A model of anti-family and anti-religion legislation is emerging in Victoria »MercatorNet
On September 16, the Andrews government in Victoria announced amendments to the Equal Opportunities Act 2010. According to Attorney General Jaclyn Symes, the changes ban the display of Nazi symbols to stop the rise of neo-Nazi activity , extend anti-defamation protections beyond race and religion. , enable vilified people to seek justice in court, improve the psychological well-being of community members and complement anti-racism legislation.
Who could oppose all of this?
Read the fine print. The changes deprive parents of the right to determine who spends time with their children. Religious organizations and schools will only be able to employ people of faith if the government decides that religious beliefs are critical for work.
This is a violation of the human rights of parents. Article 26.3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “Parents have the priority right to choose the type of education that will be given to their children.
A child will be influenced by whoever spends time with them, or by anything they are exposed to. It is an educational reality. For this reason, parents have always worried about influences on their children. “Everyone becomes like the company they maintain,” wrote Euripides some 2,500 years ago. Nothing has changed since.
Attorney General Syme has two young children; she will use her judgment to choose a nursery school over another because she likes the culture of that nursery school. It is not a judgment that other preschools are breaking the law, just that they do not match her family values, and she is the best judge for what is good for her children.
If she chooses a kindergarten where all the teachers speak French, why wouldn’t she? Likewise, why can’t parents choose a kindergarten where all the teachers are women?
It is almost impossible now to deny that the Andrews government has an anti-family agenda. In the government’s 18-page anti-defamation response, there is no reference to “parents” or “family,” but the word “school” is used 22 times. The primacy of parental rights in education has been ignored. In ancient Sparta, children were the responsibility of the state, not parents. This is a step from 2,400 years in the past.
The transmission of religion is not the exclusive role of religion teachers. It is misleading to suggest, as the review of religious exemptions suggests, that only teachers “in certain roles” in a school provide religious input.
But the Andrews government is counting on the interbank vote of Fiona Patten of the Reason Party (formerly Australian Sex Party). Ms Patten’s opposition to religious exemptions is posted on her website.
Vanessa Chang, Executive Director of the Australian Association of Christian Schools, rightly says: “For our schools to effectively fulfill their mission and philosophy, it is crucial that all employed staff share the values and beliefs of the school. .
“Our schools take seriously their responsibility to shape the moral character and spiritual development of their students. Parents who choose our schools understand this and want it for their children. All subjects in Christian schools are taught through the lens of faith. It doesn’t matter whether it is the math teacher, science teacher or outdoor education teacher, they are all involved in the spiritual training of our children.
These new laws will prevent Islamic preschools from employing all Muslims and Christian preschools from employing all Christians.
In Australia, an employer has the right to create a distinctive culture in their organization. Labor law considers it reasonable for an employee to support the ethics of the organization. Failure to do so would be grounds for termination.
Why are schools so different? Brothels will be able to employ exclusively prostitutes and sympathizers of prostitution, but denominational schools will be prohibited from employing only people sympathetic to the faith of the institution.
An emerging model
The Andrews government has used human rights as a smokescreen for its anti-family ideology. He recently banned so-called “conversion therapy” after a sham counseling process.
Its legislation was a masterpiece of anti-religion, pro-LGBT social engineering, enacted without transparency. Former Attorney General Jill Hennessy said two reports forced her to propose a ban on so-called “conversion therapy.” A report was never published. The other report was funded by the Victorian government through the Latrobe Gay and Lesbian Center, and presented the religious grievances of 17 LGBT people recruited for specific purposes. Opposing submissions from more than 70 successful detransitioners and religious and parenting organizations have been ignored.
Victoria is slowly implementing a legally enforceable ideology of radical secularism. Some parents are starting to wonder if this is any different from Xi Jinping’s China.
When the Attorney General took office in December 2020, Daniel Andrews congratulated her on her “staunch commitment to continue the work of reforming our justice system which I know proves her right for this role.”
What other reforms will we see? How is it possible that this young mother of two is so oblivious to parental rights?