Former councillor hits out at 'extreme sexual ideology'
FORMER Toowoomba councillor and Australian Christian Lobby spokesman Lyle Shelton has spoken out against the Safe Schools anti-bullying program.
Describing the program as extraordinary, he said it went well beyond dealing with bullying.
He said it promoted an extreme sexual ideology.
"For instance the program contains information for young girls on seven ways to bind your chest so that your breasts don't develop," he said.
The lobby group is backing a review by the Federal Government which is under way.
Mr Shelton took particular aim at the minus 18 website for having information about experimenting with different sexual practices that are "way outside" the mainstream.
He also blasted it for saying sexually transmitted diseases were no big deal.
"It also instructs boys in the tucking in of penises so they're flat, which can cause infertility."
He said it was unclear which schools were running the program.
"It's in about 500 schools but in Queensland the list is secret," he said.
"We've been calling on Queensland Government to make that list public."
The lobby group is running a campaign to raise awareness and encourage the Federal Government not to fund it and to encourage State Governments not to allow access to the "extreme material".
He took issue with the main cover of the Safe Schools brochure which shows a boy dressed in a girl's uniform which he said encouraged boys who thought they "might be a girl" to wear the uniform of their choice and for the schools to allow them to go to the bathroom of their choice and sleep in girl's dormitories on school camps.
"We're not against anti-bullying programs - no child should be bullied at school for any reason whatsoever," he said.
"But the public education system has excellent anti-bullying programs already."
Mr Shelton defended the organisation's stance saying it was in line with the majority of Christian denominations.
He took part on ABC's Q and A program recently which discussed the issue and said the majority of the audience was against him.
The former councillor said the ideology was based in "rainbow politics" and said the program was just a glimpse of things to come.