Wednesday, July 21, 2010


A Christian school - Middleton Grange - Board of Trustees has sacked a school sports coach because he is gay - because of a belief that homosexuality is a sin. This is the sort of school I would never send my kids to - and had I been on the Board of Trustees for that school I would have resigned.

Rightly so, the school board has been told to attend a human rights awareness course, and has done so. They even had to give the man a payout. Ironically, the team was a girls team. The media reported that parents and teachers did not support the boards decision, but given that the fairly new principal and some parents are on the board, at least some parents supported the decision.

You gotta wonder what is wrong with Christian schools in Canterbury.They even have their own Christian schools network.It's time for them to start networking and discuss what Jesus would do in certain situations.

update Had to laugh when I read the Job description for the Board of Trustees which included "to be well acquainted with the National Education Guidelines and other applicable legislation, so that may ensure Middleton Grange compliance."

Other applicable legislation includes the Human Rights Act.




Blogger Madeleine said...

I have to strongly disagree with you here. Freedom means tolerating other peoples beliefs and if we are all to coexist with our different beliefs we cannot have one belief wielding the power of the state to suppress another.

By all means don't send your kids there, exercise your choice in accord with your beliefs but let other parents do the same with theirs.

July 26, 2010 at 7:20 PM  
Blogger Madeleine said...

"Other applicable legislation includes the Human Rights Act."

Yes which wrongly trumps the Bill of Rights Act which protects the right of all citizens to form whatever religious beliefs they like, impart them and act in accord with them.

July 26, 2010 at 7:22 PM  
Blogger Swimming said...

Yes, it's good that we can disagree, but yeah, the HRA may well trump the BORA as you assert, its just that this case is not about religious beliefs per se, its about discrimination based on sexual orientation. The board of trustees can have whatever religious beliefs they like without breaking the BORA and HRA, but I consider that if they impart and act according to these beliefs in a way that breaks the law, then the law is wrong, or the outworking of these beliefs are wring. I happen to subscribe to the latter.

July 26, 2010 at 8:45 PM  

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