Safe Schools advocates call for School Chaplaincy program to be investigated
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Safe Schools advocates call for School Chaplaincy program to be investigated

LAST UPDATED // Wednesday, 24 February 2016 11:21 Written by // Cec Busby

LGBT advocates are calling into question the funding of the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a review of Safe Schools.

The Safe Schools Coalition has received 8 million in funding over the past four years compared with $243 million in funding promised to the National School Chaplaincy Program.

In arguing against the Safe Schools Program, Senator Cory Bernardi has suggested the program indoctrinates students and forces a gay agenda.

“Schools should be places of learning- not indoctrination," Bernardi says.

Now supporters of Safe Schools are calling into question the funding of the NSCP.

Says Greens Senator Robert Simms:

“It’s interesting that Senator Bernardi has said the Safe Schools Coalition is pushing propaganda and a particular ideological position within our schools. The only organisation doing that is the chaplains program funded by the government.”

The Greens will instigate a Senate Inquiry into homophobia and transphobia today.

"Rather than targeting a program designed to help LGBTI young people and their families, the government should be focusing its efforts on the broader issue of combating bullying and transphobia in schools,” Simms said.

"Opposition to the Safe Schools Coalition seems to be based on the absurd idea that simply by talking about differences in sexuality or gender identity you're going to recruit people," he said in a statement. "Anyone with the most basic understanding of human sexuality knows how ridiculous that is."

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Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and online editor of GayNewsNetwork.com.au

Comments (19)

  • Stefan

    01 March 2016 at 23:40 |
    Sooooo Neil. Just out of curiosity, have you actually read the coursework for the safe schools program or taken the time to sit in a classroom with a teacher and see it be delivered?? Or perhaps you are happy to spew forth what opinions you have on a topic without actually researching the aspect of the topic you are picking apart... If you had read the curriculum and course materials you at least might be a little informed...

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  • Neil Aitchison

    29 February 2016 at 14:01 |
    Sometimes the truth hurts. Exposing the “unSafe Schools” program in Australia and exposing the same sex agenda is a good thing. For some people to try to undermine the family unit and create the illusion of “moral relativism” (which destroys society) is creating discussion and critical thinking. The more, the better. Is our biological sex determined by nature or nurture?….it’s obviously the former. Is our gender different to our sex?….nope!….it’s only  the subjective, post-modernist person of the “progressive” gay mindset who thinks that redefining words can somehow change reality. Since when is “progress” always a good thing anyhow? It’s all just tricky word-smithing and targeting the naive young children of our society (without parental approval) because they are easy pickings. Make-believe “medical” reports just facilitate the illusion. It’s all about choice: we all can choose to be the way we are created (the natural biological reality) or choose to be something different (fluid “whatever-you-feel-like” gender sexuality ) that is contrary to nature – the latter leads to an unhealthy, destructive, mixed up lifestyle. So blaming opponents of the “progressive” fluid sexuality won’t stop the confusion, anxiety, depression (suicide?) of GLBTIQ people…..it’s their chosen lifestyle that causes it. All the health warnings associated with their lifestyle are ignored thereby creating a self-fulfilling prophecy of hurt, destruction…..and possibly death. The current same sex push affects the way we ALL act and talk – ALL society suffers as a result. Trying to redefine words to get the “abnormal” to suddenly become “normal” (and “immorality” to suddenly become “morality”) doesn’t work and it is a form of delusion to even try it. Morality by any other name  is still morality and immorality by any other name is immorality. The whole social experiment of trying to engineer morality using political stunts, herd mentality and shove-it-in-our-face programs (like “unSafe Schools”), doesn’t change morality. Our children can now be warned of these manipulative  maneuverings  by hedonistic humanists/atheists so  that the next generation won’t be so easily fooled as the last.

