FAITH-BASED SCHOOLS ARE IN THE FIRING LINE
The time to stand for religious freedom is now.
On 6 December 2018, the Senate referred the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Removing Discrimination Against Students) Bill 2018 to a Committee for inquiry and report by 11 February 2019.
The legislation is being pushed on the purported ground of stopping gay students from being discriminated against, when this hasn’t been shown to be the case.
The legislation has far greater consequences for faith-based schools beyond this furphy and threatens to impair their ability to teach a Christian view of marriage and sexuality.
Faith-based schools must remain free to operate in accordance with their ethos.
The deadline for submissions to the inquiry is 21 January 2019, so it is imperative that you make your voice heard urgently!
- Seven in ten Australians identify with a religion, so if any changes are made to religious exemptions, it should be to broaden rather than restrict religious freedom.
- Winding back religious exemptions undermines the independence of non-government schools.
- Repealing faith-based exemptions is a breach of promise with voters who were repeatedly told before and during the plebiscite that there would be no adverse consequences to redefining marriage
- Government should not interfere with the ability of faith-based schools to operate in accordance with their ethos.
- It is clearly set forth in international human rights that parents must be able educate their children according to their preferred religious values.
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