Australia is a secular, multicultural state. We do not have a ‘state religion’. It is absolutely inappropriate for the government to be funding religious services in our public schools.
The Liberal Party’s $250 million school chaplains program is not about helping struggling kids. If it were about helping kids, they wouldn’t have banned secular social workers from participating. Chaplains are not necessarily trained and qualified to help vulnerable, struggling kids, and are especially unprepared for helping with kids from minority cultures who are the most likely to be in need of help.
The policy is little more than the Liberal Party scratching the backs of their friends in the church, who see this as a prime opportunity to indoctrinate and recruit some ‘young blood’ to their aging institutions.
Why exactly the Liberal Party believe it is a good idea to give preachers special access to our school kids, I’m unsure. Even the Liberal Party’s own ‘Commission of Audit’ disagreed with the notion.
Personally I think it absurd to put ‘Chaplains’ in public schools, and here’s 5 reasons why: Continue reading Preachers in schools? Not cool! #100daysofblogging #day17