AIMS OF FIRIS

  • Maintain an inclusive school curriculum that does not require any student to withdraw from class on account of different religious beliefs.
  • Formally cease the practice of volunteer-run special religious instruction (SRI) during school hours.
  • Follow an objective, fair and balanced comparative syllabus for education about religions and beliefs.
  • Treat all religious organisations who wish to use the school facilities outside of the school day with transparent and equitable policies.

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Fairness In Religions In School

Adrian Piccoli clearly has a huge mess on his hands with the SRE program. This is what happens when you look the other way while allowing others to abuse your goodwill and trust. And the GFSM Church doesn't look like it is going away without a fight. ... See MoreSee Less

We received another letter (without purpose) from the NSW DEC yesterday. They unsurprisingly failed to provide a transparent decision and failed to address any of our reasonable questions. While we dearly hope that it does not have to come to it...we sent the below correspondence to make it explicitly clear (in any future administrative court proceeding) our objections to Minister Piccoli's involvement in the assessment of our application. What a farce the DEC process has shown itself to be! Pastafarians are not requesting any special privileges. Just give us our equal rights already! Rev. Dan ************************************************************************** Dear Dr. Cullen, In regards to your e-mail with the attached letter from Peter Lorking both dated 22 April 2015, I wish to put on record: 1) GCFSM objection to the length of time it has taken to receive a decision in this matter. The NSW Ombudsman has confirmed to the GCFSM on 10 April that no other application in recent time frames have exceeded 251 days. Our application has now exceeded 270 days. 2) GCFSM demand that a DEC decision regarding our application is provided to us in a timely, fair and transparent manner. 3) GCFSM objection to our application being subjected to the influence of the NSW SRE Consultative Committee. This committee has a direct conflict of interest in this matter and it cannot be relied upon to fairly and impartially administer Section 32 of the Education Act 1990 on behalf of the NSW public. 3) GCFSM demand that Minister Piccoli recuse his self from participating in the approval process of our application. Minister Piccoli's quote in the 25 March 2015 Newcastle Herald referring to the GCFSM "As long as I am Minister for Education, this group will never be approved to teach SRE in NSW public schools" has made it explicitly and blatantly clear that the Minister is biased with regards to our application. 4) GCFSM demand that Minister Piccoli recuse his self from participating in the approval process of any FUTURE application that the GCFSM might lodge. Minister Piccoli has made it explicitly clear that our group will NEVER be approved irrespective of the merits of any future application that we may wish to submit. Minister Piccoli has clearly demonstrated to the NSW public that he is acting in a biased, partial and prejudicial manner. 5) GCFSM demand that Minister Piccoli recuse his self from participating in the approval process of any future application from a Pastafarian faith as we perceive his bias to extend to our entire religious persuasion. 6) GCFSM demand that Minister Piccoli recuse his self from participating in the approval process of any future application from a faith that worships a non-Abrahamic deity as we perceive his bias to extend to any faith that does not worship his personal deity. NSW law requires that our application must be assessed by persons who have no other interest than fairly and impartially administering Section 32 of the Education Act 1990 on behalf of the NSW public which specifies that time should be set aside in every government school for the religious education of children of ANY religious persuasion. Sincerely, Rev Dan Guenther GCFSM

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The NSW DEC has advised us that parents give their consent for SRE on the enrolment forms. Any extra consent forms, brochures,etc are optional at the discretion of the individual schools. We have attached the NSW enrolment form below - which really does make a mockery of "informed consent". How is any parent, who is busy and has a million other things to do, and who generally places a great deal of trust in the education system, even to suspect anything other than what is written on this form - that it is religious "education". And how in the hell is the average parent supposed to know that SRE includes such things such as sexuality instruction? And as you can see, the NSW Gov't has not even established if the child is of a particular "religious persuasion". The question about what the child's religion is is totally OPTIONAL. Therefore, in any given SRE class, how does the DEC or anyone know how many Christians or members of other faiths (or none) are present? ... See MoreSee Less

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Kim UptonIf that's the case then why was I still required to "opt-out" even though we had already specified "No" to SRE and "Yes" to SEE on this same enrolment form?2 days ago

