To nobody’s surprise, the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, and the network of schools they own known as OneSchool Global, are not fans of gay people.
The CBC reported recently that two of the PBCC schools in Manitoba – Sterling North Stonewall and Sterling West Pambina – lost a fight in federal court to keep their identities secret after they asked the Canadian Museum for Human Rights to censor their students from LGBT material during museum tours.
The attempt to keep their identities secret was prompted by an access to information request.
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The two Sterling schools, one in Stonewall, Man., about 30 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg, and the other in St. Vincent, Minn., just over the U.S. border about 100 km south of Winnipeg, had students in grades seven to 12 tour the museums. They and groups from Mallard School, Springwell Colony School, Omega School and Interlake Hutterian Schools all asked for censored tours.
For those of us familiar with the M.O. of the PBCC, this attempt to hide their actual beliefs is unsurprising. After all, this is a group that has attempted to deal with members who are gay by prescribing them the same medication used to chemically castrate pedophiles. The argument the PBCC attempted to make centered around the notion that they were really just protecting the privacy of their students, a legal argument put forth by their attorney, former general counsel to the Conservative Party of Canada and former lawyer for ex prime minister Stephen Harper, Gerald Chipeur.
Chipeur made the startling claim that any bad press received from the public knowing the PBCC schools are homophobic is akin to negative press some schools experience after a mass shooting.
“It is reasonable to assume that this phenomenon is not limited to school shootings but that negative media attention in general will impact enrolment,” Chipeur said in court documents.
Chipeur’s argument collapses under the weight of its own stupidity. By comparing institutional homophobia with school shootings he has attempted to muddy the waters, given that homophobia is based on religious beliefs, and school shootings are random attacks that are near impossible to prevent.
By losing this court battle, calls for an investigation pertaining to the public funds PBCC schools receive are growing.
Blackballed will continue to follow this story as more information becomes available.