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SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: TOTALITARIAN TOLERANCE
Alan Joyce, the charming Irish-born Qantas boss, is doing a pretty good impersonation of an authoritarian dictator with his demands that corporate Australia promote same-sex marriage. Or else. And if the public isn’t happy about this militant politicisation of Australian business, too bad. “If you’re unhappy with a company that’s involved with the campaign you won’t be able to bank and you won’t be able to fly anywhere,” Joyce told the gay and lesbian newspaper the Star Observer. So much for diversity. Inclusiveness and tolerance is compulsory in this brave new world of “Marriage Equality”. That is unless you believe in traditional marriage, the kind between a man and a woman, the kind that has always existed in every civilisation, until now.
Then you’re a bigot, a homophobe, a non-human who deserves nothing but the cruellest excommunication. So, whether it’s Qantas or Virgin you want to fly with, whether it’s Westpac, or the Commonwealth Bank, or Bankwest, or St George, or ANZ you bank with, whether it’s Telstra or Optus’s brand on your phone, no dissent is allowed. Everyone has to be seen to be marching merrily in lock-step towards the mandated redefinition of our foundational social institution. Or else. Just look at what happened to Telstra, monstered by the tolerance police into a humiliating backflip on its minor concession to the Catholic Church that it would tone down its campaign promoting same sex marriage, out of consideration for one of its biggest customers.
The Archdiocese of Sydney’s business manager Michael Digges had written a letter to Telstra and other companies which do business with the church after their logos were used in a Marriage Equality advertising campaign last year. The letter expressed Archbishop Anthony Fisher’s “deep disappointment” at their public advocacy for the redefinition of marriage and pointed out that the Archdiocese’s “business partners” and suppliers had signed up to an agreement that “an appreciation of Catholic values and the conduct of business which is consistent with the moral and social teaching of the Catholic Church would be upheld”. There was no threat, just a firm reminder of legitimate views in the community other than those being pushed by the same-sex marriage lobby.
Telstra responded with a private assurance that, while it would not remove its logo from the Marriage Equality ads, it would not “add further to the debate on marriage equality” before the plebiscite, as CEO Andy Penn put it. But the minute Telstra’s undertaking was leaked to the media, Penn buckled under the ensuing vicious firestorm of criticism. “Rather than Telstra stepping back we should in fact step forward and support our view for marriage equality and so that is what we will do,” Penn said this week, looking even more like a hostage under duress. Other companies watched Telstra’s crucifixion and learned the lesson. Many company boards had no idea their executives had signed up with the Marriage Equality lobby last year. By the time directors found out, it was too late.
This is just one example of the totalitarian overreach of the same sex marriage lobby. Everywhere, there are signs of a frightening and escalating intolerance before the plebiscite which will put the issue to rest, if it is conducted fairly. One small sign of intolerance was the catcalls of “good” from Labor benches this week when the Senate president acknowledged the resignation of Labor stalwart Senator Joe Bullock, a politician of integrity who could no longer belong to a party that would not allow him a conscience vote. The direction Labor is heading was even clearer in Bill Shorten’s pledge at a Guardian Australia same-sex marriage event last month to oppose any protections for freedom of conscience.
Shorten said there would be no religious freedom under Labor: “We don’t need to water down anti-discrimination law to keep same-sex marriage opponents happy.” Going by the overseas experience, people have been prosecuted and lost their jobs for failing to conform. Even using the terms “husband and wife” or “mother and father” are punished as a form of bigotry. But the establishment has nailed its colours to the mast. Same-sex marriage is the easiest virtue signaller we’ve ever seen. Attach a rainbow to your company logo and you can pose as a modern and progressive brand, with the added bonus of being protected from “pink-mail” attempts to force you to conform. But the vicious punishment of dissenters shows you how fragile is the facade of enlightened social consensus.
Source: by Miranda Devine – Sydney Journalist
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STUDENTS ASKED ABOUT SEX AND MASTURBATION IN NEW SCHOOL PROGRAM
A taxpayer sex education course is asking 12-year-old children about sex and masturbation and teaching them to search online for sexual information. The Practical Guide to Love, Sex and Relationships — produced by the Australian Research Centre at La Trobe University in Melbourne— also directs students to study a homosexual website criticised by federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham. The course includes a quiz for Year 7 students, asking the question: “Will masturbation make your palms go hairy?’’ Students as young as 12 are tested on whether they know what proportion of teenagers “have not had vaginal sex” before the age of 16. The quiz also asks: “How does a person know if they are gay?’’ A 40-minute lesson instructs children how to search the internet for information using filters to screen explicit results.
