Please see below for an update on how the petition turned out
It’s getting tiresome, I know. Another day, another batch of age inappropriate ideas forcefully aimed at children.
We’re all busy. For those with children, you’re particularly busy parenting. You might even say you’re too busy doing the real work of parenting. Let those who are so inclined play the political game. I get that. Especially when in the trenches doing the important, privileged “routines” of childcare, I really get that.
Here’s the thing: they are coming for the children in your lives whether you acknowledge it or not. For your children, grandchildren, nephews, neices, friends, this is not a fight you invited but it is spilling over into your home. This is the Home Front in the wider cultural war of ideas. And ideas have consequences. The lives and eternities of sons and daughters consequences.
Like it or not, being aware and influencing culture is part of parenting in today’s world. Let alone what you should be as God’s salt and light.
Cultural phenomena has momentum, for better or for worse. Unsurprisingly, since the introduction of the “Safe Schools” program, a thinly disguised piece of social engineering promoted as a high school anti-bullying program, we have since seen these ideas attempting to approach younger children. There is dispute over this but the mere fact that it is possible says volumes.
What says even more is this: A website which this program links has undergone changes to remove links to some of its highly questionable material. It is documented here. No change of attitude toward such material has been declared so it is only reasonable to assume it was only done to avoid further scrutiny.
Let children be children. The logic that such material is age appropriate, would also class calculus and genetic recombination theory as suited to be taught to children. Ridiculous? Exactly.
A Call To Action
Bullying victimises everyone, both the bully and the bullied. The heart and mind of the bully must be warped to do it and it inflicts the same on the bullied.
No one should be bullied, let alone a child. So it is important measures against bullying be put in place that work for all children. All children. There are many different groups who face bullying and they are all best served with programs which address bullying per se, not indoctrination. Compassion and care are needed for those under confusion, no indoctrination.
This is where your help has been vital. Your participation in previous petitions has changed the course of culture on this. Literally. The signatures you generated has prompted a review into this but more importantly, an awakening in the wider community of what is being smuggled through into schools.
As said, cultural phenomena has momentum so let’s keep this up.
Contact your local and federal members to express your views on this topic.
And for those who are eligible, I’d encourage you to please participate in these 2 petitions and encourage others to do too: One for all Australians and one for Queenslanders.
Last time, we generated 10,891 signatures for the Queensland petition alone. In a democracy, numbers count. Let’s surpass that, especially since there is also a rival petition that’s seeking to force this program onto children. What’s particularly telling is this part in that petition….
“Require that the list of schools currently using the program remains unpublished.”
This rival petition insists that this is “a vital resource” and by implication, a necessary good. So why are they trying to hide details of it? Like other supporters of this program and as shown by the website changes documented above, there is much rhetoric and obfuscation with little response on the actual concerning details in it.
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor”.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
I encourage you to free our children from the suffocation of silence. Step out from under it and keep stepping out for today it is this and tomorrow it will take another form.
For this and other cultural challenges, it will take All Of Us and it will keep taking All Of Us.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Further details: Parental Ferocity – An Example.
Update: Thank you for all who participated in the petition. It gathered 11,416 signatures (see it here) - more than the 10,111 which asked for the program to continue unreviewed. When one considers how many gather in God's name every given week, this is but the beginning. It's time for more of us to be heard.
My thanks to the readers who alerted me to some of these developments.