Zealots, dragging us back to the dark ages
Ideological crusaders are trying to create a culture of fear around the Safe Schools program and so far, it's working. Imagine being 12 years old and seeing your name scrawled across a school toilet door next to the word "faggot." ...
Or being beaten up and spat on by a gang of classmates who discovered you were a "tranny." What if you were kicked out of your football team because you weren't "masculine" enough?
These are just some of the real life school experiences young people have shared with me over the past few years.
We may pride ourselves on being the country of the "fair go" but in 2016, bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) children remains rife in our schools. It makes the relentless and vicious attacks against a program set up to protect those children even more abhorrent.
As Malcolm Turnbull yesterday caved into his party's religious right and announced an investigation into the Safe Schools Coalition one thing became clear: we are in the midst of a culture war. And vulnerable children are being used as cannon fodder.
In a Coalition party room meeting on Tuesday, February 23, Senator Cory Bernardi called for the program to be defunded, claiming it was being used to "indoctrinate children into a Marxist agenda of cultural relativism."
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