Religious Instruction should be suspended in all QLD and NSW state schools pending an investigation into inappropriate and proselytising teaching materials.
The Youthworks produced Connect program has been the subject of ongoing controversy with lessons involving beheadings, vampires, threats of damnation, threats of death, denigrating children as dirty sinners, and the blatant soliciting of conversions to Christianity.
The following is a small sample of media reports relating to Connect:
- Connect religious instruction says vampires fake but Bible is fact
- Hunting Little Souls: The Vampires of Religious Instruction – New Matilda
- Religious instruction in state schools ‘soliciting’ children to Christian faith
- The horrifying religious instruction classes planned for Qld schools
- Be selfish and you die, kids taught in religion class – The Australian
- Kids taught to mix bleach with cordial in religion class – Crikey
- This Christian School Program Was Teaching “Beheading Lessons …
- Race elements of religious education materials ‘highly offensive …
- Religious Instruction in Queensland schools is discriminatory… – Brisbane Times
- Religious education to be reviewed in some Queensland schools
The Queensland government is reviewing the Connect material after it was suspended by the principal of Windsor State School, because it was found to be proselytising.
But given how shockingly unsuitable the material is on a number of levels, it should be withdrawn from schools without delay. Anything less is tacit approval for religious fundamentalism, proselytising and age inappropriate teaching.