Well if you are like me you will have received emails asking you to sign a petition against the ethics trials in NSW.
Have you read Peter Jensen’s 10 reasons why it’s a bad idea.
Did you listen Simon Longstaff on ABC radio and read his reasons why it’s a good idea .
Have you read the invitation letter sent out to parents outlining the contents of the course and inviting all kids to join.
I’m not sure what to make of it all. I’m inclined not to agree with thin edge of the wedge arguments, as long as in this case the door is left open for SRE. If the trial came to our school I think I’d let my son go along to try it out for 10 weeks. I’m not sure that he’d want to. But if all his friends did he might. It would certainly raise some interesting discussions given the content of the course including when it’s right to lie, the limitations of absolute morality and so on.
So after spending an hour or so looking at the issues, I’m not decided. I’m not inclined to sign a petition. I have a hunch that this might mean less people in scripture classes but I’ve never been into forcing SRE onto kids. Do I sign a petition? Do I concentrate on making the opportunities for scripture that we do have as good as they can be?
So it’s back to pastor mode. I’m hopeless at this sort of stuff. I’m busy, too busy. I could have spent that hour with my kids, or preparing a sermon. I’m wondering to what extent am I responsible to keep up on all these issues to try and lead people in how to think about them?