    It is inevitable now that schools will be polarised into “gay schools” and “non-gay schools” as the “gay schools” shout homophobia at anyone who does not want to be a homosexual (it will be a witch-hunt on all the time to “catch-out” the heterosexual and spew abuse at them just like Bill Shorten did to Cory Bernardi – no one wants to be on the run from the homo hit squad all day long) and the “non-gay schools” who are sick in the gut of having rampant hedonistic humanism/atheism shoved down our throats and so they want to live in peace by teaching their children the 3Rs and decency. The creators of the “Safe School” program obviously didn’t think through how their initiative will cause polarised “gay schools” and “non-gay schools” that will now eventuate – that is the path that we are now heading down. For schools/universities to support such a destructive program like “unSafe Schools”, it drags down their reputations and has me, for one, warning people not to send their children to such institutions – parents will vote with their feet (and their wallets) by not sending children to skewed schools/universities that are only into political activism and not into educating people.

    What a disgraceful joke!

    ….and there are gay-only groups that teach people how to have gay relationships, gay sex, etc….so much for homosexuality being “normal/natural” if you have to be taught it….and it is discrimination to make the group a gay-only group (oh….that’s right…..discrimination and abuse only works one way, the heterosexuals have to cop it).

    The “unSafe Schools” program tells kids that gender is fluid and sexuality is not definable. It tells kids that Gender is how you feel. The program encourages kids to classify themselves while simultaneously denigrating such classification. It is a view of human sexuality and gender which is entirely constructed and removed from reality. It teaches kids that their personal feelings are paramount and that they should expect EVERYONE to affirm them. It makes kids who choose to be LGBTIQ hypersensitive and on the lookout for anything that might remotely be classified as bullying. The entire foundation of the programme is constructed on conjecture and dodgy use of statistics.

    Also, there is no homophobia…..just a different opinion. People who disagree with same sex relationships simply disagree, nothing more. Calling it homophobia is a cop out for not having a legitimate reason to have a same sex relationship and so to silence your critics, you use emotive name calling. The whole name calling stunt has worn out and people are not put off by being called homophobia, hate speecher or bigot because name calling is an acknowledgement that you have lost the argument. If equality is what the same sex marriage advocates want, then equality for all types of marriage would be allowed. To limit their marriage re-definition to only include “two consenting adults” is being unequal to the people wanting other forms of marriage – so it is quite a big lie to claim that SSM is “marriage equality”. If you want to save money on a “wasteful” plebiscite, then simply leave the Marriage Act as it is – no cost involved then!…..but the same sex lobby pushing for a change are creating the cost.

    The same sex lobby have used the Anti-discrimination Act to try and silence the Roman Catholic Church in Tasmania…..so already this bully tactic has been used. The Australian Christian Lobby are addressing this existing misuse of the Anti-discrimination Act and simply saying that such bully tactics should not be used by anyone (either the “yes” side or the “no” side) to silence people and stop free speech. The way that the media has made out the ACL are wanting favouritism or somehow circumventing the Anti-discrimination Act is further evidence of how devious and deceitful the SSM advocates are. The obvious outcome is that it will backfire and more and more people will be chased over to the “no’ side – that’s what happens when you lie too much for too long. 

    There is no hatred, bigotry or discrimination to uphold the millennia-old understanding that marriage is solely between a man and a woman. At worst, it is just a difference of opinion, and at best, it is upholding history for a reason – opposite sex marriages are the only way that civilizations can thrive and be prosperous (you can have children to start with and then to structure ethics, honesty and decency). The family unit is vital to how society functions and when it is distorted or changed, so does society. Already, heterosexual children are told not to use the terms “boy, girl, him, her, mummy, daddy, etc” because these terms are gender specific and oppose the same-sex/transgender identification – so heterosexual people (from a very young age onwards) are impacted in thousands of ways by the same sex marriage re-definition. Plus all heterosexual marriages change from being recognised as “married to a member of the opposite sex for life” to “someone I am temporarily having sex with” which, for me, would be insulting if I was in anyway assumed to be married just for sex or to another man. So every time I say the words “I’m married”, my marriage is being damaged by the re-definition of marriage. My feelings are as valid as any homosexual’s feeling and should be equally considered seriously in the whole same sex marriage debate. Failure to do so shows that the same sex marriage issue is not about love and equality, but solely a political stunt to legalize rampant hedonism and a blatant attack on Christianity.

