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Focus on the Family kicked out of ACT schools

By johnboy 31 October 2009 43

It may surprise many to learn that ACT schools have been letting in nutballs with agendas to take up valuable school time pushing their barrows.

But the ABC reports that the nutballs have gone too far this time:

Focus on the Family has been accused of vilifying homosexuality, and preaching religion to students without parental consent.

A spokesman for Education Minister Andrew Barr says the government launched the investigation after a complaint made by a parent at a Canberra high school.

A better world, one group of intolerant weirdoes at a time.

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Pommy bastard 1:18 pm 09 Dec 09

Well I finally heard back from the school, after writing and asking them what the outcome was;

Good morning

There was a full investigation conducted by the Department. Andrew Barr addressed each of the allegations and presented a list of findings and recommendations. The date that this occurred in the Assembly was Thursday November 19. You should be able to access his statement through the Assembly.


Or in other words; “Here go find out for yourself.

So I did.


1. There is no indication that the seminars conducted at Canberra High School were inconsistent with the provisions of the Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT) or the ACT Department of Education and Training Providing Safe Schools P-12 or Religious Education in ACT Government Schools policies.

2. It is unlikely that students would have been influenced to the extent that they would have formed the impressions stated in the complainants’ letter.

3. A rigorous process of selection of this presenter was not undertaken by Canberra High School.

4. The Focus on the Family seminars were not part of an educational program at Canberra High School.


1. The Department develop a quality assurance process that accredits and approves outside organisations and individuals prior to their involvement with schools.

2. That schools be required to have parental approval prior to a student attending any event conducted by a non-government organisation or individual.

3. That schools develop more rigorous selection processes when accessing the services of outside organisations or individuals.

4. That schools vet all content before an outside organisation or individual presents to students, and that schools have appropriate preparation for students prior to presentations and appropriate follow up lessons.

5. That schools evaluate and seek feedback from students and teachers after seminars/ performances that have been presented by non-school staff to address any student issues or concerns.

p1 1:17 pm 25 Nov 09

to be told that homosexuality was equitable with bestiality and other disgusting views that these religious perverts were promoting could be very damaging to a young persons psych.

Homosexual activity is totally legal and socially acceptable. Are these fundies saying Bestiality should be too?

Skidbladnir 10:48 am 25 Nov 09

Why leave discussion of the seminar to those who attended (although as a taxpayer I -did- apparently pay for these students to attend) when the seminars, course materials, homework, and discussion questions are available online?

But just as I wouldn’t invite the local Labor branch Secretary to a SOSE class and talk about the economics of organised labour, why do it for religious groups coming into schools to pass social judgement on your kids and push for ineffectual religious\social programs under the guise of ‘health education’?

@PB, Deezagood, and Georgesgenitals:
In every other state in the country where they have presented these seminars (except NSW where it can be classed as ‘curricular’ since its performance art), permission slips are required.
Those permission slips mention that its a Christian-based program, with a focus on Christian teachings, and treat it as opt-in rather than opt-out.
The ACT seems to be another exception, where an off-curriculum program promoted by the local branch of a multinational right-wing religious organisation, with its own international media company and political lobby groups could be run in schools without permission slips or parental notification.

Right Wing Watch on FOF’s US parent company and lobbyist wing parareligious organisation and ‘research’ publisher
Example permission slip from a QLDschool

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