• 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

Boy, has our post about the Flying Spaghetti Monster Church gone viral or what?FIRIS would like to make a statement about this:We posted this news item, to highlight the fact that the government's way into the future is becoming clearer and clearer.The rational way forward can now only be General Religious Education.In practicality, the SRI model is not working and this is becoming increasingly obvious.And as today's post shows, it is now a comedy.FIRIS has always argued that SRI does nothing for Christianity or religion in general, and has in fact become a deterrent for most reasonable folk to want to be part of a church.While FIRIS finds it amusing that a group such as the FSM is wanting to be treated equally to other faiths, we would never endorse any group who wanted to deliver SRI.This is because it goes against the whole idea of our Secular education system, which was first executed by George Higginbotham in 1872.The Education Act of 1872 declared our schools to be "free, compulsory, and secular" and that is what FIRIS is fighting hard to restore.FIRIS is happy to see individual religions flourish and be promoted - just as long as our secular schools are not used as a vehicle for this.These various religious groups are not in the schools because they want to facilitate “ethical inquiry”, they are in the schools to convert children to follow their particular brand of religion.This does nothing for any of us, as individuals, or as a multicultural society that must learn how to live together side by side ... or pay the price.The demise of SRI is a foregone conclusion.The question is - how long will politicians choose to ignore reality before they embrace the inevitable? ... See MoreSee Less

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Anne Ogilviethere are thousands of religions; even if we in oz acknowledge only a few, how many would be entitled to access our schools? 10, 20, more? can anybody tell me how this could possible be feasible?4 hours ago

Rupert Fitzpatrick-RobertsonAbsolutely - General Religious Education (GRE) is the way to go. Minister Dixon didn't get it. James Merlino - Do you????4 hours ago

Alison CourticeThank you for clarifying your position on RI. I agree with it wholeheartedly4 hours ago

Rupert Fitzpatrick-RobertsonOur kids deserve quality GRE curriculum delivered by professional teachers . FIRIS and Victoria's Mums and Dads will accept nothing less.4 hours ago

Hesh MorganHow do you become a mentor for the flying spagetti monster?3 hours ago

Rupert Fitzpatrick-RobertsonACCESS Ministries can give you some hints. They get to teach Victorian children that they can speak directly to Jesus (he is a god from a different religion). The kids also learn that if their mummy and daddy don't believe in Jesus as the Holy Spirit, they won't see Mum and Dad in Heaven. They will be in Hell with all the gay people, Jews, Muslims etc3 hours ago

Phillipa ToiaAnd this Rupert is precisely why SRI should be removed from every public school in Australia. It is proselytizing with the intent of indoctrinating and because it divides kids in our schools as the result it is divisive.2 hours ago

Angie DayAnd now they're looking to get into our schools through the chaplaincy program. Why can't the government accept secular government schools?2 hours ago

Neil MuirheadAny rational person would have to regard the beliefs of the Abrahamic religions as comical. Unfortunately history and current events demonstrate that the consequences of human beings believing in the various strands of the Abrahamic religions are monumentally tragic rather than comedic.2 hours ago