    If you want honesty, then there it is. 
    The Rome Empire that had rampant hedonism  and debauchery in the 1st-3rd centuries were not Christian (they killed Christians for sport in the “circuses” where lions would eat Christians) and the Emperor Constantine turned to Christianity as a way out of the horrors going on in the Roman society. So there is a perfect example of how we must also avoid the same horrors of rampant hedonism and debauchery by following the Christian teachings. In other words, we can be “saved from ourselves”. The ACL and Senator Cory Bernardi are highlighting the unfair and dishonest name-calling and dirty political tactics used by the same sex lobby group to silence their critics and shove their agenda down our throats. This will be highlighted a thousand times as the same sex lobby group continue with their dishonest bully tactics and prove the ACL to be true over-and-over-and-over again. 

    I am loving to homosexuals (the people), but I hate actions that are deceptive, hurtful to people and unnatural (including homosexuality). There is a difference…..plus I am talking about the “same sex lobby group” and not individual homosexuals. I have met many homosexuals who don’t want same sex marriage laws because they don’t want the association with marriage – it is the same sex lobby group that spews out lies and name calling…..and the “unSafe Schools” propaganda. If you think it is Leviticus that I am following, then try reading Romans 1:16-32. No one can disagree with the passage because it is being fulfilled before our very eyes (for example: “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools”, “vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened”, “uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts”, “God gave them up unto vile affections”….and verses 28-31 describes most of our politicians perfectly).  Amen!

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    • Julia

      29 February 2016 at 15:36 |
      You really don't know hen to quit do you. All you've done here is copy and paste your favourite paragraphs from your posts and reprint them here. It makes very little sense and is rather foolish of you given that I've already debunked every lie you've told in each of the above paragraphs. You can repeat yourself over and over again but all your doing is convincing me you have no critical thinking skill and are determined to spew homophobia everywhere you can.

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  • Tess

    29 February 2016 at 13:08 |
    That comment above, shows why we need safe programs, so we can protect kids from people like Vladimir. Disgusting human being.

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    • Julia

      29 February 2016 at 15:49 |
      Well said. Conservatives seem to have this odd admiration for Russia, yet strangely I see very few volunteering to go and live there.

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  • Haigh

    25 February 2016 at 08:55 |
    One would think that with the recent history of Christian child sex abuse that the politician's would be more concerned about this in schools.

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  • Vladimir

    25 February 2016 at 03:00 |
    Bill shorten should be sent to Russia with all the other disgusting left wing boy lovers & other degenerate freaks & be beaten to death in the streets.

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    • Max Fenster

      26 February 2016 at 05:51 |
      While many chaplains are boy lovers and degenerate freaks, I suspect there may be a few who are not.

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    • Andrew

      25 February 2016 at 17:22 |
      Vladimir, you are so far off the mark it is laughable. to associate paedophilia with only left-wing advocates is patently ridiculous. Grow a brain and pull your head out of your arse.

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  • Neil Aitchison

    25 February 2016 at 01:14 |
    Mr Shorten prompted and provoked a response from Senator Bernardi - Mr Shorten said "That would be the chap" first thereby prompting and provoking a response from Senator Bernardi. Many media articles fail to mention this but rather pretend that Mr Shorten was bullied for no reason and he used the Safe Schools program to deal with the "bully Bernardi". No one should prompt or provoke hostility whether in the parliament or the play ground. If people think that what Mr Shorten did is acceptable and that the Safe Schools program encourages LGBTIQ (did I miss a letter?) children to similarly go around prompting and provoking hostility in schools and then crying "victim" when they get criticized, then the Safe Schools project is indeed as dangerous as Senator Bernardi says. This sort of blatant mis-reporting by people is why there is growing resentment and disgust against same sex marriage and if the media thinks that the Australian public are too stupid to see through skewed reporting, then you are in for a big surprise because you are helping chase people over to the opposition side of same sex marriage (and rightly so). The same sex marriage lobby group keep doing this sort of thing over-and-over again and it shows how devious and dishonest they are. The media should not be adopting the same devious and dishonest tactics in their reporting.

