Anger when students at a Catholic high school are forced to write letters to their local MP in Israel Folau SUPPORT for a 9-year assignment
- St Patrick & # 39; s Marist College in north-west Sydney has committed an assignment for year nine
- It asked students to write a false letter about religious freedom to their MP
- Students were instructed to say that Folau & # 39; s looting threatens freedom of expression
- Some parents were furious and the school apologized and resigned
A Catholic high school was caught asking 14-year-old students to support Israel Folau in an assignment.
St Patrick & # 39; s Marist College in north-west Sydney asked students of the 9th year to write a fake letter to their MP stating that looting the Wallaby threatens religious freedom.
& # 39; Your mission is to present a letter to your local member of the federal parliament expressing deep concern about the future of the protection of religious freedom and freedom of expression.
St Patrick & # 39; s Marist College (photo) in north-west Sydney asked year nine students to write a fake letter to their MP stating that looting Wallaby threatens religious freedom
Raising Folau, who was fired because of a post on social media that was considered homophobic, continues: & # 39; If we don't do anything now, our future rights will be exhausted.
& # 39; Many will face severe sanctions and may even lose their jobs, just like Israel Folau, who stands for the face of religious freedom and freedom of expression in a country that claims to be "young and free" to be. & # 39;
There was no option for the students to present the opposite view that Folau was rightly fired for posting an Instagram meme in April that gays go to hell.
Some parents at the school were outraged by the assignment, which has since been withdrawn.
A father told me 7News: & # 39; Why would they even mention Folau's name after the things he said that endangered vulnerable teenagers.
& # 39; My daughter is really upset and does not dare to talk about it at school & # 39 ;.
The Catholic education diocese of Parramatta supervising the school apologized in a statement.
It said: & # 39; Some of the sentiments in the cover letter for the assignment do not represent the views of the diocese of Parramatta, its schools or the Marist schools of Australia.
& # 39; Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta would like to apologize to students and parents for all concerns arising from the task and the associated communication with students about these matters.
& # 39; The assignment has been withdrawn and students are given the opportunity to make a new assessment consistent with the contemporary approach to learning and teaching. & # 39;
There was no option for the students to present the opposite view that Folau (pictured with his wife Maria) was rightly fired for posting an Instagram meme in April, saying that gays go to hell
Folau & # 39; s unfair dismissal case against Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Waratahs will stand trial next year if no settlement is reached.
The fundamentalist Christian fights against the termination of his four-year contract in May.
Earlier this month, a judge encouraged the parties to settle their dispute through mediation on December 13.
If mediation fails, the case would be tried on 4 February.
Folau, who has taken the legal challenge as a fight for religious freedom, seeks to apologize to Rugby Australia, the right to resume his international career, and up to $ 10 million in compensation.
& # 39; It is widely recognized by Israel and his team that he is still seeking that apology and that is still very important to him & # 39 ;, Folau & # 39; s lawyer George Haros told reporters after the hearing.
& # 39; That would be a long way to resolve the dispute & # 39 ;.
The 30-year-old raised more than $ 2 million in public donations for his legal battle with the support of a local Christian lobby.
Folau scored 37 attempts in 73 tests for the Wallabies and was expected to play a major role in the Rugby World Cup that starts in Japan next month.
The Catholic education diocese of Parramatta supervising the school apologized in a statement. Pictured: Folau in June
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