The NSW Government is conducting an inquiry into the proposed repeal of legislation to allow ethics classes to be taught in state schools. The NSW Council of Churches has called for significant legislative reforms including an independent review of the controversial classes with a report to Parliament before the date of the next state election.
Christians believe that God has revealed himself to humankind in Creation, in the Bible, and through Jesus Christ, and that this divine revelation provides the best foundation for ethical deliberation and moral development.
The Council cannot support any school ethics program that deliberately prohibits a child from learning certain spiritual and ethical truths when forming his or her moral compass.
The prospect of large numbers of young children determining their own basis for morality and ethical decision making, intentionally excluded from proper consideration of the Christian foundations for ethics, is a problem for society and not a solution.
Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 18 Mar 2012.