Natasha NagyIn VIC it's opt in, I thought NSW was the same?...Good days and bad days, today may feel like a crappy one I guess. And by crappy I mean futile. Tomorrow is another day, remember, we only have opt in because of people like you, we have more constructive lessons for those not doing RE, because of your good fight, we have less people accepting their dose of forced religious medicine-or their children- because of you peeps. It is a winning story, but frustratingly slow. Once again, THANK YOU for all you do.2 days ago

Tracey AsteroidWell obviously everyone is opted into christian scripture....2 days ago

Jim LittleI would think the enrollment form would be a good place to put this, though it seems unnecessary that some schools would then have additional consent forms. There are two places to specify religion, if one opted to; one associated with SRE preference; the other more generally about religion or none.2 days ago

Conrad Henley-CalvertThis is a step up from where I thought it was. I was under the impression that ethics wasn't mentioned except to those who had already opted out of SRE (the result of some Fred Nile negotiations, I believe). To see it referenced at all is something. But the form falls far short of the Victorian one.2 days ago

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NSW UPDATE We have a media source contacting the NSW DEC Director about this scandal today for comment. Stay tuned. ... See MoreSee Less

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Gordon Church of The Flying Spaghetti MonsterGetting a transparent response out of the DEC is not easy....Well done if you can get them to own up to something!2 days ago

Fairness In Religions In SchoolPru Goward has also been contacted.2 days ago

Fairness In Religions In SchoolThe fact is, and we are sorry to hold back from our supporters, but we have had to abstain from releasing the most controversial content for behind the scenes, but all will be revealed. It is indeed a mess. Stay with us please.2 days ago

Tracey AsteroidExcuse person who was up most of the night with ill husband, and only just rejoined the world. What scandal?2 days ago

Fairness In Religions In SchoolSee a couple of posts below Tracey Asteroid2 days ago

Natasha NagyGood luck, keep them honest and accountable and don't back down to the giants. And most of all, THANK YOU.2 days ago

Gavin ParsonsI see?2 days ago

Kay ClarkeIs there a reason that the DET site is not available?? I Are they hiding something perhaps??2 days ago

Fairness In Religions In SchoolKay Clarke - What?2 days ago

Fairness In Religions In SchoolYes, you are right. That SRE information is not available2 days ago

Fairness In Religions In School

From Mount Waverley Primary's newsletter today. Notice any problems? Let's spell it out again: 1) Apparently placing both Christianity *and* Islam on the same consent form and seeking consent for Christian and Muslim SRI in the same way was impossible. Maybe the extra toner or paper was too heavy or expensive. Maybe someone was offended about putting "Christianity" and "Islam" in close proximity on the same piece of paper. Maybe the school assumes Christian SRI deserves stronger promotion than Islamic SRI. We'd love to hear a reasonable explanation. 2) Against DET policy, the decision to offer both forms of SRI has been made before the consent forms have been returned and assessed. You already marginalise families when you run SRI. But in case it isn't clear what religion Mount Waverley PS prefers, the school puts the thumb on the SRI enrolment scales so that consent for Islamic SRI gets minimal exposure, while Christian SRI simultaneously gets the full-court press with universal consent form distribution. FIRIS's position, of course, is that SRI shouldn't run at all and (also according to the law) that no Government school should favour any particular religious practice. "SRI Christian Instruction will be commencing this term. If you would like your child/children to participate in SRI Christian Instructions, please return the Parent Consent Form with the payment of $10." "SRI Islamic Instruction will be commencing this term. If you would like your child/children to participate in SRI Islamic Instruction, please collect a Parent Consent Form from the Office or download the form from the school’s website and return the completed form to school." ... See MoreSee Less

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Carmen StobausWow. They perhaps could have translated it into arabic also.19 hours ago

Fairness In Religions In School

For anyone who thinks the many examples we have posted already here about SRE are isolated, or are "accidents", we can assure you there are many, many more, which show that the entire program is broken and that parents are NOT being told what their kids are being exposed to. Are we angry? - yes of course we are angry. As parents, we are appalled at what we have mounting up as evidence, which we now feel amounts to enough to call a parliamentary inquiry! This is no exaggeration. Just yesterday we came across yet another sex instruction curriculum being used in SRE classes - and there are several. This one centres around divorce and sex and is developed for Year 7 students in public schools. We have chosen to only show a very small sample today, because as you know, this content swiftly gets pulled down whenever it receives public attention. This is an SRE lesson for 12-14 year olds. Here is a preview, but more to come. Does the average parent on the streets of NSW today want their child taught this one-sided and sexist rubbish? ... See MoreSee Less

