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18 Feb 2016
Last week, the 'Pornography and harms to children and young people Symposium' was held in Sydney, to examine the impact of pornography on our society – particularly on young people and children.
Academics and experts presented information to the Symposium about the shocking problem we face.
Dr Michael Flood’s presentation noted, “Pornography is transforming boys’ and young men’s sexualities. It has an increasing influence on how males (and females) think and feel about sex and bodies, the kinds of sex they want to have and do have, and their sexual and intimate relations.” Dr Joe Tucci said, “Pornography is changing the landscape of children’s sense of themselves and their relationships.” See list of Speakers here.
As one speaker said, this is “a public health crisis”.
Vickie Janson attended the Symposium and has written an excellent short overview of the Symposium, the speakers and the adverse impact of pornography on our culture and young people. See below.
The ABC reported on the Symposium here.
Porn Harms Kids
The Porn Harms Kids website has been set up – it highlights SEVEN points from the Symposium.
These begin with…
1. Exposure of children and young people to pornography in Australia has reached critical levels,
2. This is having widespread and measurable negative consequences
The Points go on to say this is a public health crisis, that it needs urgent attention, and call for action to find solutions and conduct research.
You’re invited to SIGN if you AGREE … PLEASE do so!
Visit the Porn Harms website to sign…
The website’s FACTS page provides great research data – click here.
Senate Inquiry - online pornography and children
A Senate Inquiry is CURRENTLY being held into the harm that pornography is doing to young people and children - see here.
SUBMISSIONS are being received until 10 March, 2016.
17 Feb 2016
Some more reflections on the controversy about the ‘Safe Schools Coalition’ and the ‘All of Us’ curriculum.
From Bill Muehlanberg andsome 'Questions to SSCA' from Akos Balogh...
First, a correction re contacting your MPs…
Use the FamilyVoice link to write to your STATE & TERRITORY MPs (not federal) all at once, to ask them to stop the program in schools – click here.
- To contact federal MPs, about the funding/review of program, click here for the House of Reps and here for the Senate.
Bill Muehlenberg has posted another of his revealing pieces about the Safe Schools Coalition and their ‘Resources’ that promote homosexuality –
The Real Agenda Behind the Safe Schools Coalition
The following Open Letter to Safe Schools Coalition poses a series of important questions.
This insightful Open Letter has been written by Akos Balogh, a Christian writer who lives in NSW and has been working with AFES following a career in the defence forces.
Akos has sent the letter to them – will they reply?
Please read and share…
17 Feb 2016
Please ACT NOW – we ask you to contact the federal Education Minister and sign a petition launched by Sen Cory Bernardi.
Plus there’s an easy link to write ONE letter to your federal MP and 12 Senators!
Since we wrote our BRIEFING on the ‘Safe Schools Coalition Australia’ and their concerning NEW Year 7 Curriculum, ALL OF US, there have been numerous critical reports about the program in The Australian, and Opinion pieces in newspapers by Angela Shanahan, Kevin Donnelly and David Penberthy - and increasing calls for the de-funding of the program, including a new PETITION organised by Sen Cory Bernardi…
As he notes, the curriculum is “written by homosexual activists”!
The Australian reports on the 'All of Us’ curriculum, giving quotes of what is being taught. They state, “The program does not require parental approval or even notification” and note that the teaching manual “has been ordered by 350 schools” (there are 490 member schools – but the program can be freely downloaded from the web!).
Another quote from the curriculum, in case you aren’t already concerned…
The Student Handout on ‘Gender Identity’ (described as “How you feel”) states,
"Everyone has their own gender identity in relation to masculinity and femininity. Some identify with both, and some don't identify with either; it's up to the individual to describe what gender identity fits them best.”
They’re then given a range of options, starting with “Trans Girl”!
(P 34, Student Handouts)
The teachers are being ‘taught’ to teach the curriculum - the Safe Schools Coalition has been running FREE half-day workshops for teachers to ‘educate’ them in teaching the lessons (here).
EDUCATION MINISTER defends the program…
The federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has defended the ‘objectives of the program’, although he admitted some of the program’s language was “not at a level that you would expect” for the classroom. Despite this, he said the program would NOT be reviewed until the current funding runs out, next year.
We’re calling on the federal government to STOP the funding for the Safe Schools Coalition, and to investigate the material being taught to our children, and posted on the Safe Schools Coalition website - including the ALL OF US Year 7 curriculum; as well as the content on the affiliated Minus18 website, which the All OF US curriculum recommends as the ‘primary resource for students’.
FOLLOWING the ACTION Section are the media articles from The Australian and commentary …
10 Feb 2016
If you believed what you read in the mainstream press these days, you’d think that ‘gender’ is ‘fluid’ and changeable, and that there are a wide range of sexual preferences and orientations which are innate. In fact, that’s also being taught in OUR SCHOOLS.
The so-called ‘Safe Schools Coalition Australia (SSCA)’, funded by the Commonwealth government (and the Victorian government in Victoria), campaigns against “homophobia and transphobia” in schools; teaching staff and students that they must be inclusive and accepting of any gender or sexuality choices made by students. In participating schools, posters are displayed which include a boy in a girl’s dress, or students in homosexual relationships, and ‘Stand Out groups’ supporting LGBTI are formed.
A NEW Resource, called ALL OF US, was published by SSCA late last year– and is designed to be used as CURRICULUM in YEAR 7 and 8 Health and PE classes.
THIS BRIEFING begins with an overview, but primarily deals with the extreme content in this new ‘Resource’, ‘All Of Us’. It is nothing short of indoctrination of our children.
The final section contains a range of ACTIONS you can take – including finding out if your children or grandchildren’s school is a Member of SSCA and contacting MPs…
The ‘Safe Schools Coalition Australia’…
We’ve repeatedly said that bullying for any reason is unacceptable, and have supported the federal government’s ‘Safe Schools Hub’ and the National Safe Schools Framework, which were set up to tackle ALL forms of bullying.
But the ‘Safe Schools Coalition’ is different – it is ONLY concerned about homosexual or LGBTI issues… It is NOT just about ‘bullying’ – it teaches about, and promotes ‘sexual and gender diversity’.
The SSCA program went national with $8 million in funding from the Labor government, just before Labor left office – there are now 490 Member Schools (full list here), and that is growing. In Victoria, where the program started in 2010, the Premier, Daniel Andrews, has said that ALL government schools MUST participate in the program – this was reiterated this week by Education Minister James Merlino (here) and a High School principal said it will be mandatory by 2018 (here).