Regarding the recent events of the past three months occurring within the public, separate and home schools, it is important to clarify that there is more at work here than meets the eye as we speak about violated human rights.
In terms of the conflict here in Wetaskiwin regarding the “Our Father” prayer, those who believe Christianity is best taken out of the routine because it is religious do not see to realize that there is other religion present that has not been addressed.
What I speak of is primarily yoga, observed in most schools, which is an integral part of the Hindu religion. Every pose is adoration to one of more than 300,000 of their gods. No, it is not just exercise whether you mean it to be or not. It is practiced in this western culture as a debasement of the Hindu faith because it was originally designed specifically as worship. Hindus have a campaign called “Take Back Yoga” to acquaint westerners with the faith that they say underlies every single yoga style followed in gyms, ashrams and spas. “Christian” yoga is a total misnomer.
Then we have the belief in secularism, which is prevalent in the public system. Secular humanism teaches that there is no objective or absolute truths defining right and wrong.
The forced employment of common washrooms for all schools whether they believe in alternate lifestyles or not by the powers that be in government has also been a subject for debate.
Then there is the forced and abrupt closure of Wisdom Home School (which encompasses about half the home school students in the province) on the dubious pretence of financial mismanagement, as officially announced by the government.
This has many, including myself, asking what the agenda of our government is here. It appears that freedom of religion is starting to look like freedom only if it is the “approved” religion of the state.
Suzanne Rabel, RR#1, Wetaskiwin