucking board? What about the kids?
Matt at Queer Liberal has written a good post about how homophobia affected him.
And I have written about Canada's shameful bully problem.
As well as many other posts about how I had to fight my way through school after coming out at the age of twelve. And what a bloody experience it was for me AND the bullies.
But it all amounts to this:
When a school board puts its own hideous hatemongering ideology before the interests of children...they don't deserve to exist.
The government should endorse the survey and force the Catholic school boards to take part.
Or take steps to eventually cut their funding.
The sooner we can drive these religious freaks out of our schools.
The safer Canadian children will be...
P.S. If you're a bullied kid in one of those Catholic schools...and nobody will do anything about it.
Do as the kid in this video did....and call for help.
Because NOBODY has the right to hurt or frighten you. Or ignore your pain.
Or even worse....like those dreadful Catholic school boards.
Pretend it doesn't exist..