Alberta Christian School Told They Can’t Teach ‘Offensive’ Scripture

The school board first asked Cornerstone Christian Academy (CCA) in Kingman, Alberta to  remove Biblical passages from its student handbook.  The school complied.

On Thursday, Battle River School Division (BRSD) board met with officials of Cornerstone Christian Academy (CCA) in Kingman, Alberta to discuss the board’s request to drop certain Bible verses from its student handbook, CBC reported.

The Christian school’s handbook contained a reference to I Corinthians 6:9-11, which states that neither “fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate … shall inherit the kingdom of God.” The document also includes a verse from the fifth chapter of Galatians which refers to adultery, fornication, uncleanness and lasciviousness.

BRSD’s Diane Hutchinson said trustees were concerned that the verses in the handbook might contravene Alberta’s human rights legislation, but CCA board chair Deanna Margel said that the reference is a scriptural footnote in an updated Statement of Faith.

Margel said that the academy has agreed to drop the Bible verses from the handbook, but the school has raised concerns that the board now wants to limit what Bible passages can be taught to the students.  ChristianTimes

Now the school board wants to edit what Biblical passages can be taught.

Evangelical Christians are under fire as an Alberta school board is demanding a Christian school stop teaching “offensive” scripture that indicts homosexuality as a sin, the National Post reports.

The offending passage is from 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, which states: “Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

The Battle River School Division (BRSD) first asked Cornerstone Christian Academy, not far from the Alberta capital of Edmonton, to remove the scripture from the school’s statement of faith. They also asked that the word “quality” be redacted from the mission statement that the school offers “quality educational programming.”

CCA agreed to the demands. Board chairwoman Laurie Skori then said that wouldn’t be enough. The school would have to cease from even teaching the scripture, saying that “any scripture that could be considered offensive to particular individuals should not be read or studied in school.” She said exactly what she meant in a subsequent piece of correspondence that read: “For example: any teachings that denigrate or vilify someone’s sexual orientation.”

That was too much for the school. CCA chairwoman Deanna Margel said the school had a right to teach what it wants.  DailyCaller

School board meeting

Parents and supporters of the Cornerstone Christian Academy packed the meeting of the Battle River School Division board after they were invited by Deanna Margel, the Christian academy’s chairperson.

She was worried the school board would eventually try to dictate what Bible verses the academy could teach.

“There shouldn’t be restrictions on what’s considered offensive,” said Margel. “That’s a violation of freedom of expression and freedom of speech.”

School board backtracking after publicity?

Skori added that the school board does not want or intend to restrict any of the school’s religious teachings.

“The board does not want to get involved in things like that. I think it’s up to the school to decide what things are appropriate or not,” Skori said.

Battle River board trustees said they believe the verses might contravene Alberta’s human rights code.

‘The Cornerstone society has compromised our reputation, risked our safety and broken our trust.’- Laurie Skori, school board chair

At Thursday’s meeting, the board was planning to update the public that the academy had agreed to refrain from using the scripture. But instead, board chair Laurie Skori spoke about Cornerstone’s chairwoman taking issue publicly with the request.

“We are disappointed by the way in which the [Cornerstone] society has turned our discussion into a public spectacle,” said Skori.

“We are now at the centre of a firestorm as a result of information distributed without our knowledge, by the Cornerstone Christian School Society board and their partner in this process, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms,” she said.  CBA

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