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Karen and Ian Dobby are foster carers - and Karen has been involved in Christian Religious Education (CRE) for 17 years in Victoria. Commendable qualities!
Now they are being told by Anglicare that they are not wanted as foster carers - and Karen has been told she is 'not welcome' back at the school as part of the CRE program.
All because she expressed her views on homosexuality and Islam in PUBLIC. Karen ran as a candidate for Australian Christians last year and wrote a blog...
The groups all talk about DIVERSITY and TOLERANCE - but there is NO tolerance of Christians with a Biblical worldview!
Karen was told she could have her PERSONAL views but NOT express them in public.
Read our FEATURE ARTICLE following - and take action by contacting the relevant groups...
Christians in foster care and religious education – Just keep QUIET!
Christians have always been involved in offering foster care – and in volunteering to be instructors of Christian Religious Education in schools. They are motivated by their Christian faith to contribute to society in this way.
But we are rapidly seeing that anyone who holds Biblical values is being pushed out of the public square, and are being told that it is unacceptable to hold or express those values. We saw it with the CEO of Mozilla last week – and we are also seeing it right here in Victoria, Australia!
Last year, a program on ABC’s Lateline highlighted the crisis in foster care and showed the wonderful service provided by one couple, Karen and Ian Dobby.
As you’ll see below, Karen’s involvement with Christian Religious Education in schools and her voluntary work as a foster carer with Anglicare are under threat because of statements she made about homosexuality, same-sex ‘marriage’ and Islam in a personal blog in the context of standing as a candidate for Australian Christians.
The school has now said that Karen is not welcome at the school despite initially commenting on her integrity and professionalism. Karen has resigned from the Board of the Foster care Association of Victoria because the group made it clear her views were inconsistent with FCAV and Anglicare has now asked her to resign as a foster carer, which Karen has declined to do.
In essence, this is about DISCRIMINATION – these organisations talk about ‘accepting diversity’ but they are not prepared to accept ‘diversity’ if it relates to mainstream Christian views.
It is also about public and private faith. Karen has been told that she can hold those views in PRIVATE but cannot express them in PUBLIC!
We encourage you to read this article, which documents recent media reports as well as the current situation.
We urge you to read an online post and Media Release from Australian Christians.
Article on Australian Christians website… Warming – this may shock you
Australian Christians also encourage us to POLITELY write to the Principal of the Primary School and to Anglicare, encouraging them to re-instate Karen (and her husband) to their roles.
Links to articles mentioned are at the END of the article.
Karen and Ian Dobby as foster carers, and volunteer for CRE…
Karen and Ian Dobby are Christians, and they wanted to help children who didn’t have the same opportunities that their own children had received. They have been foster carers for 10 years. Last year, a program on the ABC’s Lateline highlighted the crisis in foster care and showed the wonderful service provided by Karen and Ian.
View the short program on Lateline:
Lateline - 09/07/2013: Foster care system is at breaking point
Karen is also a voluntary instructor of Christian Religious Education at her local primary school.
Also motivated by their Christian faith, Karen and Ian joined the Australian Christians political party, as they wanted to ‘make a difference’ to society. They ran as candidates at the 2013 federal election. Click here for Karen’s statement about standing as a candidate on the AC site and here for Ian’s statement.
During that time, Karen wrote an article on her personal blog about some of the current issues from a Christian perspective – including comments on homosexuality, same-sex ‘marriage’ and Islam. The article has since been removed from the internet.
Karen is now being criticised for her statements, with groups claiming that her views are ‘incompatible’ with the voluntary work she has been doing.
Karen’s role as a volunteer CRE instructor
On March 26, 2014, The Age ran an article revealing that Karen is a voluntary Christian Religious Education instructor at Antonio Park Primary School in Mitcham, a Melbourne suburb.
The parent group that is challenging the teaching of CRE in schools, Fairness in Religion in Schools, discovered the blog and found out about Karen’s involvement in CRE. They told the Education Department and the public about it, as part of their “social media campaign”!
The report noted, “However, the Principal, 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.''
But things change quickly…
The Principal of the Primary School has now said that Karen is no longer welcome at the school as part of the CRE program!
Karen has been involved in CRE for 17 years, and has been taking eight classes a week!
The fallout concerning Karen’s ‘foster care involvement’
Karen has been a Board Member of the Foster Care Association of Victoria (FCAV) for the past six years. Following the publishing of the first article in The Age, the Foster Care Association of Victoria decided that Karen’s views weren’t consistent with FCAV. The management met with Karen and she felt that the only option was to resign as it was untenable to continue in her role.
