10Aug2011 High Court Challenge to School Chaplains Posted in Chaplains in schools, Human Rights, Religion, Scripture Union QLD by Paul Gallagher ABC 7:30 Report segment on Ron Williams’ High Court challenge to Australian National School Chaplaincy Program Related: Chaplains in schools: how Australians were misled with false statistics High Court Challenge website Never mind the bollocks – bring on the School Chaplains Faith Tested in the Commonwealth The “weeping sore” of the National School Chaplaincy Program Say No to Chaplains Stop the NSCP ABC World Today August 3rd: http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/news/audio/twt/201108/20110803-twt08-chaplain-challenge.mp3 Twitter: #NSCP #StopNSCP #HighCourtNSCP AdvertisementShare this:TwitterFacebookRedditLike this:Like Loading... Related
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Tim Mander comments in SMH…
“Nevertheless, no matter what the faith of the chaplain, they provide comfort and support to all students and staff, regardless of their religious affiliation or beliefs. People often make the mistake of equating religious education classes with chaplaincy, however, the two are separate and distinct in role, function and personnel.”
Which should leave any sane person asking why commitment to religion forms part of the test for the job. If I see “MYOB” listed on an employment ad, I tend to assume the job will involve computers and, more specifically, the use of MYOB software. The notion that one must be a recognised and committed Christian (or other) to get a particular job that, supposedly, does not involve the use or application of religion makes no sense whatsoever. In that sense, it seems more like plain and simple religious discrimination.