Example 5: Safe Schools critics ignore evidence, p. 13.
Adopting a peremptory tone, Mr Trent Davis urges the federal government to continue funds for the SAFE Schools program because, he contends, it fosters tolerance for people’s differences.
Critical to his support (defence of the program) are references to the findings from a study as well as to specific details of the program which is about “raising awareness”.
Specifically, he uses these details to counter misconceptions in the community regarding the program. He shames the media commentator who, he suggests, is dangerously spreading “misinformation” about “ideological brainwashing and “Sick Freudian-Marxist philosophy”.
Rather, he uses the research to show that there is no basis for these views; accordingly he implies that the views reveal prejudice towards those who are gender diverse.
Mr Davis uses the evidence to appeal to compassion and tolerance for those who are struggling with gender differences.
Quotes… The statistics that highlight the high rate of bullying among such a cohort, he believes, compels all fair-minded members of the community to …
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