Just TWO days later, on 28 March, they published a statement saying that Karen had ‘RESIGNED’ but it was obvious there was more to it…
The Statement began by acknowledging her “positive contributions”, including being President and Board Secretary and that she “has conducted herself with integrity and professionalism”.
But they went on, “However, the FCAV Board does not consider Karen's recently publicised views relating to diverse communities to be consistent with the values of FCAV, particularly in light of our work promoting diversity in the Victorian foster care community.”
What about the ‘diversity’ of Christians with a Biblical worldview?
It only took a few days for The Age to write another report…
Last week they reported that Karen had been “forced to quit” as a Board member of the Foster Care Association of Victoria because of her “offensive blog”.
The article included a statement for m a spokesman for FCAV.
“Alistair Perkins, a spokesman for the volunteer-run association, said no one was aware of Ms Dobby's views until the blog post became public following an article in The Age. Ms Dobby was a director of the association for six years. "It was shocking," Mr Perkins said. "Knowing her quite well, I almost can't believe it. It's not a good situation – her views are problematic for this organisation. Our board has an Egyptian Islamic man and a gay woman, so her position was immediately untenable."
Some foster care agencies are actively recruiting homosexuals as foster carers – the article noted that Berry Street advertises on homosexual radio station Joy FM and recently attended the Chill Out queer festival in Daylesford.
Karen demonstrated her acceptance of ‘diversity’ in her contribution to, and involvement with, FCAV for six years – but their acceptance of ‘diversity’ DOESN’T include her…
So in the battle of the POLITICALLY CORRECT, Christians are LOSING OUT!
Foster carers for Anglicare
This is where it becomes even more personal…
Karen and Ian have worked with Anglicare for many years as foster carers. They have now been told that their views are ‘not consistent’ with the values of Anglicare.
But, you say, Anglicare is part of the Anglican Church and is a Christian organisation. How can their ‘values’ be so different?
Anglicare’s ‘Foster care’ page says, “People from all walks of life can become foster carers. It doesn't matter whether you are married, single, older, younger, with or without kids or in a same sex relationship – everyone can make a positive difference in a child's life.” (emphasis added)
Yes, well that explains it!
Anglicare has told Karen that she can have private views, but not express them in PUBLIC.
Anglicare has asked Karen and Ian to RESIGN as foster carers but Karen has declined to do so, claiming that they are being discriminated against because of their religious and political beliefs and activity – which are both protected attributes under Victoria’s Equal Opportunity Act (See section 6).
Parents group offended by religion teacher's blog criticising gays, The Age, 26/3/2014.
Director of foster care group forced to quit over offensive blog post, The Age, 6/4/2014.
Foster care Association of Victoria’s statement:
Resignation of Director - Karen Dobby, FCAV, 28/3/2014.
Media Release – Shining the light on Dobby - Discrimination in the name of diversity
Article on Australian Christians website… Warming – this may shock you
If you would like to support Karen and Ian by taking action, you could contact Anglicare and the Principal of Antonio Park Primary School and politely ask them to respect diversity by allowing Karen and Ian to continue in their roles.
More info from Australian Christians - or contact us...
Read the item on the latest news regarding the Bendigo Bank closing an account for a group that opposed a mosque...
An incredible irony - the Bank's mascot is a PIG and they have 'PIGGY accounts' for schoolchildren. Not very 'tolerant' and 'inclusive' to Muslims!
At this Easter time we remember the enormous sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us by dying a cruel death on a cross in our place! It was all part of God's amazing plan.
From this side of the resurrection, we can rejoice in the knowledge that JESUS ROSE from the dead on the third day and HE LIVES!
David's article, Nobody is ‘born that way,’ gay historians say, highlights the fact that historically the homosexual community has NOT thought that homosexuals were 'born that way' or that sexual orientation is 'innate'. Less than forty years ago the homosexual movement did not support the notion that they were 'born that way'. But with the advent of AIDS, and the movement to gain 'acceptance' as outlined in the Kirk and Madsen book 'After the Ball' (see our previous post), homosexual activists changed their strategies.
But the reality is that there is NO scientific evidence that homosexuality is genetic (see Neil Whitehead's online book 'My Genes made me do it') - which is also affirmed by David in his article.
Some homosexuals have also realised that, if it was found to be genetic, then pre-natal tests could be developed that may lead to women aborting babies they knew would be homosexual!
