I’m not sure why anybody is surprised – this is exactly the exemption that the religious lobby here in Victoria fought so hard for last year:
A SENIOR Anglican bishop calls it “appalling” and a gay and lesbian rights group condemns it as “deeply offensive”, but the Attorney-General, John Hatzistergos, backs a NSW law that allows private schools to expel gay students simply for being gay.
Through a spokesman, Mr Hatzistergos, described the 30-year-old law as necessary “to maintain a sometimes delicate balance between protecting individuals from unlawful discrimination while allowing people to practise their own beliefs”.
I suppose if a school community believed in expelling all the christian students, they’d be fine with that?
Respecting people’s beliefs is one thing. Permitting them to rely on those beliefs to discriminate in fundamental areas of life – like employment and education – is quite another.
And remember, this is 2011. That’s a present government Minister defending a law that lets schools expel kids just for being gay. Not for being disruptive, or argumentative, or in any way actually expressing their sexuality (as they bloody well should have as much right to do as any other student) – just for being gay and being found out and having had parents who put their educational futures in the hands of people who want them to hate themselves and therefore should have no business having children put in their care at all.
There is no excuse for this kind of cruelty to kids, and anyone who thinks their beliefs require them to do such a thing really needs to have a look at what kind of person they’ve become.
ELSEWHERE: And in Victoria the supposedly “moderate” Baillieu government is quickly revealing its true colours as it winds back even the extremely limited reforms Labor made in this area:
THE Baillieu government is preparing to restore unlimited rights to religious organisations to discriminate against gays and lesbians, single mothers and people who hold different spiritual beliefs…
Under the Labor reforms, for instance, a religious welfare agency that refuses to serve a same-sex couple must prove how this action conformed to its faith, or a Catholic school that refused to employ a single mother as a receptionist must show why the job was important to following the school’s faith.
But this so-called ”inherent requirements” test would soon be scrapped, Mr Clark said in an interview with The Sunday Age.
Because it’s vital to a religious school’s functioning that the lesbian receptionist be sacked.
Funnily enough, I doubt they’d be happy with secular schools sacking Christian receptionists…