Christian father loses appeal to shield kids from LGBT agenda in public school

HAMILTON, November 24, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — A Christian father has lost his appeal in a landmark parental rights case that pitted him against his public school board, the province of Ontario, and the elementary teachers’ union for his attempts to protect his children from possible LGBTQ indoctrination at school.

In a decision released Wednesday, the Ontario Court of Appeal threw out Steve Tourloukis’s case, citing lack of evidence that the school board actually interfered with his ability to bring up his son and daughter in his Greek Orthodox faith.

Tourloukis sued the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board five years ago after it refused his request for advance notice of how and when his children would be taught about sensitive topics, notably homosexuality, abortion, and gender identity, so he could pull them from class if necessary.

  • Bla Bla

    Something tells me if he converted to islam things would have been different.

  • Adam

    Homeschool or private school. This dad doesn’t understand that, once in public school, they cease to be your children.

  • Home-school or charter school.

  • WalterBannon

    homeschool or private school

    also it is time to end the education levy on property taxes. Either EVERYONE pays under income and sales taxes, or just parents pay, but this just property owners pay is nonsense

    • Chris

      Mike Harris took the education levy off of property taxes and replaced it with welfare and social costs. This is why all of the power in education has gone to the province. Municipalities no longer have any say in curriculum, it is in the hands of educrats now. Completely cut off from the public at large. One of the few things that Harris did that I disagreed with.

    • canminuteman

      Renters actually pay more property tax than home owners. A rental apartment building is zoned as a commercial building and taxed at a higher rate than a house, and that expense, just like every other expense is ultimately paid by the tenants.

  • Leave Ontario. Home school smoewhre else.
    And vote the Grits and their SDP enablers out of power.

  • Editor

    Well, as far back as 2012, education officials were openly describing their authority over children as “co-parenting”. I’m not surprised they denied Mr Tourloukis’ case.
    Gregg Bereznick, Superintendent of Education at Waterloo Region District School Board sums it up here :

    • Felix_Culpa

      I remember that story! The scary part is not that teachers think they are “co-parenting.” The scary part is that that quote did NOT cause a revolt! We are so indoctrinated that “Holy Mother State” is the fountain of everything, that most people didn’t even blink to hear teachers claiming to be “co-parents” of their kids.

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  • Felix_Culpa

    As I said on LifeSite, school teachers are supposed to be merely *agents* of the parents. Your relationship with your kids’ school teacher is supposed to be exactly the same as the relationship with the person you hire to (say) teach your kid piano. They are NOT supposed to be taking over your kids like they “own” them. They are NOT supposed to be undermining the values you have at home. That we have let this happen *without a fight* says a lot about the utter flabbiness of modern society. We shouldn’t have to resort to homeschooling.