Those who read my blog regularly will be aware that i am quite positive when it comes to Christianity and LGBT stuff. Sure: go trawl the fundy sites and you’ll find some nasty stuff of the hell and damnation type.
But in terms of personal experience, i have also found some seriously charitable deeply tolerant, Christian (in the way i was always brought up to understand it) behaviour from real people. Which is why i get so hot under the collar when i read articles like this one from the Sunday Times in Perth, Western Australia.
The lede pretty much says it all: homework given to 14/15 year olds at Armadale Christian College asks pupils to consider homosexuality is “the sickest sin” in a school assignment.
Possible, i guess, that this is just a teacher being provocative in order to stiumulate lively debate. One of the reasons i would make a bad teacher in today’s highly ordered climate: i’d have no prob setting such a title with a view to getting pupils to challenge the view…and i just know that some people would think that merely asking people to challenge the view could be tantamount to endorsing it if one didn’t make it absolutely clear that one was.
SO i shall reserve final judgment (ooops! no biblical allusion intended) until the investigation by the Department of Education reports back.
But if i had to rush to judgment? I have a suspicion, a sinking feeling that this is not challenge, but regrettably Christian homophobia.
The piece also reports that the assignment points children to bible quotes describing homosexuality as an “abomination”, and describes “coming out of the closet” as “open sinning”.
Ye-es. I guess that would make sense if the assignment also pointed the kids towards quotes describing christian fundamentalists as “a bunch of intolerant bigots who will be the first into the pit on the Last Day”…but somehow i doubt it does.
Ah well. Hatred is alive and well in sunny Australia.