Ontario Catholic schools changing the names of gay-straight alliances... What's your take?
Here is an article from today’s Toronto Star.
A little info for those who don’t know: Ontario has two school boards, the public and the Catholic. Both are public, meaning that they’re open to everyone, but religion classes are taught in Catholic schools, and the kids participate in occasional masses and are taken through the sacraments as they come along (i.e. first communion, first confession, confirmation).
So in this case, public means non-Catholic, and Catholic means Catholic.
Now the Catholic board (which encompasses both elementary and high schools) has decided to change the term for “gay-straight alliances” to “Respecting Differences clubs” as per the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association. A representative for the OCST is quoted in the article as saying:
“We have nothing against homosexuals, but it’s the (homosexual) act that is in contradiction of the teachings of the church.”
I’m assuming that the “homosexual act” being alluded to here is that of sodomy, because that’s what’s forbidden by the bible (at least that’s my understanding; if I’m wrong, kindly clarify the situation for me). So… does that mean lesbians are cool?
I just don’t quite get this. What’s your opinion?