Something far more costly than the National Broadband Network with its 37 billion dollar price tag is now being rolled out all across Australia. This is the Federal Government’s ‘Safe Schools Program’.
The cost, however, is not money, but the religious freedom of parents and teachers and the very future of marriage and family life in Australia. But not only that, the program itself is dangerous for our children.
Safe Schools is a voluntary program that began in Victoria in 2010 as part of Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria. In 2013, at the initiative of Senator Penny Wong, the previous Labor government authorised Federal funding for the program.
Only a few days before the last Federal election, Bill Shorten, then Minister of Education, promised 8 million dollars over four years to “stamp out bullying in schools, which in particular, focused on homophobia”.
Then there was a change of Government. But to the dismay of many Christians who thought the Coalition stood for more traditional values, Safe Schools Coalition Australia (SSCA) was launchedin Melbourne on Friday 13 June 2014. The allocation of 8 million dollars was to be used to roll out this program throughout Australia under the Federal Department of Education, headed up by its Minister, the Hon Christopher Pyne.
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The name ‘Safe Schools’ firstly is misleading as the program does not address the main reasons that children are bullied by other children. As seen in the graph these are body image, intelligence, racial or cultural background, language, gender (being a boy or a girl), religion and economic status.
Instead ‘Safe Schools’ focuses on the bullying of a very small number of children who are homosexual or transgender in behaviour. It then uses this as a platform to impose the homosexual agenda on the whole school community.
The tragic irony is that there are cases already being reported where children who decline to take part in activities associated with ‘Safe Schools’, or show uneasiness, are ridiculed and bullied! And what about the job security of teachers who do not agree with ‘Safe Schools’?
‘Safe Schools’ claims to ensure that “gender and sexual diversity are supported and celebrated in all areas of the school community”. Therefore it is not just an attempt to accept and help children who are struggling with homosexual or transgender feelings. It’s real aim is to normalise and even ‘celebrate’ homosexual and transgender behaviour in the minds of our children.
This only aggravates the problem of gender confusion which some children experience as they grow up. Authoritative studies indicate that, between the ages of 16 and 26, some 80 percent of same-sex attracted boys and girls become opposite-sex attracted.
Please watch this YouTube with comments on the ideological roots of the SSCA.
‘Safe Schools’ is a radical divergence of the social norms of Australian society. Schools who join the Safe Schools Coalition will be asked to do the following:
stop dividing students into boys’ and girls’ groups.
allow children with transgender feelings to use the uniform, toilets and change rooms for the sex of their choice and to play on sporting teams of their preferred sex.
libraries will be searched to eliminate books with ‘heterosexual normative’ assumptions.
prominent posters will display same-sex relationships, transgenderism, bisexuality and intersexuality.
‘Safe Schools’ is therefore a forced indoctrination of our children from kindergarten to high school. It violates the religious freedom of parents (and grandparents) to teach God’s standards for sexual behaviour to children. And if all children are indoctrinated to celebrate, and see as normal, homosexual and transgender relationships and behaviour, how long can true marriage and family life, as God ordained, survive in Australia?
‘Safe Schools’ is an attempt to normalise homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle. Homosexuality, like adultery and sex before marriage, is clearly prohibited in the Bible and listed as one of many acts of sexual immorality. Sexual immorality always has consequences which the Safe Schools Coalition Program does not fully take into account.
to your local federal MP and to all Senators and MPs. Use the Australian Family Association Email Politicians Tool. Directions for using this are below the blue line if you need them. We encourage you to highlight the dangers of ‘Safe Schools’ and strongly urge them to withdraw the Federal Government’s support of this program.
Please Contact your local school too.
Yours for truth and the love of God in our schools,
David Rowsome and Warwick Marsh
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We also thank God for many who are completing the New Signees Survey. In the last week we have 48 new volunteers for the Canberra Declaration Prayer Team bringing the total to 375. This time last year we had 24!
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