Canadian Christian School Reportedly Told Not to Teach ‘Offensive’ Bible Verses to Children

EDMONTON, Alberta — A Christian school in Canada says that it is shocked after recently being told by the local school board that it should not teach any “offensive” Bible verses to children, particularly those those that refer to homosexuality.

Cornerstone Christian Academy in Kingman, approximately an hour outside of the provincial capital of Edmonton, says that it was approached by the Battle River School Division and asked to remove 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 from its student handbook.

“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God,” the Scripture reads.

“And such were some of you, but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

“We asked them to not include it, but perhaps use a different piece of Scripture,” Diane Hutchinson with Battle River told Metro News. “There is a lot of love in the word of God. We were concerned about that specific piece of Scripture, given today’s legislation and sensitive environment.”

She was referring the addition of homosexuals and transgenders to the 2015 Alberta Human Rights Act.

The academy removed the Scripture as requested, but became concerned when Board Chair Laurie Skori advised school officials that “any Scripture that could be considered offensive to particular individuals should not be read or studied in school.”

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She then clarified in another email, “For example: any teachings that denigrate or vilify someone’s sexual orientation.”

The note took academy officials aback.

“That’s a completely different directive, and it was shocking. Absolutely shocking,” Cornerstone Chair Deanna Margel told the National Post. “You can’t just pick and choose those Scriptures. We need every single word there to challenge us, to call us to greater understanding. It’s just so important.”

She said that she feels the directive is an infringement upon the school’s freedom of religion and speech.

The academy has since obtained legal representation from the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom.

“The government’s duty of neutrality, required by the Supreme Court of Canada, means that a school board cannot dictate whether verses in the Torah, Koran, New Testament or Guru Granth Sahib are acceptable,” attorney John Carpay said in a statement.

Skori told the National Post that she is disappointed that school officials took the matter to the media, and that it has hurt the board’s reputation and resulted in “hate mail” and “fear mongering.” Margel said they went to the media because the board wasn’t listening to their concerns.

The two groups have until the end of the month to reach a resolution. The academy might have to find a new board if the matter remains impasse.

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  • Amos Moses – He>i

    right …. because homomarriage and transgender whatever ….. does not affect our lives …. and so we should just sit down and SHUT UP …………………………

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      Nazis took away rights bits by bits, not everything from the start. The Western nations should have differenciated skin colors and disabilities and sexual sins such as homosexuality and transgenderism. They mixed all these three and got confused. Men should worship God instead of the rule of the laws. The English worship the rule of the laws too much when it is altogether evil if the laws are evil. The Word of God alone is the perfect Law. Psalm 119.

  • balloonknot9

    You either teach the whole Bible or none of it. I would take serious offense that the school board even had the gumption to state they do not read/teach certain parts of the bible. However, I see no reason why this passage should be studied any more rigorously than other passages. Never omit anything for the sake of PC agenda, but I would hope that more important passages get greater attention instead of putting that passage above others.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      Every era and every culture has particular sin as its Caesar. In this era, it is sexual depravity. All Christians must oppose the current homosexual inclination or people will even push pedophilia, as observed today. And endorsement of homosexuality practically means disbelief in the existence of sins, as bowing before idols is same as denying Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Canada’s depravity is sick and offensive. When the English (Britons, Americans, Canadians, Australians, etc.) hate the Holy Bible, they surely start religious persecutions like the Germans and the Russians did. There is no difference among them; this century the reason is only sicker. No Holy Bible = No truth or freedom.

  • David MacKenzie

    This clash was inevitable. The peculiarities of education in the Province of Alberta are complicated by a public (formerly Protestant) system that courted Christian schools for their enrolment, and then the Province passed legislation that forced all public schools to provide Gay-Straight Alliance Clubs upon request. Then, they passed Transgendered legislation that declared them a protected class. The net result is that the pieces are all in place for a serious culture clash.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      Liberals only oppress the Christians. Christians should be a protected class, too.

      • Recognizing_Truth

        We already are a protected class:
        What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can bei against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
        “For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
        we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
        No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
        (Romans 8:31-37 ESV)

        • Grace Kim Kwon


  • Oboehner

    I’m shocked they would even care what the “school board” would say. But if they voluntarily signed up to be part of the system, then they got what they asked for much like 501(c)3 churches.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      It is wrong for anyone to push children immorality such as homosexuality. The English got totally lost by pushing only the rule of the law, leaving out God’s Word. Whoever imagined that the English would actively teach young children to become depraved by equating the purity (Christianity) and immorality (homosexuality/trangenderism)? So sad.

      • Oboehner

        Then one must not be yoked with secular school boards or the IRS.

        • Grace Kim Kwon

          Canada is a nation created to spread Christianity. Canadian government should make all Christian schools free, not just Catholic schools, because all the former Protestant schools got occupied with the atheists and Sodomites.

          They only drain the Protestant population’s finance. It’s so unfair. The Westerners got lost by putting skin colors and disabilities and sexual sins together in the same category. Today’s oppression is by sexual depravity in the West and in its servant nations.

          • Oboehner

            There are no “Christian” governments.

