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Trustee's posts on 2SLGBTQIA+ values criticized, defended at FMCSD board assembly

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Trustee Jonathan Higdon is just not resigning from the Fort McMurray Catholic Faculty Division (FMCSD), and rejected accusations that a few of his Fb posts are hateful in the direction of 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals.

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Following an emotional Monday assembly at Father Mercredi Excessive Faculty, Higdon mentioned in a video on his Fb web page he didn’t imply to offend anybody, however he’s not apologizing for beliefs he argues are typical of a Catholic faculty trustee.

“Should you had been damage by issues or misinterpreted one thing I mentioned, that I’ll apologize for. I didn’t intend so that you can be damage and I don’t need your coronary heart to harm,” he mentioned. “All of us have completely different beliefs. However as for me and my home, we’re going to consider biblical values and what the Bible says.”

Higdon’s first put up confirmed a mom and father shielding their youngsters from a rainbow, with the caption “I’ll train my little one so there isn’t any confusion.”

“It’s time to be much less tolerant of right now’s worldly ideologies,” he wrote, including his put up “doesn’t imply I’m homophobic, doesn’t imply I don’t respect folks that suppose in another way” and “neither of our opinions is lower than the others.”

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The second put up mentioned “it’s an abomination to suppose {that a} God made you a male whenever you had been speculated to be feminine and vice versa. God doesn’t make errors.”

Higdon denied these feedback had been hateful in the direction of 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals or that he known as them an abomination, arguing “that isn’t religion.” He mentioned he has nothing private towards 2SLGBTQIA+ college students being open about their beliefs, and is ok with households elevating youngsters with the values of the 2SLGBTQIA+ group.

“You are able to do no matter you need. You’re free to worship who, the place and whenever you need. You’re free to decorate how you want. However as for the way in which I elevate my children in my home, we’re going to uphold biblical values first,” he mentioned. “That shouldn’t be a loopy thought, to suppose that an individual that’s serving on a Catholic board would uphold biblical values.”

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Higdon additionally instructed supporters to learn an FMCSD board assertion printed after the assembly. The assertion mentioned FMCSD is “dedicated to variety, inclusion and fairness inside our faculties and group… regardless of sexual orientation or gender.” The board guarantees to fulfill with Pleasure YMM and different group teams “to reaffirm and construct upon our inclusive practices.”

Higdon faces criticisms, assist from group

Audio system Michael Jesso and Pleasure YMM chair Mitchel Bowers argued Higdon’s libertarian strategy in the direction of his religion and 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals is inappropriate for an elected official.

Bowers known as Higdon’s beliefs “outdated” and urged mother and father to reject themHe accused FMCSD of failing the 2SLGBTQIA+ group in previous months. Lately a rainbow show was faraway from Holy Trinity Excessive Faculty, Pleasure Week was shortened to a day and a trainer misgendered a transgender guardian.

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The Two Spirit Progress Pleasure Flag designed by Pleasure YMM committee chair Mitchel Bowers at Keyano Faculty for the opening ceremonies of Pleasure Week on Sunday, June 20, 2022. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community

Jesso and Bowers additionally criticized FMCSD for not renewing the contract of Ashleigh Yuletide, a little one and youth psychologist specializing in gender and 2SLGBTQIA+ youth.

I used to brag to individuals on this group how progressive our Catholic faculty board is,” mentioned Bowers. “The phrases that Trustee Higdon utilized in his put up are disgusting and don’t symbolize the church and religion that I do know.”

Jesso was emotional as he spoke of 5 college students from Father Mercredi Excessive Faculty who dedicated suicide between 1990 and 1994. Jesso blamed a scarcity of emotional and psychological well being helps at FMCSD, and feared the board couldn’t stop related tragedies.

They each spoke of bullying they confronted as youth due to their sexuality. Bowers mentioned his personal struggles along with his identification with none assist twice result in suicide makes an attempt. Bowers demanded an apology. Jesso needed a resignation.

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“Whereas it’s your job to mandate and supply a faith-based schooling, it’s indisputably above all else your accountability to offer a protected studying setting,” mentioned Jesso. “The board that had 5 lifeless college students vowed to make adjustments and vowed that it wouldn’t occur once more, and it’s your job to hold that torch.”

After the shows, about 75 per cent of attendees gave Higdon a loud cheer and standing ovation when somebody yelled “I, and my home, assist Trustee Higdon!” Higdon’s supporters had been Catholics, Muslims and Christians of assorted denominations. Higdon mentioned in his video he didn’t converse after the shows as a result of he was overwhelmed on the assist.

“I’ve acquired a whole lot of hate, however I’ve acquired extra assist,” he mentioned. “I don’t suppose individuals notice how many individuals really do consider what I consider and what we all know is true biblically.”

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The 2022 Pleasure YMM Pageant at Fort McMurray Heritage Shipyard on Saturday, June 25, 2022. Laura Beamish/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community jpg, FM

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Many FMCSD employees and college students are usually not Catholic, however observe faiths with related values. Higdon’s feedback and their reactions mirror a wider debate on how the fashionable Catholic Church ought to strategy 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals.

The Catholic Church teaches everyone seems to be made both male or feminine, and gay intercourse is a sin. Pope Francis defends these teachings, however advocates for embracing and treating 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals with dignity.

In Alberta, trustees and college directors are separate. Clergy don’t run Catholic faculties or design its curriculum. FMCSD has by no means formally rejected the Catholic Church’s teachings on gender and sexuality, and a few faculties acknowledge the 2SLGBTQIA+ group.

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Some faculties maintain Pleasure occasions and have gender impartial washrooms. Some employees and college students attend Pleasure YMM occasions, and honour most well-liked pronouns. College students can kind 2SLGBTQIA+ golf equipment.

Different Catholic teams discourage these actions. The Calgary Catholic Faculty District requires employees to name college students by the names their mother and father want, even when the scholar disagrees. Thomas Cardinal Collins—the Archbishop of Toronto till his retirement in February and the previous bishop of the diocese overlaying Fort McMurray—urged Catholics to keep away from Pleasure occasions.

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