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Abbott speaks at homophobicschool

This page was updated with additional information below the original story at 6pm on the day it was first published.

On the campaign trail today, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott proudly launched his education policy at what he calls a “good school” which enshrines homophobia and transphobia in its core values.

Penrith Christian School in Western Sydney get specific in its ‘Statement of Faith’, the Bible-led doctrine it claims to adhere to.

On homosexuality, the school’s statement is one of the most damning we’ve seen: ‘’We believe that homosexuality and specific acts of homosexuality are an abomination unto God, a perversion of the natural order and not to be entered into by His people.”

Transpeople don’t get off lightly either: “We believe the practice of attempting to or changing ones gender through surgical and/or hormonal or artificial genetic means is contrary to the natural order ordained by God.’’

When asked about the school’s statements, Abbott said he “respectfully disagreed,” reports the Sydney Morning Herald, adding that it was a good school which also had the support of key Labor MPs.

Penrith Christian School principal Bruce Neville said the school’s Statement of Faith contained quotes from the Bible and would not be changed.

As news of the school’s statement spread this afternoon, the word ‘homosexuality’ began to trend among Twitter users across Australia.

UPDATE 6pm Thursday 29 August

The chief executive officer of Christian Schools Australia Stephen O’Doherty has told the Sydney Morning Herald that will review its Statement of Faith and has in recent years accepted students “struggling with issues of sexuality.

He added that “people are accepted for who they are, that is a key teaching.’’ Nice one!

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Tyroga

Tyroga said on the 29th Aug, 2013

Their views on homosexuality are the least of the problems for people who interact with the school. Read the rest of their "Statement of Faith" any kid going there is in deep, deep trouble.

KrustythePizza

KrustythePizza said on the 29th Aug, 2013

Tony does have inherent obligations to the church and religion.
One can only wonder at what ''flavour'' of religion he will push if elected.

DavoJimbo

DavoJimbo said on the 29th Aug, 2013

he is such a piece of dog shit...

Tevness

Tevness said on the 29th Aug, 2013

Nice going Abbottabad!...Wiki all the way for me come Sept 7 th...Least Rudd's not a freaking homohater like this axe-wound is...

TheOldie

TheOldie said on the 29th Aug, 2013

a school thats going to turn out bigots ?

wonder how many of the pupils are gay and what will they suffer at the hands of the trolls ?

hopefully nobody attempts suicide because of their teachings.

Frank G

Frank G said on the 29th Aug, 2013

Vile dangerous bilge and terribly sad that such prehistoric piffle is foisted on young Australians. How can one "respectfully disagree" with such odious and divisive garbage? Call it for the trash it is and can the undeserved "respect". This slimy dog whistling and the $200 insult surely gives a horrible insight into what The Mad Monk has in store.

mark_

mark_ said on the 29th Aug, 2013

We must all get out there to Penrith and burn this place down.

Bring your flaming torches! We cannot allow such evil in our clean city!

http://www.education.net.au/images/uploaded/PENRITH%20CHRISTIAN%20SCHOOL-1.JPG

or perhaps we can kidnap the pupils to save them from this cult's indoctrination!

http://www.pcs.nsw.edu.au/

wysi

wysi said on the 29th Aug, 2013

Dear Editor
Please read this http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2013/homosexuality-is-no-longer-an-abomination-says-penrith-christian-school-20130829-2st05.html

Thanks

Matt Akersten

Matt Akersten said on the 29th Aug, 2013

Thanks Wysi, that's great news and I'll update our story. You've been an awesome fact checker this week :-)

wysi

wysi said on the 29th Aug, 2013

where the heck is my avatar?

Zepol23

Zepol23 said on the 29th Aug, 2013

I was going to apply for a job at this school, probably should've and then secretly indoctrinated the children.

wysi

wysi said on the 29th Aug, 2013



Good morning Miss Zepol!

http://www.joeacanfora.com/subpages/penn/public/personal/img/9-26-72%20supportive%20Michigan%20teacher.jpg

coast_boy_21

coast_boy_21 said on the 29th Aug, 2013

This is just Tony Abbott telling Australia that he's going to kick us GLBT in the face once he is elected.

wysi

wysi said on the 29th Aug, 2013


Maybe you deserve a kick in the balls for scaremongering.

TheOldie

TheOldie said on the 29th Aug, 2013




especially in that black dress and umbrella :)

anyways the have retracted in part , suppose they have to go somewhere so better they are all contained in one school.

Anon

Anon said on the 30th Aug, 2013

I find it funny that the gays and lesbians are fighting for their right, yet you won't let Christians have theirs. Please explain?

Zepol23

Zepol23 said on the 30th Aug, 2013



Christians have every right to have their own beliefs, but when they receive funding from the state they should not be allowed to discriminate...my gay money is going to that school!

TheOldie

TheOldie said on the 30th Aug, 2013




so you're OK when Christians preach/teach discrimination/hatred ? that's nobody's right.

let them decide on that part of their life when they are adults . Don't teach that crap to children.

And yep if they receive Govt funding ie tax payers money then it should be stopped.

coast_boy_21

coast_boy_21 said on the 30th Aug, 2013



With LNP members insinuating that we GLBT are pedofilies and/or have sex with animals, we may as well let Tony Abbott kick us in the face.

wysi

wysi said on the 30th Aug, 2013



Que?

I think someone just kicked your head.

Tigerland

Tigerland said on the 31st Aug, 2013

We must all get out there to Penrith and burn this place down.

Bring your flaming torches! We cannot allow such evil in our clean city!

http://www.education.net.au/images/uploaded/PENRITH%20CHRISTIAN%20SCHOOL-1.JPG

or perhaps we can kidnap the pupils to save them from this cult's indoctrination!

http://www.pcs.nsw.edu.au/

The right-hand guy in that pic has Pillow Biter written all over him.

Seriously, does ANYTHING even remotely decent ever come out of Penrith?

mark_

mark_ said on the 31st Aug, 2013

...
Seriously, does ANYTHING even remotely decent ever come out of Penrith?

Didn't that Baz Lerrman come from penrith?

TheOldie

TheOldie said on the 31st Aug, 2013



aaahhhhhhhhhh so that explains it !

Barrin

Barrin said on the 1st Sep, 2013

And this is ominous:

"If Tony Abbott is elected prime minister on Saturday he will abolish the watchdog established by Labor to keep an eye on the billions of dollars received and spent by Australian charities each year....
The pressure applied by the Sydney church through the charities debate has raised the question of the access and sway it may enjoy under Australia's first Catholic Liberal prime minister and his Catholic-strong frontbench that includes Kevin Andrews, Barnaby Joyce, Joe Hockey, Malcolm Turnbull (a convert), Andrew Robb and Christopher Pyne."

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2013/church-lobby-in-win-over-charities-watchdog-20130831-2sxqs.html#ixzz2dbt3joLU