Entries by michael

God is More Permissive than Queensland Abortion Law

Queensland’s abortion law among the most repressive in world and must change – The Courier Mail 9 August 2016 FOUR in five Queenslanders want to change the archaic 1899 state law which makes terminating a pregnancy a crime. A committee of inquiry has been asked by Parliament to report by August 28 on independent MP […]

Suspend Religious Instruction in QLD and NSW State Schools

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 […]

Mark ‘No religion” on the 2016 Census

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What Parents aren’t told about Connect Religious Lessons: The Vampires of Religious Instruction and the Contest for the Souls of Children

What parents aren’t told about the  #Connect #religiousinstruction lessons – Hunting Little Souls: The Vampires of Religious Instruction – @NewMatilda 21 June 2016 Parents who thought religious instruction was benign have been misled by both a lack of oversight, and the ratcheting up of evangelising in the materials. Most school websites inadvertently mislead parents by reassuring them the […]

Parents should worry about religious education materials

Parents should worry about religious education materials – 07 June 2016 The Sydney Morning Herald (Image courtesy The Sydney Morning Herald) Windsor State School has banned the Connect Religious Instruction (RI) classes following a review by the principal. The move may have significant ramifications, since the Connect curriculum is widely used for RI in Queensland […]

It’s time for an inquiry into the contents of religious instruction in Qld schools

It’s time for an inquiry into the contents of # religious instruction in # Qld schools The horrifying religious instruction classes planned for Qld schools – Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Brisbane Times 20 April 2016. Following publication of this article, Youthworks has withdrawn the class on David and Goliath, as per Buzzfeed: This Christian […]

The Church and its weakening grip over Telstra and taxes

The Church and its weakening grip over Telstra and taxes – ABC’s The Drum 14 April 2016 News that Telstra has apparently bowed to pressure from the Catholic Church and backed away from public support for marriage equality comes at a time many Australians are reconsidering the role of religion in our society. Telstra and other […]