Feb 17, 2016

AUSTRALIA, February 17, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – An Australian Christian organization is warning school principals to keep out of a federally funded Safe Schools program that is pitched as anti-bullying but is actually promoting premature sexual activity and transgenderism.

The Australian Christian Lobby says many of the 500 principals who have permitted the Safe Schools program into their schools “are probably not aware of what Safe Schools is really promoting and may be unwittingly acting as agents for rainbow activists.”

“We are in a battle for the innocence of our children,” ACL spokesperson Wendy Francis told LifeSiteNews. The program, which was produced by an alliance of homosexual activist groups, is funded to the tune of $8 million by the federal government. All state governments have made it optional for each school, except for Victoria, which will require all schools to teach it by 2017. The state of Victoria provided initial funding for the Safe Schools Coalition.

Coalition national director Sally Richardson defended her program for providing “schools with practical ways to foster a positive school culture where students, staff and families of all sexualities and gender identities feel safe, included and valued.”

She added that students at “safe” schools do better academically and enjoy better mental health.

The program calls for four-year-olds to be read to from a book called Gender Theory (written for pre-schoolers), which begins and concludes, said Francis, with the words “Only you know whether you are a boy or a girl. No one can tell you.”

“This is rubbish,” Francis said.

There is more: Safe Schools invites students to the Minus 18 website, where trans students are taught how to “pass” with practices that “are anything but safe.” For example, female students trying to portray themselves as males are encouraged to bind their breasts, “a practice which [the program] casually admits can kill.” The would-be females, meanwhile, are taught to “tuck” their penises between their legs and their testicles into their abdominal cavities.

“Because you are compressing tissue, it can cause damage and potentially even breakages to your ribs if done improperly,” Minus 18 admits about binding. “If things go wrong with your ribs, it has the potential to be lethal.” Tucking, for its part, can cause fertility issues.

Eleven-year-old male students are told to wear the uniform dresses issued female classmates, which Francis condemned as a provocation, since most Australian school uniforms favor shorts and rugby shirts for both genders. Trans students are advised to post activist signs regardless of their teachers’ prohibition and, if blocked from the Minus 18 site by their school, to lobby their teachers to have the block lifted.

Francis said Safe Schools is being sold as being against bullying but is actually normalizing homosexuality and transgender behavior. It implies that 10 percent of the population is homosexual when at most 2-3% of males self-identify as gay and half that proportion of women consider themselves lesbians.

“We don’t want to see any student bullied for any reason, including sexual identity,” Francis said. But gender is far down the list of reasons for bullying on surveys of students. “Body image is first at 38%, followed by marks, race, language, and then gender, which was given as the reason just 6% of the time.”

Why is a Christian group so concerned? “It’s not just a Christian issue,” said Francis, “but Christians believe every child is created in the image of God, and God made us male and female.”

In contrast to the unquestioning acceptance shown gender theory and transgenderism in Canada, there seems to be broader pushback in Australia from psychotherapy, mainstream media, politicians – and school principals.

Typical of much news coverage, said Francis, was a clearly hostile report in an Australian newspaper under the headline “Activists Push Taxpayer-funded Gay Manual in Schools.” It describes one lesson plan in the program’s All of Us teachers’ guide that asks half of a class of 11-year-olds to imagine they are 16-year-olds dating a same-sex classmate, while the rest of the class imagine themselves in a normal relationship.

The article then cites Principal John Newton of the Scotch College in Adelaide criticising the exercise as a “ham-fisted attempt to change culture.”

Francis said mental health professionals, meanwhile, had by no means accepted gender fluidity. Many still regard trasngenderism as a mental illness like anorexia. “When a girl believes she is fat and isn’t, health professionals tell her so, but when a boy believes he is a girl, they are supposed to agree with him.” Some politicians are also standing up to the LGBT agenda, she said. One state senator, Cory Bernardi, had started a petition against the Safe Schools program.

Francis speculates that Safe Schools is an effort to soften up Australians before the plebiscite on redefining marriage that must be held by early in 2017.

 


2 Responses to “Aussie family group stands up to LGBT program for 11-year-olds”

  1. 1 John

    All Christians I have spoken to don’t know about this programme, so it is important to publicise whenever and wherever.

  2. 2 Sharon

    LETTER TO THE EDITOR OF THE AUSTRALIAN

    “Safe Schools Program – A Parent’s Alarming Comment or Fact Sheet?”

    As a parent, I am part of the silent majority of thousands upon thousands of seriously concerned (and alarmed) Australians, who were alerted to the inappropriate and highly sexualised content, discovered within the “Safe Schools” program. Initially however, I (like so many parents and grandparents), was duped into thinking that this program was all about keeping our children safe in schools. I now feel betrayed by the misrepresentation and the deceitful naming of this program and am righteously angered that parents were not consulted about its explicit material and harmful advice e.g. chest binding and penis tucking.
    For background information, the program originated from a project of Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria and the Rainbow Network with the “All Of Us” curriculum being co-written by Minus 18 and the SSCA (Safe Schools Coalition Australia). Through government funding, under the (misleading) banner of “anti-bullying”, the program gained easy access into our education system (a manipulation by the cultural left campaign which has slowly creeped through to our schools via social engineering enthusiasts).
    Thankfully, due to much justified public criticism, over 14,000 Australians signed open letters to the Prime Minister, expressing their disdain for this program and demanded action over it’s inappropriateness. The overwhelming uproar of this program, driven by the desire to see corrective measures undertaken by a responsive and responsible government, led to an immediate independent review. Retribution followed with the report’s exposure of many unwholesome details found within the “Safe Schools” program, including named external organisations with weblinks to sites displaying sexually explicit content. The recommendations of the review were made public in mid March, 2016 with the Federal Education Minister, Simon Birmingham quoted as saying “Students should not be confronted with, nor be at greater risk of, accessing information or material that is inappropriate for their age or cultural background.”.“Parents should have a right to withdraw their child from classes dealing with such matters,”.
    I am fiercely protective of those students who will become “outcasts” as a result of this program e.g. for opposing the introduction of shared school toilets and change rooms for both biological sexes. Some students may even be bullied for disagreeing with LGBTIQ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex Queer/ Questioning) lobbyists i.e. the political agenda through the reduction of heterosexism, by the early sexualisation of children. I therefore strongly call for this (so called) “Safe Schools” program to be alerted to all school parents (and grandparents) across Australia, as it is indeed alarming. Many, like myself, are seeking for this program to be defunded and removed from our schools, as it is not educating but indoctrinating and will cause the marginalisation of other groups of students who unfortunately will be called ‘homophobic’.

    Sharon
    Wollongong, NSW

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