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Head of Citipointe Christian College 'steps back' after backlash over LGBT+ comments

by Sophie Drew

The principal of Citipointe Christian College has “stepped aside” in order to give the school “time to heal”.

The Australian institution became the centre of global backlash after asking parents to sign contracts recognising homosexuality, and the wider LGBT+ community, as sinful. 

Pastor Brian Mulhearn said he was “devastated” to hear that students had suffered “hurtful and hate-filled verbal assaults because simply because of their beliefs” and only ever wanted to “be transparent about our religious ethos”.

He is taking a period of extended leave in order to “reflect” and give the college time to “heal”. 

He said: “Our intention was only to offer families a choice about how their children are educated, and to be open and transparent about our religious ethos that guides the way we teach and care for students. 

“I am heartbroken that by doing so, our College, and our community have suffered so much.” 

He continues: “A Christian education according to the beliefs of our Church is a legitimate choice for parents and students. Like all faith-based schools, Citipointe seeks to offer families such a choice.”

The contract has since been withdrawn. 

Pastor Mulhearn has said he is “sorry that some of the students feel discriminated against”, stipulating “we would never discriminate againsr any student on the basis of their sexuality or gender.” 

The actions of the college were condemned by a number of parents at the school, as well as politicians. 

The Australian school year starts on Monday, February 7; Citipointe will be operating under a new acting principal.

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