Skeptic News: Scientology sponsors school seminars


From: Courier Mail

Concern around religious influence in Queensland state schools has hit a new high after it was revealed students undertook a seminar without being told it was sponsored by the Church of Scientology.

The State Government is embroiled in a new controversy linking religion and its schools following revelations more than 60 Woodridge State High School students undertook the Youth for Human Rights (YHR) seminar.

Queensland Teachers’ Union president Kevin Bates said the lack of disclosure was concerning.

“The key issue is that (their links) were unbeknown to the school,” Mr Bates said.

Ethicist Dr Simon Longstaff said all organisations should disclose their backgrounds when coming into schools, adding it was essential for staff and students to make informed decisions to consent.

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