Tweed MP Geoff Provest says he is horrified by many of the online comments about Catholic and independent schools.
Tweed MP Geoff Provest says he is horrified by many of the online comments about Catholic and independent schools.

Teaching religion is 'child abuse'

FORMER Greens party candidate in the 2008 Tweed Shire Council election Kevin McCready has declared it would be “wonderful” if Tweed’s Catholic schools were closed down.

His stunning comments were part of a huge reaction on the tweednews.com.au website to a story on Thursday in which incumbent Tweed MP Geoff Provest warned the region’s independent and Catholic schools could be “forced to close” under Greens Party policies.

Mr McCready, who came close to winning a seat on Tweed Shire Council in the 2008 council poll, joined scores of others who posted comments about the story online.

“Religious indoctrination is child abuse,” Mr McCready wrote.

“It would be wonderful if these disgusting medieval tax-subsidised and ratepayer-subsidised institutions parading as education was closed down.”

It is not the first time Mr McCready has voiced his views against Christian schooling.

Shortly after the council election in November 2008, he emailed other Greens members asking them to support a submission that “teaching children that God exists is child abuse”.

Mr Provest said yesterday he was shocked by the number of online comments his attack on Greens’ policies had provoked.

The Nationals MP said he was “horrified” by many of the online remarks.

“It’s fanaticism and discriminatory,” Mr Provest said.

“There are great public schools and there are great private schools.

“To denigrate the debate like that shows that they are fanatics.”



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