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3/8/2012 3:49:21 PM
Mike Smith, HSLDA
Help Stop Law Requiring Homeschoolers to Teach "Tolerance!"

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Help Stop Law Requiring Homeschoolers to Teach "Tolerance!"

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

HSLDA of Canada is asking for our help! Our homeschooling brothers
and sisters to the north (Alberta) are facing the possibility that
they will be banned from teaching during schooltime that the Bible is
true. The law would require that homeschoolers' academic content
contain politically correct views such as tolerance for controversial
lifestyles. Paul Faris, president of HSLDA of Canada, says the law
would subject homeschool families to the Alberta Human Rights Act
which has been used to target Christians and conservatives,
particularly those families with religious and traditional views about
homosexuality.

Paul is asking that homeschooling families across North America call
and email Alberta's education minister and premier for one day only on
Friday, March 9, 2012. Their contact information is at the end of
Paul's alert below. It is fine to indicate that you are calling from
the U.S., if asked, and always remember to be polite but passionate.

This is truly an international homeschool freedom issue that could
affect our freedom in the U.S.! This approach to controlling
homeschooling is gaining momentum in academic circles and in the media
as discussed in HSLDA Chairman Mike Farris's November 2010 Court
Report cover story, "The Third Wave of Homeschooling Persecution."
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13992 . In that article Mike
writes:

"Now you understand what they mean to accomplish with mandatory
teaching of tolerance. They aim to stop you from teaching your own
children that Jesus is the only way to God. The American Bar
Association (ABA) recognized all of this years ago in a book it
published promoting the ratification of the Convention on the Rights
of the Child. According to the ABA, a church school that taught that
other worldviews are unacceptable and that Jesus is the only way to
God would be teaching lessons that 'fly in the face' of Article 29 of
the CRC."

The Third Wave has already reached homeschoolers in Alberta, Canada.
We ask you to stand with them in such a time as this! Please pray
throughout the day on Friday as the Lord leads you.

We greatly value you and your support--it is a privilege to serve you!
If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you consider
taking a moment today to join or recommend us and support our work
defending individual families threatened by government officials and
protecting homeschooling freedom for all? Join now >>
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13993

Michael Smith
HSLDA President

From HSLDA of Canada:

TIME TO TURN UP THE PRESSURE IN ALBERTA

We need calls from across North America

In spite of the well-articulated concerns of homeschooling families,
the Alberta government is continuing to drive toward the swift passage
of their intrusive legislation. Bill 2 is the new Education Act that
will mandate compliance with the Alberta Human Rights legislation for
all students in Alberta: including homeschooled students in their own
homes. The government's spokesperson, Donna McColl, has stated,
"Whatever the nature of schooling--homeschool, private school,
Catholic school--we do not tolerate disrespect for differences."
Although these statements were later repudiated, they clearly show
that even within the government, there are those who would use this
legislation to limit the freedom of parents to pass their beliefs on
to their children.

Click on the links below for background on the case and a more
complete description of the problems with Bill 2.

HSLDA of Canada blog:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13994
Alberta Home Education Association:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13995
To date we have asked that only Alberta families contact the Alberta
government so that elected officials can hear from their own
constituents. Even though thousands have voiced their concerns, the
Alberta government is ignoring their calls for change. On Monday
approximately 500 homeschoolers held a peaceful rally at the Alberta
legislature. Even though Minister of Education Thomas Lukaszuk was
present at the rally, he later tweeted, "Attended a rally put on by
some home schoolers who protest against human rights in education." It
seems clear that the Alberta government is choosing to ignore our
concerns.

We need to turn up the pressure!

If you live in Alberta, please keep calling. For those of you in the
rest of Canada and the United States, now is the time to support your
fellow homeschoolers in Alberta.

For one day only, this Friday March 9, we need as many calls as
possible from across North America to show the depth of concern with
this harmful bill.

Please call, asking the government to support the following amendments
to Bill 2 which will be introduced by the Wildrose Education Critic
Rob Anderson. Mr. Anderson will move that Section 16 be removed and
substituted with the following:

"16 Education programs offered and instructional materials used in
schools must not promote or foster doctrines of racial or ethnic
superiority or persecution, religious intolerance or persecution,
social change through violent action or disobedience of laws."

It is likely that the phone lines will be very busy. After you have
called, please send a short email setting out your concerns and
letting them know that you called so that they have a record of your
concerns.
Please call the following offices:


Hon. Thomas Lukaszuk, education minister
423 Legislature Building
10800 - 97 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB
Canada T5K 2B6
Phone: (780) 427-5010
Fax: (780) 427-5018
edmonton.castledowns@assembly.ab.ca

Premier Alison Redford
Office of the Premier
Room 307, Legislature Building
10800-97 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2B7
Phone: 780-427-2711 (ask to be connected with the premier's office)
Email: Use this form. http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13996

Sincerely,

Paul D. Faris
President, HSLDA of Canada

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-> Have you ever yelled into the wind, only to hear the sound of your
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It's hard to be heard in the midst of a storm. Trying to influence
federal legislation is much like yelling to be heard while
standing in a fierce wind. Yet when 80,000 voices join together,
they become a powerful force that cannot be drowned out.
Join HSLDA to be heard above the tempests that threaten homeschool
freedoms.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1939

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