The United Church of Canada

The United Church of Canada

June 04, 2012 16:47 ET

Ontario United Church Leader Speaks on Anti-Bullying Debate

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 4, 2012) - "Bullying of any kind, in schools, churches, workplaces, or anywhere in society, is wrong," says Ann Harbridge, President of Toronto Conference of The United Church of Canada. "Any attempts to stop all forms of harassment and bullying, should be applauded."

Harbridge's comments are made in the context of Bills 13 and 14, the anti-bullying legislation which is before the Ontario Legislature.

"Faith leaders from some faith groups have been speaking out against this legislation because of references to gay, lesbian and bi-sexual persons in the legislation," says Harbridge. She adds that The United Church of Canada does not agree with their position. "As far back as 1997, our church has urged school boards to include sexual orientation in their non-harassment policies."

"We respect the right of the legislators to determine specific language in the bills, and urge them to include language that will support the dignity of all persons," says Harbridge. "The United Church of Canada is a church which is open to all people regardless of their sexual orientation, believing that all persons are created in God's image. Legislation should demonstrate the same inclusion of all people."

Contact Information

  • The United Church of Canada
    Rev. David Allen
    Executive Secretary, Toronto Conference
    416-241-2677, ext. 226