In part of the contract, posted on Twitter by Australian comedian and content creator, Christian Hull, the college asks for a declaration of faith relating to homosexuality and gender identity.
“God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other,” the declaration states.
“Living in fullness includes identifying with the gender that God bestowed upon each person in all aspects of their life,” it later added.
Education Minister Grace Grace said at a press conference today the matter had been referred to Queensland’s Non-State School’s Accreditation Board.
And she said the Human Rights Commission had warned the school they could not “contract out” of their legal responsibilities to not discriminate against certain students.
Complaints had also been received by the Department of Education.
Ms Grace said that as the parent of a non-binary child, she found the school’s stance “unacceptable” and “distressing”.
“To see that happening in this day and age is quite unbelievable,” she said.
“And I don’t know what the motivation was sending it out on a Friday, just before their students were set to return to online learning.”
Church declares support for all students
The chair of a senior Anglican schools body yesterday issued a letter saying that staff and students in their schools would not be discriminated against based on their gender or sexuality.
“We invite and welcome all and hospitality is given to every student, no matter their race, gender, sexuality, ideology, ability/disability or religion,” Bishop Jeremy Greaves of the Anglican Schools Commission said.
“The Anglican Church in its long history has come to value diversity as a positive good and our schools know the gifts that diversity brings to any community.”
The letter did not mention Citipointe Christian College – which on its website says it is a member of Independent Schools Queensland and Associated Christian Schools.
The college shares a campus with the Pentecostal Citipointe Church.
“We have always held these Christian beliefs and we have tried to be fair and transparent to everyone in our community by making them clear in the enrolment contract,” Pastor Mulheran said.
“We are seeking to maintain our Christian ethos and to give parents and students the right to make an informed choice about whether they can support and embrace our approach to Christian education.”
Pastor Mulheran said contrary to what was being reported, students would not be expelled simply for being homosexual or transgender.
“Citipointe does not judge students on their sexuality or gender identity and we would not make a decision about their enrolment in the College simply on that basis,” the statement said.
“We believe each individual is created in the image of God, with dignity and worth equal to every other person. We unequivocally love and respect all people regardless of their lifestyle and choices, even if those choices are different to our beliefs and practice.”