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Fairness In Religions In SchoolAnd nobody wants to take responsibility for any of this. Not the DEC, not the very people who produce the shit (they just shut down their websites) and not people who are publicly endorsing this program, like John Dickson and Greg Clarke. No one!2 days ago

Jim LittleSurely there is an organisation that oversees SRE eg http://generate.org.au/about ??2 days ago

Fairness In Religions In SchoolWell ... Jim Little we are sad to say that Generate are in the poo too. They have deleted content and we have posted controversial content about them also. Sorry.2 days ago

Jim LittleIt was pretty clear that during the attempts to introduce Primary Ethics in NSW that there was a reasonable amount of angst among the leaders of the NSW SRE providers and their wider church communities. It seemed then the SRE providers were disorganised & disparate fiefdoms, and that still seems to be the case.2 days ago

Julia EmThis is disgraceful content! Negative stereotypes anyone? Yet again we see the message that you are hopeless without Jesus, prone to all sorts of gaffs (gender-specific ones, of course). Can't they find a better message to sell?2 days ago

Natasha NagyThis is bs. The angry feminist in me wants to punch whoever wrote this in the throat. Glad my kids aren't doing RE and never will.2 days ago

Freyja McCarthyAwful. Keep up the good work FIRIS.2 days ago

Ouisie RogersWhat tripe! Unbelievable.2 days ago

Jasmine AslanidesWelcome to 1950... This content is at best mysogynistic and guilty of perpetuating outdated stereotypes. At worst it paints women as nothing but "marriage material" and keeps the sexist , patriarchal paradigm alive through their statements. It should be burned.2 days ago

Elizabeth SutherlandThere's emotional virginity now? These people are sick.2 days ago

Sebastian SardinaOhh dear, this is happening right now, 2015 in Australia! Shame2 days ago

Tony GavinWhen will these completely worthless faith-heads finally be ejected from all schools? Absolutely disgraceful material.2 days ago

Carolyn AnnThis is so sad and awful. I actually feel pitty for the **** that wrote this, and for any confused child that has been exposed to it...2 days ago

Kay ClarkeDisgusting! Hard to know where to start on this awful rubbish. Just the relationship success alone - what does that mean?? Presumably the 50 out of 100 marriages that fail don't have Jesus in their lives?? It is all utterly wrong but nevertheless extremely harmful.2 days ago

Tom RottllerStatistics shows now that the rates is the same between those of outside of xianity and those within the xian faith are basically the same and yet they treat this as an effect for not following their faith. There are several people I personally know that are still fundamental xians and married, divorced and remarried. Such hypocrisy from the xian churches to even make this as fact. Downright I am angry and good on ya FIRIS for exposing them.2 days ago

Andrew OwensThe gender roles implicit in this piece are based on stereotypes from a long gone era. And the dodgy statistics simply reflect that those who get married are often the living-together ones which actually worked and they decided to officialise it after a while. I'm opposed to SRE generally but stuff like this just makes me feel sorry for the kids it's being pushed onto.2 days ago

Gavin ParsonsWhere is that material from and where is it used?2 days ago

Fairness In Religions In SchoolWe will post this tomorrow. Just need to save it all first. It is written by an SRE teacher for use in SRE classes and sold online Gavin Parsons2 days ago

David ZyngierOMG - this misogynist & homophobic material is permitted in our public schools - Parliamentary Inquiry NOW!1 day ago

Fairness In Religions In SchoolWe are trying to make that happen David Zyngier. Meeting with a filmmaker today.1 day ago

Jaye ChristieSomebody wake me from this 1950s conservative nightmare. Gah!1 day ago

Tom RottllerWhat about Today Tonight or ACA as this material is simply unacceptable. David is correct that there is a desperate need for a parliamentary enquiry regarding this material being distributed to schools as to where next are they going to hit... the LBGTI community?1 day ago

Julia EmThey're onto that already, Tom. https://www.facebook.com/QldParentsSecularStateSchools/photos/a.1444857872442174.1073741827.1443949422533019/1507154129545881/?type=1&theater1 day ago