April 9th 2016

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COVER STORY Euthanasia: A truly counter-cultural perspective from history

CANBERRA OBSERVED Harsh realities a bridge too far for this election

EDITORIAL Malcolm Turnbull's election strategy emerges

FAMILY AND SOCIETY SSCA sets mines to basic building blocks of society

DOMESTIC AND FAMILY VIOLENCE Never mind the issue: this is the agenda

ASIA-PACIFIC AFFAIRS Taiwan, China find rapport over South China Sea

ART AND CULTURE Beauty and the beholder

OPINION Labor's princeling class licks dole plate clean

SEX ABUSE ROYAL COMMISSION Truth takes a back seat: scapegoating Cardinal Pell

POLITICAL HISTORY The Labor Split spillover

MUSIC Minimalism more than the sum of Arvo Pärt

CINEMA More like home than utopia: Zootopia

BOOK REVIEW Retrieving meaning

BOOK REVIEW Midget submarine op

BOOK REVIEW A Jewish view of universal ethics


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sets mines to basic building blocks of society

by Terri M. Kelleher

News Weekly, April 9, 2016

The Safe Schools Coalition Australia (SSCA) program essentially is a deconstruction of the natural family.

Scarleteen: Libertarianism of the body.

SSCA deconstructs the family by presenting all forms of sexual relationships – gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender as well as heterosexual – as the same. Students are encouraged to question their sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI).

SSCA resource All of Us suggests as a classroom activity for Years 7 and 8 (11 to 13 years of age) that students be asked to imagine themselves as over 16 and in a same-sex relationship (unit guide, page 20). Students are encouraged to adopt a label such as gay, lesbian or pansexual; a student handout provides scales of sexual attraction and sexual behaviour (“who do you get together with”) as factors to consider in sexual identity (All of Us, student handout, page 24).

SSCA tells students that gender is fluid. This is deconstruction of the heterosexual norm in sexual relationships, which in turn deconstructs the natural family based on the sexual relationship between a man and a woman.

The booklet, OMG I’m Trans, tells students: “Basically what exactly ‘gender’ means varies from person to person.” (page 7) And: “it’s a total lie that all guys have d---s, that all girls have v-----s, and that’s what makes a relationship ‘straight’ or ‘gay’.”

The booklet, OMG I’m Queer, advises students: “The idea that you’ve gotta act a certain way because of the bits you have between your legs is pretty outdated.” And: “Others, like me, find their sexuality is fluid, and changes over time: sometimes liking guys more, sometimes liking girls more.”

These statements are without scientific foundation. Overwhelmingly we are male or female, with every cell in the body containing either XX or XY chromosomes. Where there is ambiguity, the resolution is in whether the person is more male than female or vice versa.

Furthermore, according to the U.S. Endocrine Society Practice Guidelines: “The majority (75–80 per cent) of prepubertal children with a diagnosis of gender-identity disorder in childhood do not turn out to be transsexual in adolescence or adulthood.” This should be a red light to any gender transitioning treatment for prepubescent children.

SSCA deconstructs the family by encouraging sexual experimentation. It provides links to websites containing explicit descriptions of sexual acts with no minimum age mentioned. From the Minus18 website: “if there’s any kind of fingering cut those nails and remove any nail polish first!” And: “Use plenty of lube when there’s penetration.”

Minus18 provides a link to the US teen advice website Scarleteen, which provides graphic advice on how to engage in oral and manual sex and how to maximise pleasure.

SSCA presents early sexual debut as acceptable. This is not what most parents want for their children. It seriously compromises young people’s chances for an enduring marriage. Early sexual debut makes it more likely a young person will have multiple partners, which in turn makes an enduring marriage less likely. The experience of breaking up with a sexual partner makes a young person less able to maintain an exclusive long-term relationship.

Sex with multiple partners also increases the risk of sexually transmissible infections (STIs), with the concomitant risk of infertility, which makes an enduring marriage that naturally produces children less likely.

SSCA deconstructs the family by encouraging students to hide things from their parents. An article on the website of Minus18 instructs students on how to hide their online browsing history – “handy tips for you on keeping stealthy while browsing online”.

SSCA booklet Stand Out (page 18) encourages students to lobby teachers to have restricted websites unblocked at school: “Can you access websites from school computers that give information about gender diversity, same-sex attraction or being intersex? Some students don’t have access to the internet at home, or it is monitored by their family, so having access at school is really important.”

Minus18 article Dating on the down low encourages young readers to deceive their parents and to view them with disdain: “You’ll be fine. Unless your parents walk in on you two on top of each other (more talk about that later) you’re going to be fine.” And: “parents can be pretty oblivious about their kids’ relationships. And if you’re in the closet, take advantage of that sweet, sweet blissful ignorance.”

Pied Piper strategy

SSCA resource Guide to supporting a student to affirm or transition gender identity at school states that parental consent is not strictly required and it is up to the school to decide “whether it would be appropriate to involve the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s). … It may be possible to consider a student a mature minor and able to make decisions without parental consent.”

SSCA deconstructs the family in providing links that direct students to look to their friends and teen sex-advice websites for guidance in these matters, with no mention of seeking advice from parents or trusted family members.

The Minus18 article, When are you ready to do it?, advises students: “Choosing when to have sex, if at all, is totally up to you and completely valid. … Ultimately it’s about what feels right for you, so don’t go with the flow, go at your own pace.”

SSCA deconstructs the family by presenting a brave new world of sexual licence dressed up as freedom, and encouraging young people to deceive or hide from their parents at the very time they need, even if it may not be welcome, their parents’ guidance and advice; not that of the 14–25-year-olds who volunteer their advice on the Minus18 website.

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