Parents weigh in on Catholic schools' gay policy
Catholic school parents have weighed in with opinions on the new policy on gay students at a meeting Thursday night.
The 'One Heart' policy was written by the Catholic Episcopal Corporation in co-operation with the Department of Education but many people questioned the need for a separate policy for the Catholic schools.
Tjiske van der Eide was one of several parents who don't like the policy.
"We are a school, not a church, not a seminary. We live in a democracy, not a theocracy."
Brian Blindheim wanted to know why Whitehorse bishop Gary Gordon wasn't at the meeting.
"I mean if this is so important to him, why doesn't he come and talk to us?"
Many parents want Catholic schools to use the Yukon government policy instead but a few, like Greg Janiga, defended the church.
"The bible clearly talks that homosexuals will not enter the kingdom of heaven. These are Catholic schools, they teach Catholicism. If you don't like it, there's public schools."
That comment prompted Leah White to wonder how she could do just that.
"Please tell me how I get my money back, because this is a publicly funded school. I choose for my children to be there because I fund it."
The deputy minister of education, Val Royle, promises the process of arriving at a final policy will be transparent and a complete summary of comments will be made public, although names will be kept confidential.
Royle says that all the comments will be sent to the Catholic school councils, the Catholic Episcopal Corporation, and the department of education.
The deadline for comments is October 11th. People can access the document through the Yukon department of education's main webpage.