Catholic and other Christian parents have for many years struggled to protect their children from the worst effects of sex education, but the recent legislation presents new challenges.
Parents have always had the legal right to withdraw their children from sex education lessons and that right is retained under the new legislation, but there will be no right of withdrawal from the new Relationships Education, which is set to become mandatory in primary schools.
For example, the document states: As is already the case where sex education is currently mandatory, schools will also have flexibility over how they teach these subjects so that they can ensure their approach is sensitive to the needs of their pupils and, in the case of faith schools, in accordance with the tenets of their faith.
The subjects must be age-appropriate and schools will engage with parents on their approach. Parents will have a right to withdraw their child from sex education in RSE in secondary school. If a primary school chooses to teach sex education, parents will be able to withdraw their child. We will also be looking to gain a better understanding of what constitutes good practice in considering all types of diversity, and to gather examples of this.
This could include, but is not limited to, areas such as: And bear in mind that parents will have no right to withdraw their children. While Christian and other conservative-minded organisations strongly encouraged their followers to respond to the consultation to oppose these plans, it appears likely that the government will give more credence to the various family-planning and LGBT groups who have waited for this moment for decades.
It is worth looking at a few of the organisations that are seeking to insert their agenda into the new Relationships Education. One such resource is titled Getting Started: This list includes a large assortment of LGBT literature aimed at children. There are a total of 54 titles, and these include King and King, a story in which a queen tries to arrange a marriage for her son but he falls in love with a boy instead and they subsequently marry.
For well over 50 years this organization has provided confidential information on contraception and abortion to young people, including those under the legal age of consent. Needless to say, the FPA, like Brook, with which it frequently collaborates, supports the confidential provision of contraception and abortion to under-age girls.
Its publications on sexual matters are almost always devoid of any reference to marriage or to any moral considerations.
It has gone to court to defend the right of girls under 16 to access abortion confidentially. In recent years the Sex Education Forum has called for lessons on pornography, claiming that this is needed to protect young people from its influence. The future Given the massive influence that the above organizations have over sex education in the UK and are likely to have on the new Relationships Education, the future for Catholic and non-Catholic parents who want to protect their children from exposure to immorality looks bleak.
Several well-intentioned Christian MPs assure us that Relationships Education will merely involve a respectful teaching about different types of relationships within the family. But given the influence that the aforementioned groups have over the government, we can place no faith in such assurances. Parents must fight to protect their children from the morally corrupting influence that these groups seek to impose. John Paul II, this document states: Parents are the first and most important educators of their children, and they also possess a fundamental competency in this area: The enactment of compulsory RelEd in primary schools with no right of withdrawal should greatly advance the case for home-schooling in modern Britain, but if this is not possible, parents should do their best to ensure that the RelEd curriculum is rendered harmless and devoid of inappropriate content.
Positive content that they could try to insert could include information about the importance of committed, loving parents for a healthy childhood, the complementary virtues of motherhood and fatherhood, the fact that marriage is associated with a higher degree of stability than other living arrangements, and that stable families in turn contribute to a healthy, cohesive, and harmonious society.
The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality states that parents have a right be present in any classes related to teaching about sex and that this right cannot be denied. It is a right which parents in the UK should fight for. Above all, parents need to remember that is they and not teachers or government bureaucrats who are the primary educators of their children.
Catholic parents should fortify their children with the sacraments and ensure that they learn the Christian virtues in the home. As the PCF document states: The family environment is thus the normal and usual place for forming children and young people to consolidate and exercise the virtues of charity, temperance, fortitude, and chastity.
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