Church leader's open letter asking politicians to keep laws that allow them to fire gay teachers

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Church leader's open letter asking politicians to keep laws that allow them to fire gay teachers

Post by veya_victaous on Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:37 pm

OUR current discrimination laws include some exemptions that allows religious school to expel students and sack teachers who identify as LGBTI.
The leaked findings of a review into religious freedom last month recommended religious schools around the country be allowed to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or relationship status.
But following widespread outrage and debate, Prime Minster Scott Morrison now says any changes to the law will protect LGBTI students. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten agrees with him.
Now, the principals of 34 Anglican schools in New South Wales have written to our federal politicians asking them to protect the legal exemptions that allow them to sack gay teachers.

In an open letter to all the MPs in Australia, the heads of school argue there is “no effective protection” under Australian law that “guarantees” religious freedom.

This is the letter from the Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney.Source:Supplied

The second half of the letter.Source:Supplied
They claim the changes to the law are not designed to discriminate, but to protect their organisation’s core values.
“The debate has been polemicised as the right to expel gay students, with little evidence that this occurs, and the right to dismiss gay staff members, again with very little evidence that this occurs,” the letter states
“The current exemptions ... in the Sex Discrimination Act are really the only significant legal protections available to schools to maintain their ethos and values with regard to core issues of faith,” it said.

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here is the full open letter

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