A Western Australian Christian high school is being investigated by the WA Department of Education after it gave 14 and 15 year old students a homework assignment which asked them if homosexuality was “the sickest sin”.
The assignment, given to s
tudents at Armadale Christian College, which describes itself as a “non-denominational [college] that offers a Christ-centred academic, arts and sporting curriculum,” also described “coming out of the closet” as “open sinning” and pointed students to old testament Biblical quotations that describe homosexuality as an “abomination” to find the answer.
The school defended the assignment, by saying that it identified a spectrum of views on homosexuality – including that it was an illness, a life style choice, genetic, or otherwise inborn.
The Swan Christian Education Association (SCEA) that administers the school said it was not teaching these views as fact, but was “facilitating discussion on common views in society.”
However SCEA CEO Stephen Lee told media that he would “review the use of this material” at Armadale Christian College and the other Christian schools it administers.
According to the Armadale Christian College website, the school “attempt[s] to work with all curriculum matters from a biblical perspective that encompasses a Christian world view.”
“We acknowledge that this might not always be the popular or media perspective on events or curriculum. At ACC we will try to provide a balanced biblical perspective. Where debate arises we will look to ground our opinion in the bible.”
The homework assignment became known after upset relatives of children at the school contacted the media.