Wednesday – 1 June 2016
By Miranda Devine
Jeff Kennet has to be kidding. The BeyondBlue chairman has called for the resignation of Roz Ward, the co-founder of the Safe Schools sexual indoctrination program.
Kennett says her “extreme political views” rendered the Marxist academic “ineligible to be involved in any program …. in schools”. But Ward is just a symptom of the disease.
Under Kennett, the depression charity has donated a whopping $600,000 over the past two years to La Trobe University’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, which spawned and runs Safe Schools and other radical sex education programs for children — which are disguised in the curriculum as anti-bullying or anti-domestic violence initiatives.
Instead of trying to deflect anger onto an easy scapegoat, Kennett needs to explain to donors what due diligence was done on this donation.
Not much, clearly. A brief Google search of the people and publications involved should have set off alarm bells for Kennett and fellow board members, including former prime minister Julia Gillard.
Kennett’s due diligence on behalf of vulnerable youth is put to shame by a group of mothers from inner-western Sydney’s Greek community. They are on the warpath against Safe Schools and similar radical sex education programs, and have set up a Facebook page and website titled: You’re Teaching our Children What?
Sophie, one of 10 mothers involved, says they want to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals but they have had an “overwhelmingly positive response” from parents.
“I found out my son’s school was part of Safe Schools and I hadn’t been informed so we started looking at the program and all the gender theory behind it,” she said yesterday.
“None of it sat well with us. When you speak to (other mothers) they’re horrified, upset and feel they have no control …
“It’s not an anti-bullying program … This program is about sexualisation of children and it’s not what our families believe in, and I don’t believe it is what most Australians believe in.”
Emails to the website have flooded in from parents anxious about Safe Schools and other sex programs taught without their knowledge. They say their children are being bullied and stigmatised by teachers for not conforming on issues such as same-sex marriage and gender and sexual fluidity.
One girl wrote to complain about her geography teacher’s advocacy of same-sex marriage: “I dreaded going to my geography lessons. If someone tries to say anything we get shut down and are labelled as bigots or haters … It makes me feel scared and uncomfortable”.
One mother wrote that her children were shown a video during assembly before Wear It Purple Day: “My children … felt as if the video was promoting homosexual and transsexual lifestyles as desirable.”
Afterwards a girl asked her Year 8 son what he thought about homosexuality. “He responded that he did not agree with this lifestyle choice. The girl then called my son a homophobe … My son felt that the group of students there at the time supported the girl and labelled him a homophobe unfairly. It made the rest of the week at school difficult for him … This incident has led to ongoing bullying.”
Father Eusebios, the Abbot of the Pantanassa Greek Orthodox Monastery, told some of the families at a forum in Belmore last month of the confusion and anxiety the new sex education classes are creating for children.
“From first-hand experience as confessor … I’ve been confronted with many examples that have given me the drive to ask you to join us to do something about this …
“I had a 13-year-old child come to me who tells me he’s been told to go home and find a picture of a male celebrity on the internet and explain to the entire class why he is sexually attracted to that male and he says to the teacher ‘I can’t do this’ and she removes him from the classroom.”
State-sponsored sexualisation of children, in the form of Safe Schools, Building Respectful Relationships (BRR), and Start Early for preschoolers is not occurring by accident.
It is a deliberate and systematic program of sexual indoctrination designed by university gender studies academics, and based on the anti-family theories of the architects of communism, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, and their later mutations.
It is being administered without parental consent, and is designed to revolutionise family relationships and transform the way children think about gender and heterosexual sex.
But the sleeping giant of parental concern is beginning to stir.
In churches and schools in the inner west the Greek community has begun the backlash, and they’re making it an election issue.
Vote Labor and you get Safe Schools, they say.
The problem is that both major parties have allowed these sexualisation programs to infiltrate schools.
The Andrews government in Victoria is the most extreme proponent, but Safe Schools was launched by the Gillard government, funded and defended by the Abbott government, and continues with modifications under the Turnbull government.
And the Prime Minister’s wife Lucy Turnbull has become an ambassador for Our Watch, the organisation that is pushing the introduction of BRR in Victorian schools, in the guise of preventing domestic violence.
No one has done the due diligence and our children are the losers.