Dear Premier Wynne…

Ever since the announcement of the new Ontario Sex Ed. curriculum by Premier Wynne two weeks ago there has been a flurry of letter-writing, online petitions by the various media groups and loads of talk on talk radio and the like.  Some outlets, obviously in favour of the proposed curriculum, have stressed only what’s new to the updated program like sexting, etc., not only showing their bias but perhaps hoping that they will aid the smooth acceptance of this intolerable scheme by putting the people of Ontario to sleep while leading them to think there’s no big deal about this proposal in the first place save for the concerns of a few ‘religious’ fanatics in the province.

Below you will read a letter which has been making the rounds on the internet this week, and for good reason.  While there have been so many opinions and so much discussion about this issue, the letter to the Premier seems to hit the nail on the head.  I took this copy of the letter from but you can find it in so many places on the internet.

I wonder if our parishioners are reading the many and various types of articles online about the sex ed. curriculum.  I know I have seen and read so many of them from psychologists who say that it is tantamount to abuse of children who are too young to process these kinds of teachings to Church leaders who state that it is clearly, whether parents are religious or not, a taking away of parental rights by a government body who believes they know what is best for parents.  The prime role of teacher is transferred in this new curriculum from parent to government and schools.

We humans tend to have short memories.  My concern is that this issue will die down with the coming of spring and nicer weather when people turn to other things and look forward to summer.  The summer holidays will come and go and the new curriculum will be introduced when the new school year starts come September and the passion and zeal of many parents will have waned through the passing of time.  I believe that this is not going to be a fight by our bishops but a fight by the parents of Ontario themselves who must see the threat of this new sex ed. curriculum for what it is and, as a repeat of 2010, send a resounding ‘NO’ to Queen’s Park before September 2015.

Fulton Sheen said, “We are living at a time when what one generation abhors, the next generation passively accepts.”  Let’s pray that this statement won’t be true this time.  (Fr. Charles)

Editor’s note: Ontario parent Ryan McConaghy wrote the following letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne last week after she defended her education credentials to MPP Monte McNaughton in the legislature. The premier’s remarks garnered wide media coverage because she implied that McNaughton’s criticism of the sex ed program is ‘homophobic.’

Dear Premier:

Further to the comments that you made earlier today at Queen’s Park to Monte McNaughton, I would still like to know what makes you qualified to advise how, when and what my two daughters are taught regarding human sexuality.  I assure you that neither your position as Premier, nor your status as a woman, nor your status as a mother, nor your status as a former school trustee, nor your Master’s Degree, nor your status as the former Minister of Education qualify you in the least.  The reality is that nothing qualifies you or your government to provide the moral framework within which my children are to be taught about human sexuality. 

Ms. Premier, if you are so passionate about the new sex education curriculum, then why didn’t you have the courage of your convictions to run on that policy last spring during the election?  Surely you knew that you would have been soundly defeated, just as your predecessor had been on this particular issue when he tried to sneak it through the legislature in 2010.  And yet your government pretends that the opponents of this curriculum are a small minority of religious fanatics!  The reality is that the vast majority of parents in this province do not want your pet social engineering project passed.  These people are not merely the knuckle dragging, religious people that you and your Minister of Education loathe so much.  They come from various educational and cultural backgrounds.  I, for one, am a lawyer and my wife is a public school teacher.  We do not neatly fit your stereotypes, and we abhor the cradle-to-grave Ontario that you are creating; an Ontario that is both morally and financially bankrupt. 

By the way, Ms. Sandals’ comments today which linked opponents of your legislation with those who oppose the teaching of evolution were quite condescending and intolerant.  You, of all people, should not stand for such intolerance.  The tolerance that has been extended to you as a lesbian woman should also be extended by you, and your cabinet, to religious minorities who do not share your views (and with whom you profoundly disagree). 

I implore you on behalf of the parents of this province, and their impressionable children (who cannot speak for themselves), to change your policy on this matter immediately.                                 Regards, Ryan McConaghy

 “Who is going to save our Church?  Not our bishops and religious.  It is you, the people (the Laity).  You have the minds, the eyes, the ears to save the Church.  Your mission is to see that your priests act as priests, your bishops like bishops, and your religious act like religious.” (Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen in an address to the Knights of Columbus, June, 1972)

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