“It’s a good idea to start at the highest level of filtering and only switch if you can’t find what you’re looking for,’’ it states. The Year 7 and 8 students are told to navigate three websites, including the controversial Minus 18 site that explains to teenagers how to bind their chests or tuck their penises. Minus 18 recently removed links to a sex shop and a Melbourne gay bar after questioning. But the site still teaches children how to “cover their tracks’’ to erase internet searches, making it harder for parents to monitor their children’s internet use. The Turnbull government recently ordered the Safe Schools Coalition — a taxpayer-funded group to combat bullying of gay, lesbian, intersex or transgender students — to remove links to Minus 18 from its curriculum resources or lose a $2 million grant.
The government has also paid for the production of La Trobe University’s latest sex education program, made available to schools across Australia in line with the national curriculum. It includes a 40-minute lesson on pornography, targeted to 13- and 14-year-olds, designed to combat the violent and unrealistic messages from online porn. “While it is clear that sexually explicit media is readily available, it is important to keep in mind that not everyone in your class has seen or wants to see it,’’ the guide states. “You will need to make a judgment about whether this session is relevant to your group. “Clearly, you don’t want the first education you provide to your students about growing up and becoming sexual to be porn.’’
The new sex education manual says it is presenting “an alternative set of standards for how sex should be’’ by teaching students that pornography involves paid actors and is “often very rough on women’’. “Sex should be a mutually enjoyable and consensual experience; a joint adventure rather than a thing done to or on someone,’’ it states. “We do not want to set up a new norm that ‘everyone watches porn’. We think that whether you’ve watched it or not, porn and other sexual imagery has entered the building, so we need to help young people ask it some serious questions.’’ Students are handed “pornism cards’’, including one that says “women like sex to be rough and mean’’. The card’s reverse side reads: “OUCH. If women had sex like that in real life it would hurt. And they would feel very badly treated.’’
Source: Compiled by APN from media reports
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QUEENSLAND THUMBS NOSE AT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OVER SAFE SCHOOLS
The Queensland Government has thumbed its nose at community concerns over the controversial Safe Schools program, refusing to release the names of schools that have signed up to the program. ACL spokesperson Wendy Francis said the Federal Government should immediately pull the program out of schools as the Queensland Government ignore the directive to clean it up and ensure parents were made aware of which schools were part of the program. ACL has been informed by the Queensland Education Department that its information request for the names of the schools had been denied, despite more than 11,000 signatures on a petition calling for the school names to be released. ACL must still pay a $347 fee for the Information request, even though no information was released.
ACL Queensland Director Wendy Francis said the decision to keep secret the list of schools was troubling particularly as the demands by the Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham were being ignored. “Those behind these programs are making a laughing stock of Mr Birmingham,” Ms Francis said. “The Safe Schools program still points students to resources that Minister Birmingham said had to be removed,” “The official resource continues to encourage students to find ways to get around firewalls designed to protect children from accessing harmful adult content. The Safe Schools program includes a role-playing exercise in which 11 and 12-year-olds are asked to put themselves in the boots of a young person dating a same-sex partner.
Of Queensland’s 31 ‘safe schools’, four are primary and seven are combined primary and high schools. This contradicts Minister Birmingham’s directive to not allow the program in primary schools. Ms Francis said recent reports have revealed an increased focus on sexualising children from 4 by programs emanating from La Trobe University. The University, which authored the Safe Schools program, is also behind the Practical Guide to Love, Sex and Relationships which asks students as young as 12 graphic sex and masturbation questions. “The directive from Minister Birmingham is being ignored and he has implemented no steps to ensure that the Safe Schools program is changed,” Ms Francis said.
“Minister Birmingham should immediately reign in the social deconstructionists at La Trobe and remove and defund the Safe Schools program. “No child should be bullied at school for any reason. But keeping kids safe from bullying should not require inducting the rest of the school into contested gender theory which could put children on a path to irreversible and controversial body altering practices. “It is time for the Federal and state governments to pay closer attention to the sexualizing of children that is going on under the guise of anti-bullying and relationships programs in school. “The minister really should be requiring Commonwealth money to be focused on improving literacy and numeracy standards, not indoctrinating children in gender theory and allowing their innocence to be taken away.”
Source: Australian Christian Lobby
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