In the Guardian today (among others), we read that a government report says that “faith schools will [. . .] be free to preach against sex outside marriage and homosexuality, under government proposals”.
The plans to make personal, social and health education (PSHE) compulsory from the age of five, published yesterday, include a clause allowing schools to apply their “values” to the lessons and another allowing parents to opt their children out on religious grounds.
It means that all state secondaries in England – including faith schools – will for the first time have to teach a core curriculum about sex and contraception in the context of teenagers’ relationships, but teachers in religious schools will also be free to tell them that sex outside marriage, homosexuality or using contraception [is] wrong. Sexual health campaigners warned that such an approach could confuse teenagers, but Catholic schools welcomed the move.
Yes, Catholic schools would welcome the move. Catholics love to make people suffer. Catholics cause young people to commit suicide.
They believe they’re doing the right thing, of course, but, then, some of the most heinous atrocities in the history of the world were committed out of total sincerity. The fact is, the Catholic Church is an evil organisation that cares more about insentient embryos and uncontrolled, irresponsible procreation than it does about life – about God’s children, if you like (though I suspect most readers of this blog won’t see it that way).
Now we can have kids made to feel totally shitty about themselves, with the blessing of all: the government, the local education authority, the school governors, the school head and the teachers.
The Guardian story goes on:
An optional curriculum in secondaries covering sex, both homosexual and heterosexual relationships, and contraception will be made compulsory – previously schools had to teach only the fundamentals of reproduction, contraception and puberty in science lessons. A new curriculum for primary schools will include teaching five-year-olds about different kinds of relationships, managing their emotions and about physical changes to their bodies in childhood.
Faith schools will be allowed to deliver the lessons in line with the “context, values and ethos” of their religion, the report says. Parents will also retain the right to withdraw their child from sex education lessons, meaning some children will continue to miss out altogether.
And all in the name of religion. At this rate, we’ll be as backward as Islamic theocracies.