Build your own bloody schools and leave ours alone

The ALP and their not-so-buddy buddies on the radical left, The Greens, have used a federal senate committee to continue their attack on Christian schools.

The committee recommended that Christian organisations should no longer be free to only hire employees who themselves are Christian. In other words, the government led by Australia’s most-loathed atheist, Julia Gillard, has moved a step closer to forbidding Christian schools from being Christian.

Let us remember what happened last month, when I was roundly condemned for daring to suggest the education system was headed in this direction. There was plenty of frothing at the mouth over my unwillingness to send my children into the care of a gay teacher for the better part of each school.

Apart from the hatred, death threats and wishes for general ill-health, many other truly juvenile responses were flung my way. Some retorted, for instance, that I had no right to say gay people couldn’t teach (I never said that). Others offered this advice: I should send my kids to a Catholic school.

All of which is to say that most ignored my slightly-longer-than-140-character explanation on this blog that formed the basis of my tiny tweet.

I already send my kids to a Catholic school and I do so precisely because I know the teachers there and because this Catholic school actually teaches the Catholic faith.

As a parent, this is how I exercise discretion over who is fit to teach my children and mould them into productive members of society.

Now the government is planning to take away my right to be able to send my kids to a school with Catholic teachers and Catholic values.

For all those who pooh-poohed my statements about attacks on Christian schools as some kind of conspiratorial over-reaction, now we have proof that I was right and they were wrong.

Unfortunately, I don’t expect I will receive any apologies in the near future. That is because those who attacked me actually want to see the destruction of the Catholic school system.

I have a suggestion for The Greens and the left wing of the ALP and their loony supporters. How about they take their nose out of my school and, instead of trying to change it to suit their values, why don’t they build their own schools.

I really think they should. When I googled ‘Catholic schools Australia’ today, there were heaps of results. Just like when I looked up Catholic hospitals. It seems that, despite all easy criticism of the Catholic Church, it has been busy helping to educate children and assist sick Australians for some time.

But when I plugged in ‘secular schools Australia’ I got crickets. I can only imagine that the loud-mouthed progressive movement in this country is not into practical results like Catholics are.

If they did take my advice and start a local committee to form a school, the intolerant bleeding hearts would need to get used to a few things along the way.

Fortunately for them, they would qualify for government education grants. That is a bonus. Unfortunately they would also have to dig into their own pockets. The government doesn’t fund private schools to the same extent they do the public system and they don’t provide a tax rebate for private school fees either. I guess the private education system is win-win-win for bureaucracy and the treasury. Better results, more efficient service and parents pay up on their own as well.

After they get over that hip-pocket hit, the new-found members of an actual school P&F would have to deal with the greater requirement for parents to stump up their time. You see, the Bunnings barbeques and school fetes are necessary to keep school fees down and to raise funds to pay for classroom renovations and air-conditioners that the taxpayer won’t.

Finally, these new-age community education volunteers might find the time to develop their own whale-friendly, carbon-neutral, gender-non-specific curriculum that conveniently neglects any mention of God. I would think they are wrong but I wouldn’t get in their way.

Why can’t they do the same with Christians?

The answer is simple and staring us in the face: They don’t want Christian schools.

End of story.

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of nine children. He has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and is an outspoken advocate of conservative and family values.

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  1. They are little drag queens and should have their own school. Decent people have rights as well. I do not believe these children are born in the wrong body as they say. They keep on smirking and think how funny they are. The just do not like discipline. Their mothers are to blame buying them the clothes. I think it is mum fault that we have these little gays. They always want to use the bathroom of the opposite sex that is their main wish. The doctors these children attend always appear to be way out. A decent mother would not want them near these doctors with their strange opinions.

