"The Battle River School Division, just east of Edmonton, Alberta, is pushing a Christian school to censor certain Bible verses because they could be seen as 'targeting vulnerable minorities.'
Now the Cornerstone Christian Academy, a former private school that joined the division in 2009, fears the administrators have overstepped their boundaries with a new human rights code, Metro News reported. The division has expressed concern about two passages in particular — 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 and Galatians 5:19-21.
The 1 Corinthians passage states, in part, 'Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.'
The passage from Galatians similarly reads: 'The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.'
Diane Hutchinson, a spokeswoman for the Battle River School Division, said administrators asked the Christian school not to include those verses in its student handbook, 'but perhaps use a different piece of Scripture' instead.
'There is a lot of love in the word of God,' she said. 'We were concerned about that specific piece of Scripture, given today’s legislation and sensitive environment.'
Cornerstone has agreed to temporarily drop the Bible verses from its handbook. However, the school’s board chair, Deanna Margel, is worried the division wants to limit what Christian tenets can be taught, given they can block any Bible passage from the classroom if it could be deemed offensive to a particular group of students."
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