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.

FIRIS is a parent-driven grassroots effort.  More, you say?

 

The main discussion between supporters is on our Facebook Page. Read the recent discussions and remember to LIKE us!

Fairness In Religions In School

What has education policy in Victorian schools got to do with the World Congress of Families?Well Robert Clark for a start. He's our Attorney-General. Capital A, capital G.The Age reported back in July about how he will be addressing the World Congress of Families. Two days ago the Guardian reported on the 2014 recipient of the 'Natural Family Woman of the Year' award Nigerian Theresa Okafor, an anti gay activist in a country where you can get 14 years in prison for being LGBTI. The 'Natural Family Man of the Year' is of course Kevin Andrews, federal Social Services Minister.Well thank heavens for our Senate because they have just passed a resolution condemning the World Congress of Families. Just for the record we here at FIRIS we don't think it's right that holders of public office should endorse organisations such as WCF whose agendas would seek to undermine the principles our parliament has endorsed.So what's Robert Clark doing here with the Minister for Education? Well according to the ACL's website he and the Minister are addressing a group of about 70 Christian leaders about 'issues pertaining to religious freedom'.Robert Clark was lending his imprimatur to Dixon's address which reiterated his 'commitment to freedom of religion, his support for the SRI program and for allowing students the freedom to engage in lunchtime religious activities. He also supported the continuation of the school chaplaincy program in Victoria'.Nice company you keep, Minister.Photo credit and main source: ACL website 28/8/14 ... See MoreSee Less

22 hours ago

Tom RottllerNo friggin wonder as to why when I asked him (Robert Clark) about SRI he was blinded to our issue that he basically defended SRI but claiming to me that it is only 30-minutes a week.I would love to interrupt his busy schedule gave give him my 30-minutes of indoctrination of atheism however as angry as I am, I won't stoop to his level.steam is coming out of me ears. >:-(21 hours ago

Fairness In Religions In School10am tomorrow Dixon is opening the Parents Victoria conference. Do you think maybe they will ask him about the influence of socially regressive factions on Victorian education policy?21 hours ago

Harry GordonMartin Dixon is compelled to play the "Maximise my Party Vote" game as are all politicians who stand a chance of getting their party into power. This does not excuse his weak behaviour. The only way to get politicians with power onside is to demonstrate how unpopular a policy is. FIRIS is doing a great job at this. Keep it up.20 hours ago

Chuan ChewFor a couple of months, Martin Dixon was the foremost effective political defender of secular public education in Australia. Then he undermined his own policies and his own Department, and now he's finished up at the World Congress of Families.21 hours ago