In the article, David begins,
"Virtually no serious person disputes that in our society, people generally experience their gay or straight orientations as unchosen and unchangeable. But the LGBT community goes further, portraying itself as a naturally arising subset of every human population, with homosexuality being etched into some people’s DNA."
He highlights the fact that one of the KEY groups using the 'born that way' argument are religious groups that want to AFFIRM homosexuality:
" And the major argument gays and lesbians have made for religious affirmation has been, “God made me this way'.”
David quotes homosexual historians and looks at cultures and history in this insightful article. He uses the word 'gayness', as Kirk and Madsen did - and states,
"But a surprising group of people doesn’t think that – namely, scholars of gay history and anthropology. They’re almost all LGBT themselves, and they have decisively shown that gayness is a product of Western society originating about 150 years ago."
David's conclusion about 'sexual orientation':
"Of course, none of this means people don’t have sexual orientations today, it just means sexual orientations are specific to our culture, and thus not basic human nature. In tech-speak, that means being gay is in the software of some people’s lives, but it’s in nobody’s hardware."
Of course, as a homosexual, David hasn't given up on the homosexual 'agenda'... he still wants to see increased rights for homosexuals as outlined in his final paragraph - he just dismisses the 'born that way' argument!
His final statement is:
"The compelling evidence nobody’s born gay doesn’t necessarily have to shred the LGBT agenda. Legitimate reasons for more liberal attitudes and policies regarding gays and lesbians still exist, such as freedom of association, the right to privacy, and respect for other people’s experiences. But those who demand social or political change because gays are born that way just don’t know much about history."
For the FULL article click on the heading of the article below.
David Benkof, Freelance Writer, Daily Caller, 19/3/2014.
Virtually no serious person disputes that in our society, people generally experience their gay or straight orientations as unchosen and unchangeable. But the LGBT community goes further, portraying itself as a naturally arising subset of every human population, with homosexuality being etched into some people’s DNA.
Are gays indeed born that way? The question has immense political, social, and cultural repercussions. For example, some of the debate over applying the Constitution’s equal protection clause to gays and lesbians focuses on whether gayness is an inborn characteristic. And the major argument gays and lesbians have made for religious affirmation has been, “God made me this way.”
Thus, if it’s proven sexual orientations are not innate, much of the scaffolding upon which today’s LGBT movement has been built would begin to crumble. Given the stakes, most gays and lesbians are dismissive or hostile toward anyone who doesn’t think being gay is an essential, natural characteristic of some members of the human race.
But a surprising group of people doesn’t think that – namely, scholars of gay history and anthropology. They’re almost all LGBT themselves, and they have decisively shown that gayness is a product of Western society originating about 150 years ago . .
This article - Same Sex Marriage: 'Thoroughly Tiresome,' by Design - is insightful in a number of ways, and I commend it to you.
Firstly, the author, Doug Mainwaring, is a homosexual. We've referred to his story before - specifically when he wrote his first article "I'm Gay and I Oppose Same-Sex Marriage" in March 2013, when he revealed that, when his marriage to his wife broke down, he lived as a homosexual - but, after ten years, had returned to living with his wife and children for the sake of his family. [Doug opposes same-sex 'marriage - but does support other forms of 'relationship recognition.]
Doug writes for 'The Public Discourse' at the Witherspoon Institute (which "works to enhance public understanding of the moral foundations of free and democratic societies").
See Doug's other articles on same-sex 'marriage' - click here.
Secondly, the article below is important because Doug analyses the long-tem agenda of the homosexual lobby - as outlined in the important book, After the Ball - How America will conquer its fear and hatred of Gays in the 1990s, written in 1989, where authors Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen set out a plan and 'marketing strategy' for the full acceptance of homosexuality. The three key words are desensitize, jam and convert.
One strategy was outlined this way...
Constant talk builds the impression that public opinion is at least divided on the subject and that a sizable bloc -- the most modern up-to-date citizens -- accept or even practice homosexuality.
.... The main thing is to talk about gayness until the issue becomes thoroughly tiresome (pages 177-178).
That's what is happening about same-sex 'marriage' - eventually the topic becomes 'tiresome' to everyone!
Just when we think we are managing to deal with the current issues, along come another half-dozen!
This week we cover Islam, blasphemy, homosexual 'marriage', CRE, Bendigo Bank & mosque, homophobia 'education', Mozilla, World Vision USA and the federal 'racial hatred' law....