A confused principal confronts a rebellion over a belief-based statement about sexuality

The principal of an Australian Christian private school was caught up in a controversy over a registration agreement affirming the school’s attitude towards gender and sexuality, and stopped saying “broken heart.”

Citipointe Christian College, located in Brisbane, Queensland, has been the subject of public criticism and two government-led investigations in response to a contract sent to parents on January 28.

The agreement, which was subsequently withdrawn on February 3, explained homosexuality as a crime and stated that the university would only enroll students on the basis of “gender corresponding to biological gender.”

In an email to his parents on February 5, Brian Marheran, principal and minister, said he had decided to take a long vacation to “look back on what happened and give the college community time to heal.” rice field.

“Citipointe needs to be ready to welcome students on Monday with a positive outlook for starting a new school year,” the statement read.

“Our intention is only to provide families with choices in how to educate their children and to remain open and transparent about our religious spirit that guides how we teach and care for our students. was.

“By doing so, it’s heartbreaking that our university and our community are in great distress.”

Marheran reveals that he has “ravaged” talking to students “who hurt people and suffered a hateful verbal attack, simply because of their beliefs or to attend college.” did.

“I’m sorry, but I’m sorry I feel that some students may be discriminated against at City Point. We never discriminate against students based on their sexual orientation or gender identity,” he writes. I am.

Ruth Gravestien, the principal of the school, will act as the principal.

The move came amid increasing pressure on Murheran to resign.

On February 4, a crowd gathered at King George Square in Brisbane, CBD, to protest the principal’s actions. On the same day, a group of 23 parents wrote to the school, accusing Murheran of blaming the “vulnerable community” and causing “wounds and pain.”

On February 5, the leader of the Liberal Nationalist Party, David Krisafururi, said the resignation of the principal was an “absolutely right decision”, saying that “the contract was clearly not legally or practically correct.” Stated.

“At the heart of it, we have to think about the impact these things have on our children,” he said.

But George Christensen, a member of the Liberal Nationalist Party and a member of Dawson’s parliament, said there was a “choice” for parents and students to go to Christian school.

“I can solve the problem: if you disagree with traditional Christian beliefs, don’t send your child to a traditional Christian school,” he says. I wrote it on Facebook on February 2nd.

Rebecca Fisher, a former college student, said the principal was pleased to “stand up for Christian values” but was disappointed by the reaction of political leaders who called for being identified as a Christian. ..

February 5, Letter to Lyle SheltonShe, a member of the Christian Democratic Party, said the school was isolated and “shot a pistol surrounded by bazookas during the war.”

“It would take years if they were waiting to support a group of Christian schools. Not many schools support their values,” she writes.

“We put so-called good people in power, but when they are there, they build caves and do not uphold the truth.”

The Queensland Human Rights Commission said it was considering complaints, but Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Queensland Minister of Education Grace Grace, and Queensland Attorney General Shannon Fentiman said at Citypoint University. Was critical of his actions.

Nina Nguyen


Nina Nguyen is a Sydney-based Vietnamese reporter with a focus on Australian news. Contact her at [email protected]