Bible distribution ends in Chilliwack

It was unclear last night what the deletion of Regulation 518 meant for the practice of distributing Gideon Bibles in Chilliwack public schools. A number of stories came out today, however, that start to paint a clearer picture.

First, here’s the mainstream media coverage:

Bibles could return to Chilliwack public schools under new policy – Chilliwack Times

Father’s complaint prompts Chilliwack School Board to nix free Bibles – Metro News

Chilliwack school board puts Bibles on hold – The Province

From the quotes from the superintendent of the Chilliwack School District, it seems that in the absence of a policy, the district cannot distribute Gideon Bibles.

abbotsford-times001However, this victory is only tentative, as the trustees appear eager to draft a policy to ensure Bibles will be distributed next school year (the Gideon’s are finished distributing in Chilliwack for this year). Furthermore, it seems they only agreed to delete this regulation, as it existed in a weird limbo between the Board’s policies and the staff’s regulations to implement that policy.

With no further action on our part, the Board will likely seek to pass a policy similar to Policy 9.60 in School District No. 34 (Abbotsford) that permits the “Distribution of Information or Materials” to students with the approval of the Superintendent.

It is my view, and that of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, that this still contravenes Section 76 that mandates all provincial schools to be secular. Our schools are not for religious advertising and proselytizing.

Therefore, our work continues, in Chilliwack and in other districts across the province.

Donate Now Through!In the new year I hope to expand our work advocacy. Since we began providing our support to Richard Ajabu, we’ve received a number of emails from parents and teachers who are concerned about other ways that religious proselytizing is creeping into the classroom. Documenting and exposing these violations of the School Act will require time and money. If you support this work and our efforts to build a community based on secular ethics, please donate to our year-end fundraising campaign.

Thanks for your continued support.

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  1. Dane Praed said:

    Do you think Chilliwack parents might think twice if they were more informed about the contents of the book?

    For instance, do they really want their little children reading: “There she lusted after her lovers whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses. So you longed for the lewdness of your youth, when in Egypt your bosom was caressed and your breasts fondled.” Ezekiel 23:20-21

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