Last week, we launched a new campaign asking our federal MPs to stand up for the rights of faith-based schools – and the rights of parents who choose these schools for their children. The response from AFC supporters so far has been encouraging, with tens of thousands of emails already sent via our online webform. This is a good start, but it’s crucial we maintain the pressure on our representatives. The last few days have seen a strange impasse reached in Canberra. The Federal Government has apparently prepared legislation to remove faith-based schools’ ability to discriminate against gay students. Labor, meanwhile, has not yet committed to supporting the legislation, either because they disagree with some of the provisions, or because the bill will not also remove schools’ rights over hiring and firing staff, or both. To be honest, this disagreement is welcome because it allows more time for people concerned about freedom of religion and belief to have their say. But this possibly brief window is only helpful if we make full use of it! If you haven't already done so, please click here to tell your local federal MP and senators: “Hands off our schools!” According to polling conducted during last year’s same-sex “marriage” plebiscite, 62% of voters wanted parliament to provide legal guarantees for freedom of conscience, belief and religion if same-sex “marriage” was legislated. In contrast, only 18% disagreed. This is the message that needs to be urgently heard in Canberra – and this information is included in the message to MPs from this campaign. As our Director, Damian Wyld, told Vision Radio last week, what we need is positive reinforcement of our key freedoms, not more tinkering with anti-discrimination legislation that grants us a handful of “exemptions” like crumbs from a table. And, as Damian also said, while this issue might seem restricted to schools and religion, it is so much broader. ALL our freedoms are at stake in the war on “discrimination” – and we are all ultimately affected. So, it’s time to draw a line in the sand. CLICK HERE to tell your local federal MP and senators: “Hands off our schools!” It’s crucial that we stand together on behalf of faith-based schools, and, ultimately, on behalf of our freedom of religion and belief. Thank you for your continued support. Kind regards, The Australian Family Coalition P.S. Along with taking action, please click the button below to share this campaign on social media: SHARE ON FACEBOOK DONATE TO AFC Australian Family Coalition Australia ..