“Sydney MP Alex Greenwich’s foreshadowed bill to remove discrimination exemptions for private schools may be well-intentioned, but it is not the way to help vulnerable teenagers,” FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips said today.
“One of the purposes of Christian education is to promote Christian values of sexuality. Students who disagree should be free to attend other schools,” Ros Phillips said.
“On 26 February 2013, a drag queen visited Burwood Girls High School as part of an official Proud Schools celebration. Students were encouraged to support gay marriage by signing a ‘love heart’ mural – and we have been told that those who declined to participate were bullied by other students. It would appear that the Proud Schools program may have contributed to an increase in bullying, contrary to the NSW government’s stated policy.
“Many faith-based private schools want to encourage Christians values on life, marriage and family – that is why a significant number of parents choose such schools for their children.
“The right to maintain a community that shares the same faith-based values is part of the fundamental freedoms of association and religion that underly our Australian democracy,” Ros Phillips said. “Alex Greenwich wants to diminish those freedoms. He should think again,” Mrs Phillips said.