New South Wales’ new education department guidelines are targeting religious education programs by prohibiting volunteer scripture teachers from referring to gender-related issues. Not content with pushing gender ideology into the classrooms, LGBT activists are seeking to remove any voices that do not kowtow to the new gender fluid agenda. The mandate is yet another attempt to subvert the ban placed on the Safe Schools program earlier this year.
Although relatively recent, The Daily Telegraph reports that the attack is already taking a toll, with scripture teachers wanting to know what else they will be banned from teaching:
They want to know whether the new policy means that SRE teachers are not allowed to teach the seventh commandment, “Thou shalt not commit adultery”, or the Sermon on the Mount, which includes the line: “everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart”.
Rev Barnes asks if the Ten Commandments has to become the “Nine Suggestions”.
“Such a policy would clearly hand over the teaching of sexual ethics to those of the same mindset as the one who brought in the Safe Schools Program.
“So much for freedom of religion, even in voluntary SRE classes.”
Voluntary SRE classes (emphasis on voluntary) implies that parents can sign their children up for classes or remove them as they see fit. If a parent does not want their child exposed to religious views on sexuality, then they have the ability to not opt-in to the classes (an opportunity not afforded to parents of children for Safe Schools and other sex and gender ideology classes.)
The new education guidelines effectively toss religious freedom, forcing a political agenda onto a voluntary group. Instead of asking the dissenters to leave, the government is requesting that religion be molded to cater to the most recent political agenda.
Safe schools may have been done away with, but identity politics are here for the long haul.