IT seems that getting politicians to accept that many parents don’t want their children indoctrinated with religious dogma and the accompanying questionable morals is a difficult task.
In my view the current situation, where children who wish to opt out of scripture classes are not permitted to undertake any worthwhile activities during the allotted time, is divisive, discriminatory and in contravention of the department guidelines on tolerance and equality in our schools.
Apparently funding religious school chaplains to the tune of $245 million is perfectly ethical, but providing tax deductions for donations to primary ethics courses is “not providing a broad public benefit” to the community.
How is teaching children that gay people are sinners and that dinosaurs once lived with humans any public benefit at all?
Peter Rowney, Lemon Tree Passage