A new British bill, introduced by Ed Balls and being lashed by every conservative organization in the country, would tackled discrimination and issues of informed consent in religious schools, making illegal the instruction of only religious ideology.
Mr Balls's statements today not only confirm, but add further truth to the warnings that SPUC has been issuing for months about the government's plans - and the English and Welsh Catholic bishops'complicity in those plans. Please make sure that you have read andacted upon SPUC's latest campaign alert on the Commons debate later today.
(P.S. The reason why the Catholic Church's teaching on homosexuality is so important for the pro-life cause can be found in Pope John Paul II's Evangelium Vitae. In paragraph 97, Pope John Paul teaches that it is an illusion to think that we can build a true culture of human life if we do not offer adolescents and young adults an authentic education in sexuality, and in love, and the whole of life according to their true meaning and in their close interconnection.)
Yup, the end of the world as we know it comes just after children are exposed to fags!
Here's what Today reported Balls saying the bill would do:
- "If you are currently a Catholic school ... you could choose to teach only to children that contraception is wrong, homosexuality is wrong. That changes radically with this bill." (at 06:30 mins)
- "A Catholic faith school can say to their pupils we believe as a religion contraception is wrong but what they can't do is therefore say that they are not going to teach them about contraception to children, how to access contraception, or how to use contraception. What this changes is that for the first time these schools cannot just ignore these issues or teach only one side of the argument. They also have to teach that there are different views on homosexuality. They cannot teach homophobia. They must explain civil partnership. They must give a balanced view on abortion, they must give both sides of the argument, they must explain how to access an abortion, the same is true on contraception as well." (from 07:20 to 08:47 mins)
- "To have the support of the Catholic Church andArchbishop Nichols in these changes is, I think, very, very important, is a huge step forward." (at 09:05 mins)
- "[Catholic schools] cannot teach that homosexuality is wrong and that therefore it is OK to discriminate on homosexuality" (at 10:42 mins)
- "[T]he Catholic Church, which I really welcome, is supporting, for the first time, compulsory sex education with an opt out at 15" (at 12:25 mins) (JS: Mr Balls knows that the opt-out i.e. parental right to withdraw children from SRE classes, ends at 15, not starts. Also, what is unappreciated is that no child of any age will be able to withdraw themselves from SRE.)
But now Balls is lightening up on the strictures for religious schools - in Britain 1 in 3 - an issue that has worried those who praised the enlightened nature of the initial bill.
Extra credit: Just imagine a bill of this sort here in the U.S.?!
Labels: britain, discrimination, sex education