Monday, November 5, 2018

Schools' letter misinterpreted as homophobic, Anglican Archbishop says

From Australia-

The Archbishop of Sydney says Anglican schools did not ask for and do not want exemptions from the Sex Discrimination Act but are seeking "a positive right to religious freedom".

Anglican Archbishop Glenn Davies said that a letter to federal MPs asking for exemptions for religious schools under the Sex Discrimination Act to be maintained until alternative forms of legal protection are brought in has been misinterpreted as being homophobic.

The letter was signed by the heads of 34 Anglican schools across Sydney and the Illawarra, and has sparked protests and petitions from nearly 2700 alumni of the signatory schools, who are calling for the letter to be retracted. The heads of two schools, Cranbook and SCEGGS Darlinghurst, reufsed to join the other schools in signing the letter.

"We call on you to retract your open letter and not judge your staff by their sexual orientation but by the quality of their work," the petition states.

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