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Public board​ orders Christian school​ to stop reading ‘offensive’ Bible passages​

CAMROSE, Alberta, June 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- A Canadian Christian school has been ordered by a public school board that it partners with to refrain from reading or studying "any scripture that could be considered offensive to particular individuals." Included are passages from the New Testament that speak against fornication, adultery, idolatry, and witchcraft.

Cornerstone Christian Academy (CCA) in Kingman, Alberta, has been ordered by the Battle River School Division (BRSD) to refrain from reading or studying portions of the Bible that the board says might contravene Alberta’s human rights legislation. 

The Christian school was founded in 1997 as a ministry of Cornerstone Evangelical Baptist Church. It is a member of the Federation of Independent Schools Association and partners with the BRSD. According to its website, parents in Camrose and nearby towns send their children to the Christian school because it integrates Bible study into the approved provincial curriculum. Formerly a private school, it joined the school division in 2009. It serves about 160 students. 

The public school board trustees will meet this Thursday, June 15 to discuss the Bible verses they found to be offending in the school’s parent-student handbook. Some of the Bible passages formerly in the handbook included warnings against lifestyle choices that Christians consider sinful. Two passages were:   

"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.

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies."

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