Out-dated religious lessons are being targeted by a parent lobby group who say they are ‘damaging’.
A parent group is warning that some books used by scripture teachers in public schools are sending dangerous messages to students. They have demanded that certain books be removed from the program immediately and have called for a parliamentary inquiry into how such texts were approved in the first place.
Parent-run lobby group Fairness in Religions in Schools (FIRIS) says texts being used in NSW public schools by Anglican teachers are sending worrying messages about homosexuality, sex and male dominance. FIRIS commissioned a study into Teen Sex By the Book and additional publications provided by Australia’s largest evangelical Christian school curriculum publisher, Christian Education Publications, and concluded that they ‘failed to meet industry standards’.
A parliamentary inquiry might seem like a stretch, that is until you hear exactly what these books are teaching NSW public school students during scripture classes.
Teen sex leads to drug addiction and alcoholism.
Divorce is a result of ‘human sinfulness and ignorance’.
Sex should not occur outside of long-term relationships.
Girls who wear short skirts and low cut tops are “tempting their Christian brothers to lust”.
Homosexuality is a result of “misplaced sexual desire”.
This isn’t the first time a parent group has raised concerns about anti-homosexuality messages in schools. (Post continues after video.)
Parents who send their children to public schools are given the option of nominating which religious education program they would like their kids to participate in. Commonly, scripture teachers are provided by local churches who run the lessons once a week. Parents are given the option of opting out of religious education and instead participating in an ethics lesson instead.