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Positive meeting with Minister Johnson

On June 13,  2012, AHEA had a meeting with Education Minister Jeff Johnson.  The meeting was cordial with a good exchange of ideas.  We possess circumspect optimism and look forward to continuing to work with Minister Johnson.
Mr. Johnson reported the meeting with AHEA to the Global Television and this may be viewed at

http://www.globaltvedmonton.com/video/news+hour+jun+13/video.html?v=2245711438&p=1&s=dd#newshour/video/search/education%20minister%20  approximately minute 8:00

Please continue to pray for positive legislation and for God to guide AHEA's board. 

eNews: Meeting with Minister Johnson and Death of Section 13








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Meeting with Education Minister Johnson

AHEA will be meeting with Minister Johnson on Wednesday, June 13. Please
pray for the Holy Spirit to lead the meeting, and for changes to the
Education Act which will glorify Him. Please pray for all of Alberta’s
Education Legislation.

The Death of Section 13 (Hate Speech Clause) of Canada’s Federal Human Rights
Act: A Win for Freedom of Speech

On June 6, 2012, a private member’s Bill calling for the removal of
section 13 of the Canadan Human Rights Legislation received 3rd reading in
Canada’s federal parliament with a supportive vote of 153-136. Brian Storseth,
the Member of Parliament from Westlock - St-Paul who introduced the private
members bill, stated “this is a good step for freedom in our country and a
step forward especially for freedom of expression and freedom of religion.”
According to Mr. Storseth, the removal of s.13 from the Federal Human Rights
Act “frees up Canadians to have good political and theological dialogues
without having the fear of repercussions.”

(http://www.qr77.com/news/audiovault/
- June 7, at 9:00 a.m. at approximately 35 minutes.)

When asked on on the Dave Rutherford show on June 7, 2012 why it was
important to repeal this so called “Hate Speech Clause” from the Human Rights
Legislation, Mr. Storseth indicated that people who were accused under this
clause were subject to  ‘back alley justice’. “They end up going before
a quasi-judicial body where the rules of evidence aren’t clear, (and) truth
and intent aren’t justifiable defenses. . .” “(Hate speech crimes) are serious
crimes that should be investigated by police officers and presided over by
real lawyers and judges not civil servants who get to decide what is and what
isn’t freedom of expression in our country.” Mr. Storseth stated that we have
Criminal Code provisions to deal with hate speech in a transparent and fair
legal system and that Human Rights Legislation should not be dealing with
this.

Mr. Storseth went on to discuss provincial Human Rights Legislation and
voiced his “. . . hope that provinces will take light from the federal
jurisdiction. . . and start repealing their own sections. . .” He indicated
that this was of importance specifically to Albertans, as our ‘hate speech
clause’, section 3, is still in place. Mr. Storseth indicated that Premier
Redford promised in her leadership race that she was going to get rid of that
section, but thus far, this has not happened.

AHEA is encouraging individuals to speak to their MLA’s about their
pleasure with the removal of the Federal Hate Speech Clause from the Federal
Human Rights Legislation and to encourage them to have Ms. Redford follow
through on her promise to have s.3 removed from Alberta’s Human Rights
Legislation.


Further Light Brought to the Attack on Parental Roles

Across the world, attention is being brought to the attack on the role of parents and family.  There is a “disconcerting trend... on the part of some to downplay the role of parents in the upbringing of their children, as if to suggest somehow that it is not the role of parents, but that of the State”  says the Holy See Delegation to the United Nations. In reference to the educational process, the Delegation further states that “the State should respect the choices that parents make for their children and avoid attempts at ideological indoctrination.” http://www.holyseemission.org/pdf/CPD45%202012.pdf   April 24, 2012.
 
In opposition to this trend, The Holy See Delegation is quoted,  "As affirmed in international law, States are called to have respect for the freedom of parents to choose for their children schools,”(which they later go on to include home schooling as one of these alternatives) “other than those established by the public authorities, to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions which equally applies to their right to make judgments on moral issues regarding their children (cf., e.g., UDHR, Article 26, 3, ICESCR, Article 13, 3, and the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, Article 12, 4)."
 
This broadening awareness of the attacks on parental roles is encouraging.

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