CHILDREN PULLED FROM SCHOOL BY PARENTS TO AVOID HOMOSEXUAL ACTIVISM
Concerned parents are pulling their kids from school after some 490 schools across Australia signed up to the $8 million Government-sponsored program ‘Safe Schools’ that endorses students cross-dressing and other radical sexual concepts. The ‘Safe Schools’ Coalition and Minus 18, have released this year a new program “All of Us” that contains an abundance of slick classroom material and videos which teach kids aged 11 to 14 that they can be lesbian, gay, bisexual, straight, queer and pansexual (attracted to everyone). According to Australian Christian Lobby spokesperson Wendy Francis, the most worrying aspect is that it pressures kids into accepting Lesbian and Homosexual (LGBTI) concepts and confuses them about their own identity.
“’All of Us’ asks students a series of questions which singles out students that do not support LGBTI issues or have not yet formed an opinion. Students then have to explain why they hold a different view in front of the class and teacher, and are coached to alter their views,” Ms Francis said. “One activity requires the class to imagine themselves as 16 year olds in a same-sex relationship. “Making a public example of children on controversial sexual matters is a form of cultural bullying. It is ironic that the program, which claims to tackle bullying, pressures children from families who may not support LGBTI ideology. “Schools should be a safe environment where students are taught and not where they are made a public example of if they do not support or know where they stand on a particular ideology.
“What right do schools have to force this ideology upon 11 and 14 year old children? Why are parents not being consulted? Ms Francis warned that the impact of Safe Schools and its resources such as “All of Us’ on children, may not be fully explained to parents. “I would hope that the schools that have signed up to the program have fully informed parents about what their children would now be exposed to and taught,” Ms Francis said. Victorian mother of four, Cella White, has withdrawn her son and daughter from Frankston High School, in Melbourne, because it had signed up to the Safe Schools program. “I feel that the Safe Schools Coalition exposes my children to questionable information that is neither convincing, nor conclusive,” White said. “The school is not hearing me and my input seems irrelevant.”
Perth mother of four, Emily McKenna said she would not be sending her children to her local public school and will now be home-schooling. This is a result of her deep concerns with the graphic sexualised Safe Schools-promoted material that children would be taught in the public system. “My concern is that parents have made their progressive views known and are keen to support promoting LGBTI views on our children. If my children stayed in that environment I could see that they would be sidelined and bullied for their traditional beliefs,” Mrs McKenna said. Sydney pastor David Maher said he had written a letter to the Burwood Girls School on behalf of some 15 parents and members of the community who were concerned with the Safe Schools Coalition program.
“I know of a number of parents and girls that are fearful of saying anything public because of possible bullying by teachers and other repercussions,” Rev Maher said. In July 2015, Queensland mother Simone Leslie was quoted in the Sunshine Coast Daily saying that she believed the information from Safe Schools was inappropriate. She said the campaign was exposing children to information that they were too young to handle. She said the children were minors and not of the age of consent so it was wrong to confuse them. Ms Francis said: “We encourage parents across the nation to inquire from their children’s school whether it has signed up to the “Safe School” agenda. If it has, parents should be speaking out loudly in defence of their children by pressing the school to withdraw from the dangerous program.”
The Safe Schools Coalition Australia (SSCA) is a federally-funded program, rolled out in each state and territory following the approval of the relevant state education departments. Marketed as an “anti-bullying” program, it purports to resource schools, teachers and students with information, training and materials to promote LGBTI inclusive curriculum and policy. Beneath the branding, this program prosecutes a political agenda, as well as the radical sexualisation of minors in a way that very few parents would tolerate if appraised of the details. Distribution of the program is by the national convener of the Foundation for Young Australians. The Victorian wing also receives funding from the Victorian State Government as well as the Federal Government..
MELBOURNE ARCHBISHOP GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO SAME SEX COUPLES AT CATHOLIC SCHOOL FORMALS
Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart has urged schools to be sensitive and respectful to students who wished to bring a same-sex date to their formal. He said that these relationships are more like strong friendships and are not usually permanent, they are not in a situation where they are committing. “These are quite often emotional situations and it’s very important that we always have respect for the dignity of the human being involved,” he said. Archbishop Hart made the comments when asked for his response to a previously unreported case at the Academy of Mary Immaculate in Fitzroy. A student at the girls school started an online petition on Change.org last year after being told by the Year 12 co-ordinator that she couldn’t bring a female partner to the formal.
“I see no logical, just reason for this ban,” the student, who has since sought anonymity, said. “The Academy’s mission statement places great emphasis on social justice, equality and respect for all people.” The petition received 1250 signatures and hundreds of comments in support. The school responded by changing its stance to allow the student to bring a female date. Archbishop Hart said he appreciated the school’s turnabout and believed it had “shown great sensitivity in what is an unusual scenario”. “Students in a secondary school are growing up and in developmental stages where relationships are more like strong friendships and are not usually permanent, they are not in a situation where they are committing,” Archbishop Hart said in a statement to the media.
“The Catholic Church respects any relationship but always sticks quite firmly with its teaching that a relationship in the eyes of the church is heterosexual, between a male and female, and that is something we would always stand by.” Archbishop Hart was criticised last year for allegedly burying Jesuit Social Services Not So Straight report, which had found widespread bullying and homophobic abuse of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students in Catholic schools, leading to high-levels of self harm, and even suicide. His comments come as many schools prepare to hold their formals next month, well before the stress of Year 12 exams begins. Academy principal Sister Mary Moloney said it was a progressive and modern Catholic school that dealt with any issue or concern with an open mind.
“The philosophy of allowing students to choose whomever they wish to accompany them to our school formal will continue into the future,” Sister Moloney said. It has been 8 years since Victoria’s Education Department instructed state schools to allow same-sex couples to attend events together, because discrimination is unlawful under equal opportunity legislation. In Tasmania, Archbishop Julian Porteous currently faces a test case brought by the state’s Anti-discrimination Commissioner for distributing a pro-traditional marriage booklet to the families of students in Catholic schools. Australia’s largest youth-led organisation for gay people, Minus18, welcomed Archbishop Hart’s comments but said more needed to be done by allowing trans and gender diverse students to dress in the clothes they prefer.
A spokesman for Minus18 said a school formal was an important event in a student’s life but caused anxiety and fear for those who felt excluded. “It’s hurtful if you can’t bring the partner you want to celebrate this milestone,” he said. Last year, Brisbane’s Anglican Grammar School told a boy to “keep with school tradition” and bring a female to his Year 12 formal. It had previously banned same-sex partners. Students at St Mary’s Anglican Girls School in Perth also rallied against their school on the same issue that year. In 2010, Ivanhoe Girls Grammar forbade a 16-year-old from taking her girlfriend to its year 11 formal. Executive director of Catholic Education, Stephen Elder, said such decisions were best dealt with by individual schools where all local concerns and sensitivities could be taken into account.
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