READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE, THE ORIGINAL SCREED, AND OUR POST ABOUT THIS
It speaks volumes that we have a program in our schools which encourages people with extremist views like this to use our classrooms to instruct children in their religion, however, we employ our trained teachers to monitor these people.
Here is the news media as reported in March 26, 2014, by Konrad Marshall and Benjamin Preiss:
A volunteer religious instructor at a Mitcham primary school has come under fire from an activist group about a blog post labelled as offensive to homosexuals and minorities.
Karen Dobby, an Access Ministries volunteer religious instructor at Antonio Park Primary School, is listed as an Australian Christians candidate on the party’s website.
Ms Dobby refused to comment when contacted by The Age but the school expressed confidence in her, saying she acted with integrity.
In a blog entry titled ”What’s happening in our nation…??” that was posted in February and removed last week Ms Dobby said society promoted homosexuality in young people ”by making it sound ‘normal’ rather than encouraging them to fight against early thoughts of same-sex attractions”.
The screed took aim at same-sex marriage ”which will have a huge negative impact on the family unit”.
Ms Dobby also attacked specific aspects of multiculturalism by describing gripes such as ”when entering banks other religions can wear full head/face garments, but we MUST remove bike helmets”.
Christian religious instruction provider Access Ministries did not respond by deadline.
The Education Department was informed of the blog post last week by the parents organisation and activist group, Fairness in Religion in Schools, which also brought it to public attention as part of a social media campaign.
Campaign manager Lara Wood said Ms Dobby had a right to publish the blog but her views were inconsistent with the Education Department’s position on tolerance for homosexual students. ”She’s saying homosexuality is a curable condition,” she said. ”I do think it’s offensive.”
Karen Patten, principal of Antonio Park Primary School for the past four years, said she was surprised to read the blog post, saying neither she nor the school supported those views.
However, Ms Patten said, any fears that the views expressed in the blog had been passed on to students during the weekly 30-minute religious instruction sessions – which are allowed in state schools – were unfounded.
”I’m very confident that has not occurred,” Ms Patten said. ”I’ve spoken to teachers and they have said that, no, she just teaches from the booklets.
”She has conducted herself with the utmost integrity and professionalism, all the way.”
A spokesman for the Education Department said that while they do not condone the personal views published on the blog, volunteer religious instructors are supervised by a teacher at all times.
”The school has not observed any behaviour indicating that Ms Dobby has aired her personal views in the classroom,” the spokesman said.