A school based in Camrose and other small towns in the area have agreed to remove bible verses that are offensive to other students from different religions.
CAMROSE, ALBERTA: The Battle River School Division (BRSD) based in Camrose has ordered Cornerstone Christian Academy (CCA) to refrain from reading or studying “any scripture that could be considered offensive to particular individuals.”
The school board trustees meet this Thursday June 15 in Camrose (5402 48A Ave), starting at 9:00 a.m. In the afternoon, trustees will consider finalizing their decision to demand that this Christian school refrain from teaching Bible verses that trustees or others might consider “offensive”.
In correspondence with the school, School Board Chair Laurie Skori claims that human rights legislation prevents religious schools from teaching what a child, or a parent, might find “offensive.”
The written legal agreement between the school and school board serves to fulfil the Alberta government’s objective to support diversity and parent choice through alternative programs. Under Alberta law, these alternative programs include schools dedicated to various religious teachings (including Christianity, Judaism, Sikhism and Islam), sports, differing educational philosophies, etc. In the agreement, BRSD promised: “The Board will not attempt to change the essential nature of the CCA program, as set out in the agreed upon School Vision and Purpose as outlined in Schedule A.” The School Vision and Purpose document clearly commits Cornerstone to be a Christian School, based on teaching from the Bible.