A pro-family, pro-life group is asking Toronto Cardinal Thomas Collins to fire the Catholic elementary school teacher.

Campaign Life Coalition is renewing its call to Toronto Cardinal Thomas Collins to fire the Catholic elementary teacher who boasted about reading pro-LGBTQ and pro-transgender books to his Grade 5 and 6 students and then defended his actions this week in local media.

Canada’s national pro-life, pro-family political lobbying group is also renewing its plea to Collins to use his authority to repeal the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) policy adding “family and marital status, gender identity and gender expression” to its code of conduct.

That policy was Paulo De Buono’s justification for tweeting that he would be reading Sparkle Boy, The Boy who Cried Fabulous, A Tale of Two Mommies, and A Tale of Two Daddies to his 10- and 11-year-old students.

De Buono, who teaches at St. James Catholic School in northwest Toronto, has organized a petition in his defense, telling Global News Toronto Morning Show on Wednesday that “it’s OK to be gay in a Catholic school.” 

Moreover, De Buono seemed to suggest that if his employer, the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), doesn’t start treating LGBTQ students better, it doesn’t deserve to be publicly funded.

The TCDSB is one of the largest publicly funded school boards in the world, with more than 91,000 students in 195 schools, and De Buono makes about $102,500 a year.

“We need to show that we are responsible with human rights,” asserted the LGBTQ activist.

“And when it comes to LGBTQ student rights, that’s an area we really have to step forward in for the sake of our own survival,” added De Buono.

“And I’m quite sure about this, in terms of my confidence, that I think that if we can’t improve that, then perhaps we don’t deserve to be a separate school system.”

De Buono has since tweeted that he believes it’s “evil” to use Catholicism “as a cover for homophobia.”

He also took a swipe on Twitter at the purported “Catholic lens” through which such issues are to be taught in Catholic schools — a notion of which Campaign Life is also critical.

De Buono claimed that in the absence of Catholic resources he has to rely on PFLAG — Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays — which is notoriously pro-homosexual.

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