The fight is on for the hearts of our children.
The future of Christian education in Australia is under threat. The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has recommended sweeping reforms that would force Christian schools to compromise their deeply held beliefs on sexuality and gender.
If we don’t take urgent action now, we could see the end of authentic Christian schooling in Australia.
The ALRC has recently released its Consultation Paper on removing religious exemptions from the Sex Discrimination Act. Despite acknowledging the importance of religious freedom and parental rights, it has proposed severe restrictions on those rights.
The proposed reforms will strip religious schools of the right to hire staff who share their religious ethos unless their role is specifically “a religious role”, such as a religious studies teacher or a chaplain, prevent religious schools from requiring staff to model their religious beliefs on gender and sexuality, and restrict the ability of religious schools to address student behaviour in these areas.
These are alarming proposals that will entrench ‘progressive’ ideologies about gender and sexuality and destroy your rights to educate your children in accordance with your religious and moral convictions.
The proposed reforms are limited to religious educational institutions for now, but the ALRC has indicated that they could be extended to all religious institutions in due course.
We cannot allow this attack on Christian education and religious freedom to go unchallenged.
Your action today will send a powerful message to our federal politicians that these recommendations are unacceptable.
Join others in calling on the Prime Minister, the Attorney General, the Education Minister, and their Shadow counterparts to reject these dangerous proposals and defend religious freedom and Christian education in Australia.
To: The Prime Minister of Australia, the Attorney General, the Education Minister, and their Shadow counterparts,
I am deeply concerned about the legislative proposals by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) that could compromise the spiritual welfare of Australia’s children and silence truth in Christian schools.
These proposals will restrict Christian schools by
- denying them the right to hire staff who share their religious ethos unless their role is specifically “a religious role”, such as a religious studies teacher or a chaplain,
- preventing them requiring staff to model the school’s religious beliefs on gender and sexuality,
- denying them the right to address student behaviour in these areas.
I believe that it is crucial to protect the rights of Christian schools and educators to provide a faith-based education that aligns with their beliefs.
I urge you to reject this dangerous legislation and defend religious freedom.
Our children deserve access to a faith-based education and Christian schools deserve the right to provide such an education without fear of litigation or persecution.
As a nation, we must stand up for what is right and defend our religious freedom. I call on you to listen to our voices and take action to protect Christian schools and religious freedom in Australia.