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  2. Ewan MacDonald, I detect an unfortunate lexical stutter in your writing that makes it hard to find actual meaning in it. In 100 odd words you repeat “secular” and “secularist” seven times, the way a priest casting out demons might repeat, “get thee behind me!” Aesthetically that’s just annoying, but intellectually it’s the death of reason. You sound like one of those badged-up university socialist club members, without an original thought in his head, stringing together buzz words and slogans and feeling mighty pleased with himself.

    Let’s leave aside the redundancy and the poor writing, and pick up your points, as I understand them. Secularists have “taken over” the public school system. You can’t see the tautology there? The public school system, by definition, is secular. Before we go on, please, let’s look at the meaning of the word “secular”. OED: “Not connected with religious or spiritual matters”. Note, nowhere in the definition is the word anti-religion. In fact, everything we can learn about the world outside this narrow area is secular. Your breakfast was secular. Let’s get past the wrong-headed notion that secular equals evil.The next sentence is larded up with formulated political slogans. “preaches secular left dogma with impunity” . What on earth does that mean? People on the left of politics do tend to take a secular view of the universe, in that they see it as a god-free zone. But I never heard anything about politics in my three public schools, other than to learn about the structure of the Australian government, the three kinds of government, and in history of course, the Russian French and American revolutions. I never heard a teacher say to me “there is no God”. I figured that out for myself.“…even private Christian schools are increasingly expected to march to the secular drum beat.” That’s just plain dreadful writing, but is it true? What does it mean? Does it mean that schools teach science rather than superstition? Does it mean that religion is left out of the classroom? Because if that is what you mean it seems to me the schools are doing exactly what they should do. You go to church to learn about god, you go to school to learn mathematics, writing, science and history. It’s just plain wrong to mix the two.“…the secularists have already succeeded in secularising many private schools through the provision of state funding and state mandated curriculum…” Well, pardon me, but doesn’t the piper get to call the tune? If private schools accept public dollars they should know there are conditions. They are, of course, free to refuse public funding and that would solve their problem. As for the curriculum, of course there has to be a standard curriculum. How else can we set and assess standards? I would rather my child leave school with good skills and knowledge that will help her get on in the world than a head full of superstitious nonsense. Indeed, while I agree that parents have a right to send their kids to church schools, I believe to do so is something akin to child abuse. But let that be. All kids deserve a good education, and as long as they get that, I guess they might be able to eventually think for themselves and decide on their own kind of faith.

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  3. Hahaha – the irony of a catholic telling a secularist that their theories “don’t work”.

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  4. You’re ignoring the fact that secularism is good, and religious institutions are a backward poison holding mankind back from real progress. Hiring based only on religion is still prejudiced – if I ran a business and said I refused to hire Asians simply because they’re not like me, I’d be condemned, and rightly so.

    Religious institutions are bad for society. Practice religion in your home or together in congregation, but keep it out of our government and out of our schools.

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    • Richard, Secularism is not GOOD. Secularism aims to please everybody with the exclusion of religion. This theory does not work. You cannot please everybody at the same time. Look at our society today.
      I notice that people compare religion to race when it comes to the hiring of people in various businesses and organisations. Why is that? They are seperate. If I owned or ran a law firm that specialised in property law I would not hire a soliitor who specialised in criminal law. Would I be condemned for doing so?
      Your example does not make sense. Race has nothing to do with it.
      A Catholic school hires catholics. A Muslim school hires Muslims. It makes sense to me.
      Parents send their kids to Catholic schools precisely because they are Catholic. Do parents not have this right?

      Catholism is not individual and meant to be hidden away and never will be dispite what YOU think.

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  5. Catholic schools are exactly that. ‘Catholic’. Parents who choose to send their children to these schools expect a catholic education and not secular. These parents pay for the privliege. It is rightly so that the government fund these schools as these children grow into tax paying Australians.
    To say that there would not be a catholic school system in this country if it were not for the government is simply false. I ask Matt what happen before the 1960s? Were there no Catholic schools? Would they have simply gone ‘under’ after the 60s? Catholic schools have survived throughout the ages.
    Why as a concession to public funding does the Catholic faith have to potentially compromise its values and morals? No! the secular values and morals are not on par with the Catholic, they are the Liberal Minded version.
    The Liberal minded are mediocre and a danger to the Catholic faith and society in general.

