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All Albertan Kids deserve safety at school. Defund the Meadow & Harvest Baptist Academy.

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Two weeks ago Albertan Education Minister David Eggen penned a letter saying LGBTQ2+ students had a right to feel safe in their school. The letter was widely shared and many members of the LGBTQ2+ community publicly expressed appreciation to the Minister for his support. Now it is time for Minister Eggen to walk his talk.

Pastor Brian Coldwell, chair of the Independent Baptist Christian Education Society which runs the Meadow Baptist Academy and Harvest Baptist Academy in rural Parkland County – when speaking on new LGBTQ2+ policies and requirements in the Albertan education system recently told CBC: "There is no way under heaven I'm going to allow gay activists to come in here and basically undermine our ministries and our religious freedoms or confuse and corrupt our children."

If schools that receive Albertan education funding dollars do not want to follow the law – they should not continue to be funded by the taxpayer, obviously. Tax money is not meant to subsidize spaces that make LGBTQ2+ students unsafe. Every student has a right to attend school in a safespace, Brian Coldwell has repeatedly demonstrated in public he is incapable of providing that - including during a bizarre interview on Ryan Jespersen's radio show a few weeks ago where he discussed ex-gay "Pray the Gay away" conversion techniques which can cause irreversible psychological damage and amounts to child abuse.

The Independent Baptist Christian Education Society receives between 60-70% of its instructional funding from the Government of Alberta, according to CBC. The Independent Baptist Christian Academy has received nearly $4,500,000 in taxpayer money since 2010-2011, according to Progress Alberta.

We want action now – any children undergoing irreversible psychological damage from pray the gay away techniques or similar conversion therapies, cannot wait any longer. Any student contemplating suicide for being legally obligated to show up every weekday to a school where they feel unsafe, cannot wait any longer. Any Trans student terrified to vocalize their truth because they know their school Administration helped to organize the Anti-Trans’ rights rally at the legislature a few months ago, cannot wait any longer. We have no more time to wait, now is the time for action - now is the time for the Minister to walk his talk.

Sign this petition if you think schools who refuse to follow public rules should not receive any public dollars, and phone Education Minister David Eggen at 780-427-5010 to let him know you want immediate action on the schools being subsidized to make children unsafe.

We want action now, we can't wait any longer.



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