‘Politically-correct fascism’: Catholic school forced to ban words mother and father

EDUCATION chiefs were accused of “politically-correct fascism” yesterday after a school was forced to remove the words mother and father from its child admission policy in case it penalised gays.


The ruling came after a parent complained that the terms discriminated against separated, step or gay parents.

Peter Goringe of the Office of the Schools Adjudicator agreed the words were in breach of the admissions code and made Holy Ghost Catholic Primary School in Wandsworth, south London, change their entry forms.

Hundreds of schools belonging to the Catholic Education Service have already replaced mother and father on applications with Parent 1 and Parent 2.

Mr Goringe said: “In the absence of any clarification of the term parent, the use of the words mother and father might, as the objector suggests, be taken to imply that the school is restricting its definition.”


“We should be accommodating these cherished foundation stones of our civilisation within the admissions system.

“The decision to remove them is profoundly undemocratic and illiberal and is a capitulation to a form of politically-correct fascism.”


Professor Alan Smithers, director of the centre for education and employment research at Buckingham University, said that it was part of a trend in which arrangements that worked perfectly well for the majority were being overturned for fear of offending a small minority.

He added: “Our society is based on families and the great majority have a father and a mother.

“If there is only one parent, only fill in that bit of the form.”

Parents collecting their children at the school yesterday were astonished.



Malaysia: Teacher charged with spreading false rape allegations in WhatsApp

KOTA KINABALU: A 36-year-old teacher has been charged with spreading false information about a man via a WhatsApp group, accusing him of being a rapist.

Rafeah Buang, a teacher in the information technology department of the Community Development Department (Kemas) pleaded not guilty to the charges in front of Tawau Sessions Court judge Awang Krisnada Awang Mahmud on Tuesday.

This is believed to the first case involving the spread of false information via WhatsApp heard in the country.

According to the facts of case, Rafeah had allegedly committed the offence under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, at about 11.45am on Dec 11, 2014.

She allegedly sent a message alerting members of a WhatsApp group known as  ‘Karpet Kemas 189 Semporna’ about a black vehicle allegedly belonging to a rapist from Kg. Simunul, Semporna and to tell others about it and be careful.

Rafeah could be fined up to RM50,000 or jailed up to a year, or both.

She could also be subject to a RM1,000 fine for each day the false information was in circulation.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/11/28/teacher-charged-with-spreading-false-rape-allegations-in-whatsapp-group/#Ac1Opu5WgkGClDTX.99