  • Annamaria Wison

    The truth contained in God’s word often rubs both Christians and non-Christians alike the wrong way, in the conscious. Unfortunately, those that try to alter, leave out, or ignore the different warnings in the bible are sinning against the Spirit. That is why He is referred to as the Spirit of Truth. It’s really a waste of time on their part, because in the end they will have to face these truths anyway. If the school is a private school that is of a bible based faith, then the children should be taught all of it, as stands. If the public doesn’t want those verses in the bible let them go about trying to remove it from the bible, not the school, and see what God does about it!

  • Elca

    Not surprise at all. Many Churches also finds some verses offensive especially as it relates to women and gender roles.
    So what should we expect from the ungodly ? an appreciation for the Word of God? Really?

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      The Holy Bible is eternally true entirely. It is offensive only to immoral people.

      • Recognizing_Truth

        God agrees! The Gospel is a stench of death, to death, for those who reject His Son.
        But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ. (@ Cor 2:14-17)

        • Grace Kim Kwon

          Amen to the Holy Scripture!

  • DramaDude

    They are after our children and our grandchildren…

  • Enrico Yourfault

    I see no problem leaving out the things that have proven to be incorrect with the passage of time.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      Something never changes over time. The Word of God is eternal.

    • Recognizing_Truth

      No problems there – nothing in the Bible has been proven to be incorrect with the passage of time. In fact, the main reason that reasoning people can have a reason for their faith (no checking the brain at the door allowed) is BECAUSE things stated (prophecy) have been proven to be correct (historical fulfillment) time and again.

      For the word of the LORD is right, and all His work is trustworthy. Psalm 33:4

      • Enrico Yourfault

        Well that isn’t really true is it? I mean come on.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Canada should instead ask the Islamic entities to cherish the life of all infidels unconditionally. The liberals are incorrect and unfair in almost everything. Morality should be added to human rights this century because Western nations push homosexuality even upon children and commit human rights abuses. Something unthinkable to do as a normal human species.

    All children have rights to God’s truth, morality, innocence, and purity to be happy. Western culture that supports sexual depravity does exactly the opposite. Westerners should differenciate 1) skin colors and 2) disability and 3) sexual sins such as homosexuality and transgenderism. Rejection of sexual depravity is a human right. Immorality hurts especially children.

    If the West starts upholding other abnormal horrific sins such as incest and the sexual abuses on animals and desecration of dead people, nothing can stop their evil except for the Holy Bible. Today’s Western culture should never be a standard of anything for mankind. Judeo-Christian value is, for all mankind to be protected and civilized. Christian schools should not submit to Western Sodom for the sake of all children. Canada needs the entire Holy Bible to become civilized.

  • Patchwork Patty

    The whole Bible is “offensive.” It tells all people to repent of their sins. Christianity levels the playing field. God wants all people to be free from their sins.

    • Elca

      You aren’t making sense. But I see your flag. Are you a gay / lesbian?

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      Freedom is only by repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. John 8. Sin is slavery. Western Sodomy is a global slavery by abnormal sexual depravity today. The victims are global children instead of the Jews this time.

  • Coach

    Praise God for the pushback, I believe this will result in the furtherance of the gospel and maybe others will take note. Consider the fact that many voluntarily avoid offensive scriptures in schools, churches, etc. If most churches had their way, they’d remove Romans 9 from scripture, because it slaps in the face of their man-centered ministry.

    Psalm 5:5 The boastful shall not stand in Your sight;
    You hate all workers of iniquity.

  • Recognizing_Truth

    A Christian school teaches Biblical truths as its curriculum. That’s its charter and its mandate.

    If the school board wants topics in the Bible to be discontinued, changed, or re-worded, they will have to take it up with the Bible’s author to have Him rewrite those parts of the curriculum.

    Good luck with that…

  • Matthew Mansour

    Get rid of offensive Bible verses? The whole Bible is offensive to Atheist? Why teach the Bible at all if they are worried of offending people?

    • Exactly. The Bible should not be taught to children.

  • FoJC

    Little by little, big leaps when possible, the demonic perversions of the world are invading all that is called Christian. The fake Christians and their organizations fall quickly, leaving those who, at least, are trying to follow Jesus. I wonder how long before there is a “board” with armed officers coming to the homes of those they suspect believe and follow Jesus?

    Be aware, there are groups on the internet dedicated to hacking anyone who speaks publicly and righteously about Jesus. Some even go so far as to physically move to your home town to keep and eye on you and see if they can disrupt your life. Praise God! To be counted among the persecuted for His namesake is truly a gifted honor.

    Come LORD Jesus, come!

  • cv

    I practice yoga and mindfulness meditation and have for over four decades. This practice largely frees the mind of prejudice while leaving common sense intact. Regardless of anyone’s view of homosexuality or other such issues, e.g. transgenderism, it makes no sense going around and policing what people say or read about them, and transgenders. My brother is a lifelong homosexual with AIDS and has fortunately survived. He has led a very difficult, tortured life but it had nothing to do with prejudice against him. Rather, it was from the lifestyle he led: multiple partners, dissolute living, and so forth. Any lifestyle should be open to criticism. Similarly transgenders. Somehow, it is considered prejudiced and abusive to consider counseling for them so they can accept their actual, genetic gender. Meanwhile, it is considered perfectly fine to subject them to years of hormone therapy and surgery, with questionable results. And further: no one is allowed to freely discuss it without repercussions! I imagine eventually the government bureaucrats will come after Yoga. They already have in DC, trying to impose a special tax!