The Christian school movement this week sensationally pulled out of a government consultation process designed to recommend new anti-discrimination laws.
The two peak bodies, Christian Schools Australian and the Australian Association of Christian Schools said they had “lost faith” in the Australian Law Reform Commission, which on behalf of the Albanese Government, is consulting on changes to anti-discrimination law.
The groups educate around 150,000 children, more than the public system could accommodate if Christian schools were no longer allowed to be Christian.
Three weeks ago, Family First broke the news that the ALRC proposed stripping religious schools and higher education organisations of the freedom to employ staff who believed and modelled their faith convictions.
This was despite years of debate and consultation through the Ruddock Commission into religious freedom in the wake of the 2017 same-sex marriage plebiscite.
The redefinition of marriage in law opened vulnerabilities for freedom of religion and freedom of speech which remain unresolved.
LGBTIQA+ political activists have been waging war on Christian schools ever since, scuttling the Morrison Governments attempts to introduce even a feeble Religious Discrimination Bill into Parliament last year.
The latest attempt to resolve the freedoms crisis is the ALRC process instigated by Attorney General Mark Dreyfus.
Instead of proposing ways of allowing Christian schools to exist in a pluralistic a post-same-sex marriage environment, the ALRC did the bidding of LGBTIQA+ activists and made recommendations that will effectively end Christian education in Australia.
It will take strength from the Albanese Government to resist their demands.
With the Prime Minister due to become the first to march as PM in the Mardi Gras, he will have to disappoint the activists who have so much sway over his government and the ALRC if he is to keep his promise to allow Christian schools to employ staff who share their ethos.
In a letter to Dreyfus, CSA Public Policy Director Mark Spencer said:
“(The ALRC) has rejected everything that we’ve said before and gone off on a completely radical tangent. If this is the starting point, we don’t have any confidence we are going to end up with a sensible or balanced proposal.”