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Protestors gather outside state-funded Catholic school in Camborne over homophobia claims

By WBNews  |  Posted: September 05, 2012

Protest group outside St Michael's school

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ABOUT 15 people turned up outside the new St Michael's Catholic Free School in Camborne this morning to protest over claims about the school's stance on homosexuality.
Protestors believe the school's policy on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students is not "transparent" and could be discriminatory.
Julie James, from Pool, said: "I'm here to highlight the point that education should be equal for everyone, regardless of colour, race or sexuality. It shouldn't matter who you are.
"I went to this school when it was a primary school and it was where I was taught a good set of values."
The action lasted just over half an hour before protestors left, disappointed that no-one from the school had come out to talk to them.
Protest organiser Phil Innes was sorry that a representative of the school had been unwilling to engage in dialogue.
"I said they would do well to come out and answer us, but they point blank refused," he said.
"We've asked them to rewrite their policies in terms of gay lesbian bisexual and transgender students and bullying, but they say they are already clear."
The controversy started after comments by school governor Joyce Sanderson were interpreted as "homophobic".
She subsequently clarified her comments and apologised.
The school also issued a statement which said: "School policy is clear. Everyone, regardless of gender, race or orientation will be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity.
"Any sign of discrimination, including homophobia, will be dealt with robustly."
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  • barrtribe  |  September 07 2012, 5:43PM

    It's a shame that we cant have honest open discussion here without people being unpleasant to the other commentors. The government supports many a diverse project that some would say is their choice. Would you still be as averous towards a group of gay people who decided that they would teach that it is all normal and part of nature. After all is that not indoctrination of a belief that one section of society hold. Do we say no to funding by the government of support places that condone underage sex and offer abortions instead of responsability towards another life. Just because one section of society doesn't believe what another does; is that wrong? I feel that once again a section of society has decided that it want to attack and undermine any part of society; usually the church in whatever form that is. Just so that their opinion is forced on all of us. Why just because a subject catches the attention of some and they want to comment on it; which is what this forum is about.Why is it accetable to name call and deride; but its not ok for a church to stick to its beliefs.

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  • mygodlesslife  |  September 06 2012, 4:15PM

    Am I going to be the only voice to recognise the bigger scandal here? Why should money I pay through taxation go towards supporting a religious organisation? Religion is a personal matter and should remain on the other side of a clear and distinct wall of separation from governance of the realm. If you insist on sending your children to be indoctrinated by an educational establishment, please do so on your own dime.

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  • readitandweep  |  September 06 2012, 4:13PM

    It's so easy to make snide and ill informed remarks. Better that one person stands up against discrimination than ten (or less) sit back smugly patting themselves on the back as a reward for their tacit agreement with prejudice. Bravo, well done you. I can't say I find this level of ignorance surprising, but it interests me that the people who commented above felt it worth bothering to do so, as they seem to collectively deride the similarly small numbers who gathered at the school on Wednesday. Although apparently laughable, this sort of protest always brings the reactionaries crawling out from under their dank little stones - funny that - maybe the lady protests too much. lol ;)

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  • Crikey  |  September 06 2012, 1:52PM

    Mr Innes and his associates, acted in an entirely honest and honourable manner in bringing this issue to the wider attention of the public, both within Cornwall and further afield. Individual Church doctrine should not trump the clear Good News of the New Testament which guides us all towards compassion, love and inclusive tolerance, and not narrow doctrinal elitism.

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  • Olly_Gark  |  September 05 2012, 10:28PM

    15 busybodies (only 13 in the photo - were the others working the camera?) make a fuss about nothing outside a lawfully operated school for half an hour. They are (quite rightly) ignored by the school authorities (who doubtless had better things to do than engage with self important halfwits) and this is published as 'news'!?!??

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  • barrtribe  |  September 05 2012, 9:41PM

    This is not to say that i totally agree with the catholic doctrine but support their right to teach truth as they see it. Likewise I support the right to protest. What i dont support is the minoity who seek to force society to accept their beliefs through the use of immotive comments, deception and the twisting of people words. This smaks of the same attitude that was shown the guest house owners in penzance also highlighted here.

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  • andrewx  |  September 05 2012, 9:35PM

    Joyce Anderson did not clarify or apologise for comments..which were homophobic, not just perceived as so. This article is so unbelievably inaccurate.

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  • barrtribe  |  September 05 2012, 9:26PM

    Lol 15 people, maybe you can now rest that you have made you anti christian beliefs protest and leave the school to get on with their jobs of teaching and raising future guardians of choice and truth.

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  • chuckjaeger  |  September 05 2012, 8:07PM

    15 people? Hardly worth sending a photographer.

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