A Queensland school has come under fire for forcing parents to sign a contract guaranteeing their pupil will identify with the gender they were assigned at birth.
Mums, dads and guardians received a letter about a week before the start of the 2022 school year at Citipointe Christian College, according to the Courier Mail.
In addition to rejecting the notion of non-binary gender or gender fluid, parents also had to agree with the school’s belief that homosexual and bisexual acts are “destructive to human relationships and society.”
He also compared these acts to “adultery, fornication, bestiality, incest, pedophilia and pornography”, as they are all condemned by God.
The contract would also state that if a student comes out as trans or declares that they are of a different gender than their sex, the school will continue to refer to their sex assigned at birth.
It states: “While each student is individually valued and equally encouraged to pursue opportunities in academic and extracurricular activities, I/we agree that where distinctions are made between men and women (including, but not limited to, for example, uniforms, presentation, terminology, use of facilities and amenities, participation in sporting events and accommodation), these distinctions will be applied on the basis of the biological sex of the individual.”
Despite the outrage, the school’s principal, Pastor Brian Mulheran, is sticking to their policy after being assured by lawyers that it was legal.
“We seek to uphold our Christian ethos and empower parents and students to make an informed choice about whether they can support and embrace our approach to Christian education,” Mulheran said.
“Citipointe does not judge students on their sexuality or gender identity and we would not make decisions regarding their enrollment in the College based solely on that.
“We unequivocally love and respect all people, regardless of their lifestyle and choices, even if those choices are different from our beliefs and practices.”
He added that the school has always had “those Christian beliefs” but wanted to be upfront with students and their parents about their rules, philosophy and expectations.
An online petition has been launched after copies of the contract began circulating on social media.
More than 38,000 people have signed on to the campaign and called on Citipointe Christian College to review its policy or at least adjust its language.
Petition creator Bethany Lau wrote, “Citipointe uses its religious beliefs to openly discriminate against queer and trans students, in addition to threatening to strip them of their education.”