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Withdraw Public Funding For Brisbane’s Citipointe Christian College, Say LGBT Advocates

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Brisbane-based Citipointe Christian College is once again in the news, this time for asking teachers and staff to sign employment contracts that threaten to sack them for being openly LGBTQI.LGBTQI advocacy group Just.Equal has said that school should be stripped of public funding. “Religious schools cannot continue to defy discrimination laws and public opinion, and expect to receive public funding,” Just.Equal Australia spokesperson Brian Greig said in a statement.  “There comes a limit where taxpayers should no longer be expected to fund bigotry, and Citipointe has reached that limit.” Protests Outside Citipointe Christian College (Screen Grab of Nine Entertainment video)According to The Guardian, the employment contract for teachers was dated in February, after the controversy erupted over the enrolment contract.

The document says that teachers agree to work within the statement of faith of International Network of Churches that runs the school. “It is a genuine occupational requirement of the college that the employee not act in a way he knows, or ought reasonably to know, is contrary to the religious beliefs of the college,” the contract says.“Nothing in his/her deliberate conduct should be incompatible with the intrinsic character of their position, especially, but not only, in relation to the expression of human sexuality through heterosexual, monogamous relationships, expressed intimately through marriage.”In a statement, Citipointe college said that it was reviewing the employment contract. “Citipointe Christian College can confirm that no member of staff has had their employment terminated for failing to sign their employment contract,”  the school said in a statement published on its website. “One staff.

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