A Queensland Christian college principal has come under fire from parents and members of the public after he turned away two Muslim women who wore hijabs (headbags) on their first day as student teachers. Leftists took to social media to express their disappointment at Principal Mark Bensley’s decision. (It’s a CHRISTIAN college for heaven’s sake!)
UK Daily Mail (h/t Colin W) Redlands College parent Jennie Duke wrote she was ‘so very sad’ her daughter attended the school and her university sent student teachers there, The Courier Mail reported. Others re-branded Redlands College as ‘Redneck College’ and questioned Mr Bentley’s Christian faith. (Commies)
‘It’s not very “Christian like” for a Christian school to tell student teachers that they are not welcome to teach and learn because they wear a headbag,’ a reader wrote on the newspaper’s website. ‘Shame on you Redlands College. This could have been a very good way to show Christian love and acceptance.’ (How about Muslim love and acceptance of Christians and Jews? Try wearing a cross in a college in Saudi Arabia)
The two Muslim women were allocated positions to start their work placement at Redlands College, as they are in their final year of studying teaching at university. (Let them go teach in the Middle East where they belong)
But Mr Bensley didn’t allow the women to go ahead with their placement, and justified his decision in the college newsletter on Tuesday, claiming he acted inside his duty of care, according to the paper. ‘I have a duty of care to ensure that those teaching at the College are actively supporting the Christian principles, practices and beliefs of the College,’ he wrote.
He continued by writing that he viewed the wearing of the headbag (symbol of oppression) to be in direct opposition to the principles which the college upholds. Mr Bensley said he respected the two women’s right to wear the headbag but felt it was inappropriate at his school, and had them transferred to another school to complete their placement.
Redlands also claimed that they would not hide their Christian values and were there to provide for the families seeking a Christian education. According to Section 25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991, employers are allowed to enforce a ‘genuine occupational requirement that workers act in a way that is consistent with the religious beliefs of the school’.
However, the move has upset many, including the Muslim community with the Islamic College of Brisbane principal saying the decision was a matter of great concern. (Who cares? What the hell are they doing in a Christian college to begin with?)