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    • Alice

      25 February 2016 at 17:55 |
      Yes Neil
      Because all LGBTIQ children are secretly planning your destruction and picking fights to prove our point.
      Were to busy trying to find our place in this world to bother trying to convert you to gayism.
      We dont want to convert straight men and women, we need you to breed the next generation of GLBTIQ youth.
      And even if we weretrying to convert you all, dont worry your safe, we dont want you!

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    • Julia

      25 February 2016 at 02:31 |
      The most ironic part of this statement is that Neil seems to think people are being chased towards opposition, when in fact polls show increasing support. Under what rock are you living.

      What's more the amount of religious Australians is decreasing with the biggest gap being among young Australians. Your bigotry and blatant homophobia is driving young people out of the churches in droves towards the marriage equality side not the other way round.

      You can whine and say the media is bias because it doesn't reflect how you incorrectly percieve situations but it won't change the reality. The majority support marriage equality. Your side is loosing. And not even your saviour can stop it.

      Christianity is shameful.

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    • Jennifer

      25 February 2016 at 02:18 |
      Seriously. You think mocking the acronym LGBTIQ makes you clever. All it shows is your inherent desire to erase our identities.

      I agree with Julia, why on earth are you trolling an LGBT focused site. Don't you have a saviour to pray to, or water to turn holy or wouldn't your time be better spent waving your hands and turning water and wine into some else's blood and body (Christians are cannibales for Christ apparently). Or maybe you could spend some time counting all that tax free income you made from all those tithings your parishioners pay and seeing how much you need before you can get a private jet. Whatever Christians like to do. Just stop posting homophobic BS here.

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    • James

      25 February 2016 at 02:07 |
      Wishful desperate thinking Niel. If you'd looked at the numbers you'd know that polls put support for same sex marriage well above 50%. Meanwhile only about 6-8% of Australians attend church every week and the number of people who claim no religion on the census is increasing, particulary among young people. The churches are missing the 20-30 year old demographic and part of the reason is the blatant dishonestly, bigotry and cruelty towards LGBT and otehr minorities and you're attempts to control women's bodies. But go mate. Deceive yourself. Your words will only push more youth from the church.

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    • Julia

      25 February 2016 at 02:02 |
      You're an idiot. I really have no idea why you keep trolling this site with moronic statements like this. The only ones provoking hostility is you. There are clear reports that LGBTQIA+ students do experience harassment and bullying at higher rates than other and are more likely to experience depression, anxiety and suicide. Hence safe chooks necessity. You're warped interpretation of the situation amounts to nothing more than victim blaming.

      As for skewed reporting, I don't see how. I'd say the portrayal here is accurate and given poll show increasing support for same sex marriage, your prediction of people being chased to the opposition side is falling flat on it's face. There's no growing resentment. If anything resentment is towards your side. Church attendance in Australia is down, especially among youths and the number of people who put no religion in the census is increasing (and rightly so). It's your sort of bigotry and dishonesty that's driving people from the church

      Christianity is shameful.

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  • Earth Waratah

    25 February 2016 at 01:12 |
    Now here's an idea, investigate the Chaplain program. Not all School Chaplains are kooks but they are there. Like the one my children had a primary school whose idea of dealing with bullying was the order the victim to apologise to the bully. He also believed that any physical contact with your own genitals was satantic. I kid you not. He was trippy.

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  • Earth Waratah

    25 February 2016 at 01:09 |
    As a former member of the Liberal Party, I can guarantee you that this political party has a rather large LGBTQI community amongst its ranks and yet they continue to support such measures to appease the demon of monotheism.

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  • Mark Elsby

    24 February 2016 at 15:27 |
    You need to get this in the news. The greens need to either ask this question or create an incident(not violent) with Cory Bernadi. This needs to make the news. Fancy still having chaplains in our "secular" schools system. This is getting beyond a joke.

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  • Julia

    24 February 2016 at 14:14 |
    Now here is a better proposal. Good on Robert Simms for genuinely saying something that needs to be said on a genuinely ridiculous program instigated by the extreme right of the Liberal party and their friends in the ACL.

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