Christian Sex-Ed Book Makes Its Way Into Australian Public Schools

Australian public schools offer “special religious instruction” (SRI) which is something of a joke when you realize how badly that privilege is abused. In theory, it’s great because kids can learn about the beliefs of all different faiths. But in many schools, the religious education is primarily Christian and the education veers into heavy indoctrination. Volunteers — and they’re always Christian, it seems — often use the time with students to make converts instead of merely educating them about what they believe.

The latest example of this is the publication Teen Sex By the Book, a sex-ed textbook from a Christian perspective. Many schools are using the materials to educate students, and the messages in the book are absurd.

Deanne Carson, a “leading Australian Sex Education expert,” analyzed the book for Fairness In Religions In School (FIRIS) and what she found was mind-blowingly awful.



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A Humanist Responds to Matthew Vines’ God and the Gay Christian

Last year, Matthew Vines published a book that was controversial for a number of reasons, but let’s just start with the title: God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships.

Vines basically offers his own understanding of why the so-called “clobber verses” don’t really condemn homosexuality as many Christians believe. As you can imagine, a lot of progressive Christians praised Vines’ approach. For an evangelical Christian, this was a radical move.

Many conservative Christians, of course, had rebuttals to the book, usually saying that Vines misunderstood the Bible verses and the Bible did indeed condemn homosexuality.

But Humanist James Croft offers a very different kind of response to Vines’ book.

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Skutt Catholic Teacher Dismissed for Being Gay Gets Hired at Public School; One Student Will Follow Him There

Last month, I posted about Matthew Eledge, an English teacher at Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha, Nebraska.

He was also Head Coach of the school’s incredibly successful Speech Team — they’d won the State tournament four years in a row — which is why this image greets you on Skutt’s website:

Despite everything he brought to the school, though, administrators there told him he would not be invited back next fall if he married his boyfriend.

There was a Change.org petition in his defense, but the school leaders took advantage of their right to fire people who are gay. (Because Jesus only married women… or something like that.)

That’s why I’m thrilled to say that Eledge has been hired at Millard North High School, a public school about 10 minutes away from Skutt:

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Jehovah’s Witnesses Leader: We’re Losing Money and Need Your “Valuable Things”

Lloyd Evans calls our attention to the May episode of the Jehovah’s Witness online show, JW Broadcasting, in which Governing Body member Stephen Lett explains how the Church is losing money.

We don’t know how much since he never gives actual information… but Lett explains in the same way a Kindergarten teacher talks to five-year-olds that the Church needs all your “valuable things.”



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Former Scientologists File Lawsuit Against the Church to Get Their Money Back

John and Mary Lou Dettmer were Scientologists until they left for reasons unknown. Now, the couple is suing the Illinois branch of the Church of Scientology in the hopes of recovering $78,000 of the $300,000 they donated over the years:



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