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DEGRADING SEXUAL CONTENT IN CLASSROOMS DOES NOT TEACH RESPECT
WARNING: this article describes sexually degrading concepts.
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) welcomes a Queensland parliamentary inquiry into degrading sexualised material being taught in state schools under the guise of a national anti-domestic violence program. ACL Queensland Director Wendy Francis said the inquiry into the Respectful Relationship program and school-based sex education would be applauded by Queensland parents alarmed by the degrading concepts their children could be taught, often without their consent or knowledge. Revelations about this program have emerged from Victoria where at least one teacher has refused to teach the program because of its lewd content. Ms Francis said, “The inquiry will provide an opportunity for the Queensland Government to heed parental concerns by removing inappropriate material from classrooms.”
“I’m sure Queensland parliamentarians will be diligent to make sure Queensland children are not exposed to this sort of material at school.” However, Ms Francis said the scope of the inquiry, to be undertaken by the Education, Tourism, Innovation and Small Business Committee, should be broadened to include an investigation into the controversial Safe Schools program. “‘Safe Schools’ is promoted as an anti-bullying campaign for LGBTI students but teaches children that their gender is fluid and a social construct,” Ms Francis said. Ms Francis said Queensland parents do not want programs such as Respectful Relationships and Safe Schools, taught to their children.
“Queensland parents do not want to follow Victoria in making these programs compulsory in all state schools,” she said. “Respectful Relationships is supposedly an anti-domestic violence program but exposes children to pornography and introduces them to degrading sexual acts which in no way teach respect. “Exposing children to sexually degrading video content is not the way to develop a culture of respectful relationships. “Teachers should not be placed in a position where they are forced to sexualise the children they are teaching on a day-to-day-basis. “The fact that there is no parental consent or knowledge of these programs shows disdain of parents by the Queensland Government,” Ms Francis said.
Concerns about the program have been raised by Victorian teacher and mother of 3 Moira Deeming, who put her career on the line by refusing to teach it. The program offers explicit animated videos to children as young as 12. These videos communicate degrading sexual content: “Sex is not just intercourse. It’s anything you do to be sexual with another person, [one of the presenters sings:] ‘I feel sexy on my pinky, I feel sexy on my chin, you don’t have to come in for the fun to begin’.” Penis in vagina sex is not the only option to consider. “You don’t have to have an ‘inney’ and an ‘outey’. You can have two inneys or two outeys.” (There are visuals involving fingers to communicate this concept). “If you’re mixing penises with bums, vaginas or mouths, you should really use a ‘party hat’ (i.e. condom).”
HOW FAR WILL LABOR TAKE QUOTAS FOR SECTIONS OF THE COMMUNITY?
Queensland Labor’s plan to set aside five per cent of winnable seats to LGBTI candidates risks alienating a large proportion of Queenslanders, according to the Australian Christian Lobby. ACL Queensland Director, Wendy Francis, said it would be difficult for Queenslanders to understand why the Labor Party had chosen to introduce a quota for LGBTI candidates at the recent Queensland Labor Conference, but not ones for other segments of the community. The motion was put to the conference by Rainbow Labor, a powerful lobby group which advocates for LGBTI issues within the party. “The Labor Party is sending the message that it is more concerned with embracing Rainbow politics than providing policies that benefit all Queenslanders,” Ms Francis said.
“The comments from Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten that ‘Labor is light years ahead when it comes to electing Australians from diverse backgrounds to office begs the question; ‘Why not have quotas for Christians and Muslims? After all, more than 60 per cent of Australians identify as Christian’.” “If the Labor Party is to be consistent, it should have a significant representation of Christians and people of other faiths allocated quotas. “No explanation has been given as to why LGBTI candidates will be given preselection over indigenous candidates who have to wait until 2030 before they are considered in quotas. “How far is the Labor Party willing to go to in ensuring each segment of the community has representation in Parliament?
“It is difficult to see how quotas will improve the democratic processes that Queenslander enjoy,” she said. “If the Queensland Labor Party continues to embrace rainbow ideology it will not auger well for parents and teachers who have concerns about programs such as ‘Safe Schools’, that teaches children their gender is fluid. “As the next state election looms closer, the Labor Government will need to reassure a large proportion of Queenslanders that it has not abandoned them in their pursuit of rainbow ideology.”
ANGER OVER CENTRELINK BENEFITS FOR MULTIPLE MUSLIM WIVES
MP Cory Bernardi says payment of Centrelink spousal benefits to the wives of polygamous Muslim men is political correctness gone mad. The Sydney Daily Telegraph claims that Centrelink ignores Islamic polygamy, paying spousal benefits to Muslim families with multiple wives in an effort to save taxpayers’ money. Former prime minister Tony Abbott reportedly called for action after learning about the issue, only to be told that it would cost more to pay the wives the single parent benefit. Centrelink said it did not hold data based on polygamous relationships or religion. Islamic marriages are religious unions that are not registered. “To say that data is not kept is an excuse,” Senator Bernardi said. “Failing to confront those who seek to apply a different law to themselves means politicians are afraid to speak out.”
Tony Abbott’s former chief of staff Peta Credlin confirmed that Mr Abbott had demanded action in the last days of his leadership after Centrelink officials confirmed the practice was the talk of their offices in western Sydney. “The answer I got back was to fix it could cost more” she said. Finance Minister Mathias Cormann dismissed the story, saying the government doesn’t recognise multiple marriages. “The proposition that somehow the government is authorising polygamy, that is just completely ridiculous,” Senator Cormann said. He also rejected the suggestion the government was refusing to crack down on such payments because of some sort of political correctness motivation. He said there are only two options for these payments, a single parent payment, which is higher that partner payments.