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Feb 10, 2016

Oz ‘exclusive’ a Christian Lobby salvo against long-running anti-bullying campaign

Breaking "exclusive" news! Schools are encouraging kids not to bully each other! Clutch your pearls!

Josh Taylor — Journalist

Josh Taylor

Journalist

In a front page "exclusive" yesterday morning, Australia's national broadsheet entered into a long-running campaign by the Australian Christian Lobby against educational material designed to reduce bullying in schools against LGBTI people. Since July last year, the group purporting to represent Australian Christians has been lobbying the government to defund the $8 million program, which it says is "promoting radical sexual experimentation". Back then it was over an OMG I'm Queer guide for queer kids, which can be handed out in schools that decide to opt in to the program (about 500 schools have done so nationally). The current campaign is against a new so-called "gay manual" released late last year, which has long been available on the Safe Schools Coalition's website. The All of Us document consists of seven videos and lesson guides designed for years 7 and 8. Far from a "how-to" guide for gay sex, the guide instead outlines how to create a safe space for LGBTI students.

The guide reports that 75% of LGBTI students face discrimination or abuse, and 80% of those experience abuse at school. The guide has lessons around whether students identify as gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex, and includes a large component on how straight students can help be an ally to those students.

One aspect highlighted by The Australian's article outlines that it should not be assumed that every boy has a girlfriend, or every girl has a boyfriend, and encourages straight people to stand up to bullying and mind language such as "that's so gay" around other students who may be struggling to accept their sexuality. Controversial.

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8 thoughts on “Oz ‘exclusive’ a Christian Lobby salvo against long-running anti-bullying campaign

  1. wayne robinson

    For what it’s worth, the Melbourne Age today has a page 27 comment piece from Kevin Donnelly of the Australian Catholic University against the Safe School Coalition making the same claims. So the Australian isn’t alone.

  2. Blair Martin

    If Wendy Francis (pleasant enough person, but dim-witted and dangerous) and Lyle Shelton (outright loon and equally dangerous) can produce any sane person who was “recruited” into homosexuality by other homosexuals, then they have an argument. Currently, they have nothing but shrill diatribes, cherry picking “facts” and outrage of the most egregious kind.

  3. Sally Goldner

    (from me as an individual)

    Thank you so much to Crikey and Josh Taylor for this piece.

    If it means one less person believes the ACL and one more LGBTI young person is spared even one iota of distress it will make a difference.

  4. Lee Tinson

    I’m a complete outsider to all of this, but what I got from the article is that ACL seriously hates LGBTI people to the point where they want the bullying to continue in schools.

    I’d call that willfully pernicious bigotry. And it’s based on religious beliefs so it’s just dark-age superstition anyway.

    It’s a sad thing that there are some Australians who think it’s ok to behave like this.

  5. leon knight

    The ACL and their supporters are motley bunch of wankers and weirdos, not at all fit for modern society, and hopefully shunned by the many decent christians out there…..

  6. AR

    “My mother made me a homosexual”
    “If I bought her the wool, would she make one for me?”
    Along with claims of recruiting, can ‘cures’ be off the agenda?

  7. drsmithy

    If Wendy Francis (pleasant enough person, but dim-witted and dangerous) and Lyle Shelton (outright loon and equally dangerous) can produce any sane person who was “recruited” into homosexuality by other homosexuals, then they have an argument.

    Well, they’d also need to show that there was some harm in homosexual activities, then they might have an argument.

  8. klewso

    “Fundamental” zealotry – and it’s not Muslim.

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