Hey teacher in Christian school, if you want to continue your long and well documented tradition of discriminating against gay students in your school (deriding them, expelling them, pointing them out in the classroom, the sort of thing they’ve been doing up to this point with impunity), then you’d better get a wriggle on.
For according to the latest comments by the Federal Opposition’s spokesman on Climate Change (a man who surely hangs his hat on evidence), your time is short! The clock is ticking. You have been warned.
Mark Butler, who is also the outgoing president of the ALP said this today, in light of the fact that the government, having released the Ruddock report today, is handing the matter to the Australian Law Reform Commission:
“We’re very opposed to the idea reported this morning that this question, far from being resolved quickly, will be referred to the Law Reform Commission for a report which in the ordinary course of things, take at least 12 months.
“So students facing the prospect of at least a full school year open to discrimination in religious schools.
Actually there’s still some hope for Christian teachers who plan to discriminate for longer than next year. See what Butler said?: “at least” a full school year. Who knows, you might just be able to eke out another term of discrimination of gay students into 2020! Wouldn’t that be a treat for you?!
But, let’s face it, you’ve been put on notice. A school year. And school years go so quickly, don’t they, what with all the holidays, mid-term breaks and sports carnivals?
What about sick days, or days you’re exhausted from marking until late, or days you’re getting ready for that camp, or even days when you’ve had a fight with your kids or your spouse or your parents going out the door. Twelve months will be up in next to no time if you don’t keep on eye on it.
Twelve months – four terms (and you can discount term four because NOTHING ever gets done in term four) – to pursue your policy of active discrimination against gay students. And it’s probably less for final year students who pretty much finish at the end of term three. I mean, you’d better get your discrimination in early in term two to give them time to emotionally prepare for their finals.
You know those students I mean don’t you? You can see them in your mind’s eye. The ones you care for and trust. Your role in the next twelve months is to lure them into a false sense of security and then, Wham! You take them down over their sexuality.
Look, I know, I know, you’re tired. I know you’ve been planning for your Christmas holidays, indeed some of you are already on a much needed break after a tough term four. But with only got one school year left (an extra term if you’re lucky), it’s possible you could blow this great opportunity that the delay has afforded you.
For we all know how distracting things such as lesson plans, actual teaching, marking and discipline can be. I mean you’ve hardly had time to even think of discriminating against gay students before you’re like “What the hey? It’s week eight already, how did that happen?”
And, besides, by then, with all that marking to do, who’s got the energy to discriminate right? But with only a year left, you’re going to double down you’re going to give it your best shot, won’t you?
You’re gonna get out there and train hard over the break! You’re gonna pump some iron in the holiday (well from January 1 at least when everyone else is); run up some steps in Philadelphia in a way that would make Rocky look like a lightweight; you’re gonna get extra sleep. And you’re going to read right wing homophobic webpages to make sure you know all the jabs, flurries and swivels. When you land that psychological blow you want it to stay landed.
You’re going be so on point mentally and physically when this crucial final year of discrimination begins, that kids – especially gay kids – won’t know what hit them (assuming your school policy still allows you to hit kids because it’s based on Leviticus right?).
Every morning in the staff room next year, when your principal is sitting you around a white board with the other staff, drawing up a list of gay students, possibly gay students, and the odd straight student who has crossed the line once too often and needs a bit of a take down, you’ll be there pencil and tongue sharpened, ready to go.
Cos that’s how you’re gonna operate next year, right? Time is short. No dragging yourself from the chair to the coffee to the classroom. It will be straight to the locker rooms on the lookout for the tell-tale signs of non-hetero snogging.
It’s what Christian schools do, right? It’s in their remit. And it was in your job description. The Department of Education may have had its teaching standards for you, but there’s a hidden document, concealed with all of the cunning of the da Vinci Code, that Christian teachers get their hands on when they sign up.
It comes with a five page manual and a technique to enhance your “gaydar” to ensure you pick which kids are, you know, actually gay.
But you’ve only got about twelve months – four terms to be exact – to get your discrimination thing happening. And Mark Butler – and the Australian Labor Party – is on to you.
Sorry for putting it like this, but is there any way other than sarcasm and humour to break through the almost wilful fake news being put out by the ALP and The Australian Greens on this issue?
It’s almost maddening listening to the fake news that is being promulgated by many a vested interest in the progressive mainstream media. I mean, why let the truth get in the way of a good story/campaign, right?
Yet in another sense I’m not sorry for saying this. I’ve talked to hundreds of Christian teachers over the course of this year, and quite frankly it’s an insult (and sheer political expediency and fear-mongering to garner votes) to suggest that’s how Christian teachers and schools operate. Or even to suggest that they would operate that way if they had they chance.
Every day for the past three weeks ALP and Greens politicians have basically had free rein to lie about and insult the work of humble, hard working Christian teachers in Australia.
There’s zero desire on their part to narrate this truthfully because they’ve got much bigger fish to fry. I mean, for the sake of the cause and the sake of power in Canberra, truth can fall by the wayside can’t it? Do we really believe that they are not throwing Christian schools under a bus for the sake of political wedging? A little lie for the pursuit of a bigger truth after all!
That’s the modus operandi of the Revolution after all. It’s worked in the past. At least for a time. At least until the true truth, like water under pressure, pushes its way to the surface again and shows up the lies of the Revolution. And then, chimera-like the Revolution dissipates.
And if I didn’t sail close to the edge with sarcasm on this one? Perhaps the only other way it could get through would be to put it like this:
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And then you can cut and paste this, or indeed send the link, to your local ALP member, who, perversely it seems, has an implacable desire to promulgate the notion that this is happening. I wonder what on earth they are doing this for?
Other than this I am fresh out of ideas.