    Facts have shown that liberty: …granted indiscriminately to truth and to error, to good and to evil, ends only in distroying all that is noble, generous, and holy, and in opening the gates still wider to crime, to suicide, and to a multitude of the most degrading passions. (Pope Leo XIII)
    To claim that the above post is to provoke hysterical responses and lacks reason, substantiation or logic is another falsehood.
    Bernard appears to champion the Catholic teachings and traditions.

    I wonder at the arguments of seperation of Church and State. The government disregards anything that may come from the Church (Unless it may suit them) and yet they seem to think they have a right to govern how the Catholic schools are run. Why is that?

    Extremism is any ideology or political act far outside the perceived political center of a society; or otherwise claimed to violate common moral standards. (Wikipedia)
    We need people of Bernards ilk as todays society’s moral values are nothing to boast about.

    In conclusion: Bernard, It will probably be a tough battle ahead. GOOD LUCK!

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  6. I thought I had heard it all, but this post takes the cake. There is an enourmours amount of public money being used to support Catholic and christian schools. Had the government not been able to provide funding since the 1960s we would simply not have a Catholic school system in Australia. It is fair to argue that this investment has meant that there is some efficiency savings as the is some cost off-sets through parent fees, etc, but without government funding a Catholic school would not survive. In Australia we have, due to government funding, the largest Catholic school systems in the world, and the largest private school systems in the world. We have a unique relationship that has supported faith based education in a manner unforseen in other countries. There is therefore, a concession that faith based schools will teach a state sanctioned curriculum. This has not, and it is false to claim that there is a movement in a direction to, meant that this is a completely secular curriculum. Curriculum is far broader than just that which is taught in a classroom, and includes all elements of the school community and culture. Therefore, Catholic schools have and will continue to deliver an education that is discernibly different.

    Simultaneously with this we also have a well funded and world leading public education system. In Australia we have a clear separation of church and state with our constitution being a secular document. Therefore to lay claim other than that our public system should teach a broad, inclusive and secular curriuclum is to argue for something that is contrary to the way our society has formed and what we, as Australians, stand for. Similar to the point above, this curriculum, whilst secular, is not void of values or morality, as many public schools have very strong foci on social justice. In fact, many local public schools in my area do far more to work towards a socially just community than do the local Catholic schools; something that as a parent at a Catholic school I am deeply ashamed by.

    This post is merely an attempt to provoke hysterical responses and to create a name for Bernard. It lacks any real reasoning, substantiation or logic. All schools should educate for a critical mind and not simply conform to the demands of a particular group in society. If Bernard had his way public schools, as well as Catholic schools, would only be allowed to teach what he deemed right and good. I think it a sad day when one persons view is the only valid one. I lucklily have far more confidence in teachers that they will be able to engage children in questioning and being critical of all elements of the world around them. A trait that I would contest is also fundamental to being a good Catholic.

    Bernard, I think you are beginning to move to points of extremism that are unwarranted and unwelcomed. I wish you well in the future, but hope that you do not ever represent our community in parliament and moreso that your hysterical and unreasonable ideas do not find support in our community. I pray that we remain an open, welcoming and inviting society that is open to challenge and critical thought.

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  7. The secularists don’t need to start their own schools because they have already utterly and completely taken over the public education system. The fully taxpayer funded public school system already preaches secular left dogma with impunity which makes it all the more unfair and unreasonable that even private Christian schools are increasingly expected to march to the secular drum beat. Furthermore, the secularists have already succeeded in secularising many private schools through the provision of state funding and state mandated curriculum. But it seems the secularists will not be satisfied until every school in the land is conforming to the secular left worldview.

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