Won’t anybody ever just think about the bloody children?
The Australian Christian Lobby and their supporters are really upping the ante in their campaign to bring down a national anti-bullying program aimed at preventing homophobia and discrimination in schools.
NSW Labor MP Penny Sharpe says she has received nearly 1000 Helen Lovejoy-esque emails from parents worried about the Safe Schools program, which (shock! horror!) wants to make sure that same-sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse young people feel, um, safe at school. Yuck.
“This campaign is based on misinformation about a program designed to support & keep LGBTI [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or intersex] kids safe at school,” Ms Sharpe told Fairfax.
“The ACL hides flimsily behind a veil of concern for children yet the emails sent to MPs are often homophobic & transphobic.”
Watch Penny deliver a passionate IGNITE speech on the topic (post continues after video):
The program, which is now operating in 450 schools across the country, was conceived of by Labor’s Bill Shorten and Penny Wong as a way to “tackle homophobia” and commenced last year under the Coalition.
Since then it has been shamelessly teaching “students that heterosexuality is not the norm, and encouraging students to explore sexual and gender diversity” or so the ACL’s campaign flyer claims.
A statement published on their website yesterday (which incidentally labels them a “voice for values”), reconfirms their assertion that the program is “dangerous” on the grounds that it teaches “radical sexual concepts not appropriate to minors”.
They take particular issue with a fact sheet on safe chest binding practice, from one of the program’s affiliates Minus 18, but also claim that it encourages boys to wear girls’ school uniforms and the despicable use of toilets for the opposite sex.
Imagine! A young person wanting to use a toilet that accurately reflects their gender identity, next they’ll be teaching such hideous, despicable, morally abhorrent concepts such as tolerance, respectful relationships and safe sex!