Last night I watched a bit of discussion on The Project about the Gayby Baby controversy that happened yesterday. I only watched a bit of it because I became too furious and had to turn off my television lest I toss it out the nearest window. The Project was interviewing a man named Mark Powell who was quoted in several of the news stories about the story as a ‘local Presbyterian minister’. Here follows a breakdown of the part I caught (me in italics hello):
Ray Martin: What are your objections to the film being shown to high school kids?
Mark Powell: Mate, it’s not so much the objections Ray.
First of all Mark, don’t call Ray Martin ‘mate’. So presumptuous, have a bit of respect. That is Ray bloody Martin.
This is the victimization and the intimidation of young vulnerable people in our schools.
Oh. Is it? The victimization and intimidation of young vulnerable people? Really? Is it though Mark? Break this down for me, mate. These young vulnerable (presumably) heterosexual girls who are part of the majority are being ‘victimised’ and ‘intimidated’ because why? Because they are choosing not to participate in pro-LGBTIQ activities? They don’t want tolerance and equality taught? They don’t want to wear purple?
Are they being bullied? Are they being bashed? Are slurs being thrown at them? Are they kicked out of home? Are they homeless? Are they more likely to be depressed, far more likely to commit suicide?
If only queer kids could understand what it’s like for those poor girls to feel maltreated or intimidated. But no, you’re right. The girls who don’t want to participate in activities to support LGBTIQ kids are the real victims.
So you see, what it is, is that this is part of a larger initiative by a gay lobby called the Safe Schools Coalition. And it sounds innocuous, but they actually have an agenda to push political issues in our schools.
Oh it’s the GAY AGENDA!!! I see now, I see what’s happening. You are so right. Good investigation skills Mr Powell. The Safe Schools Coalition wants to push political issues in schools, by showing a movie about loving families that exist in Australia and their community. Yeah, that is bad. I agree that a political agenda should not be pushed in schools.
I assume that’s why you also protested and spoke to media and made a huge fuss when Julie Bishop visited Burwood High four days before the planned screening of the film to speak to students? Or is that not political? I mean, she is literally a politician, talking to the students, but maybe I’m wrong.
This is the really thing, we’ve got all these girls in tears coming to us and saying they feel victimised, like if they don’t participate in this, they’re basically ostracised from their peers, and even from some of their teachers at the school.
I just want to apologise here for leaving in where you said ‘this is the really thing’, I did go back and listen twice just to make sure you did say it, and you did. And it would be nice of me to take it out, but I don’t feel like being nice just now. Plus it’s funny to read. Sorry mate.
I am sorry if you do have ‘girls in tears’ coming to you and saying they feel victimised. I mean, I don’t really believe you, but if it’s true I can say that I don’t want any girl to be sad and feeling bad. But you are literally talking about girls who for whatever reason are out of step with the social progression of their peers. They aren’t being included because they aren’t being inclusive.
You say they feel like if they don’t participate in ‘this’ (being tolerant I guess?), they are ostracised from their peers and teachers. But it sounds to me like they are ostracising themselves. It’s 2015, and most of the students and teachers at that school think that LGBTQI students should be accepted, and safe, and supported. That’s just the way it is, and that attitude will continue to spread as this generation grows up and takes the reins from homophobic old people. It’s just a fact. This is not religious people being persecuted for their belief. It's just that the crying girls will continue to feel different from the majority of their peers, because the majority of their peers are progressive and accepting and filled with love.
I’m sorry, but it will ALWAYS be more important to me that vulnerable queer kids are protected over kids who don’t want equality, or don’t want to participate in LGBTIQ-supportive events. It’s not even a fair fight. One is a group that has been marginalised, oppressed, attacked, bullied, and killed for their sexuality. The other is a group that doesn’t believe that first group should have equality, and feels different from the rest of their peers who do. I mean, come on.
This tact used by anti-equality people to co-opt language used to describe the queer community is truly abhorrent. You are not the victims in this situation. You are just being left behind, frankly where you belong.
Carrie: Mark, how many girls have come to you? How many parents have come to you?
Mark: Look Carrie, there’s been heaps.
Rightio Mark. I’m sure.
Carrie: How many is heaps Mark? Is heaps three or is heaps a hundred?
Great question Carrie
Mark: Well heaps in terms of more than students in Burwood Girls who actually identify with being gay.
THIS DOESN’T ANSWER THE QUESTION! ALSO THERE IS NO WAY YOU COULD KNOW WHO IDENTIFIES AS GAY AT THAT SCHOOL, YOU ARE A MINISTER NOT A PSYCHIC! ALSO GET THIS MR POWELL, SOMETIMES KIDS DON’T COME OUT OR FEEL COMFORTABLE BEING OPEN, WHICH IS EXACTLY WHY FOSTERING A SUPPORTIVE ATMOSPHERE IS IMPORTANT.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INPUT, GOODBYE GET OUT OF MY SIGHT