It’s disappointing that when it comes to the education and pastoral care of our young people in Australia that we continually have to pander, with no small amount of political correctness, to the uninformed whims and feelings of noisy and over-sensitive minority groups. Nowhere is this more presently obvious than with the Safe Schools debate, which has provoked the very most delicate and unique of snowflakes to assert their indomitable right to special treatment, to the greater moral and ethical detriment of hard-working and decent Australians.
I have strong views about political correctness which involves appeasing the wants of unreasonable minority groups which may impinge on the silent majority. I believe in common sense, no political correctness, and saying it like it is.
So let’s talk common sense, without any political correctness whatsoever, and say it like it is:
Mr Cory Bernardi is, without a doubt, a bleeding-heart, pearl-clutching, oversensitive princess who perceives that his desire to not be offended far outweighs the right of real Australians to have a decent and moral environment in which to raise their children.
His concerns reflect the unscientifically-founded falsehoods of his extremist minority group which demands – and has received – special treatment above and beyond what everyone else gets.
Mr Bernardi ignores the factual evidence that a not-insignificant percentage of our young people will be LGBTQIA and therefore deserve to have their sexual, social and mental health needs addressed in a proportional way in the classroom. His views have no evidence-base.
Mr Bernardi is ignorant of the real world – and the people who live in it – by denying young people access to equitable and inclusive relationships education which aims to dispel scientifically disproven, logically fallacious and socially toxic ideas about LGBTQIA people.
Mr Bernardi wants to limit access to evidence-based education in a move that may further exclude, marginalise and psychologically harm young queer people in a move that will, without a doubt, allow the high rates of suicide, homelessness, depression and social disadvantage of young queer people to continue.
It is frustrating as a sceptic to see the Liberal Party – so keen to support evidence-based medicine in their fantastic No Jab No Pay legislation – willing to abandon this same evidence-based thinking when it comes to the health and safety of our young people. If we are so concerned, as a nation, about the innocent lives harmed by vaccine denial and community groups who crusade against fluoridated water, then we ought to also be concerned about politicians who wish to impose their unfounded, unsympathetic, and uninformed ideology onto a group equally vulnerable to harm by pseudoscientific zealots: our teenagers.
This isn’t a matter of politics or religion. It is the imperative of a just society which makes decision based on the best evidence at hand to endorse whatever measures are proven to reduce physical and mental illness and death – and inclusive, comprehensive relationships and sex education programs are a vital cornerstone of evidence-based medicine. And just as political conservatives and Christians can endorse water fluoridation, vaccination, public sanitation measures and chemotherapy, so too should they seek to limit loss of life and public health costs by supporting that which is proven to work – as opposed to heteronormative, abstinence-based programs which are proven to not work.
Ultimately, we right-thinking Australians who do use common sense and decency should be mocking the politicians who claim that “Safe Schools is trying to stamp out gender entirely” as much as we mock quacks who claim that vaccines cause autism or that homeopathy works – because realistically, both kinds of claims are equivalently nonsensical, impossible and harmful. We should seek to challenge, as much as we might challenge Meryl Dorey or Isaac Golden or Therese Kerr, people like Cory Bernardi – who has an equivalent lack of evidence-based education and lack of qualification to speak on matters of health.
So regardless of our political leanings or religious beliefs, let’s not give these noisy minority groups the undeserved airspace and respect they clamour for.
They haven’t earned it, and the Australian Government ought to know better than to indulge in quackery.