QUESNEL, B.C. - Chris Kempling doesn't seem to be enjoying his new role at the centre of a fight over what is taught in schools about homosexuality. He's edgy, and his eyes have a haunted look. He needs sleep.
It has been a rough seven months. Last April, the British Columbia College of Teachers ruled that he had overstepped the bounds of free speech. Now he faces the suspension of his teaching licence. He's short-tempered when a television crew visits him at Correlieu High School in Quesnel, where he teaches Grade 12 creative writing.
"This has nothing to do with my teaching," he snaps.
Mr. Kempling believes, with a conviction rooted in his faith, that homosexuality is immoral, and that it should not be presented to B.C students as a normal and acceptable lifestyle. "I will not teach lies to children," he says through clenched teeth. But at the same time, he insists that he would never force ...