Directions to schools in Scotland to promote homosexual issues even if parents object have been withdrawn.
The instructions came in a government-backed booklet which told Scottish school administrators to run “diversity events” for teachers and parents and adopt a specific lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender “charter of rights” — even if parents objected
The booklet advised that “in some cases – and probably very rarely – a small minority of parents/carers may not agree with the school’s position on these issues and the necessity for this work. However, this does not mean that it should not go ahead.”
The news was welcomed by Christian Action Research and Education for Scotland, which had campaigned for the booklet to be withdrawn.
In the booklet, teachers are warned not to use certain phrases when speaking to pupils about sexual orientation, reports the Christian Institute:
They should not suggest, the booklet says, “It might just be a phase you’re going through”, in spite of evidence suggesting that homosexual conduct during teenage years is, for many, a passing phase.
“Our sexual orientations and gender identities are innate parts of who we are”, the booklet says.
It also instructs administrators to gay rights campaigners to answer parents’ questions about homosexual issues.
A spokesman for the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland told the Christian Institute:
“It is important that schools continue to tackle and respond to bullying of all kinds. Segmenting or subdividing the problem on the basis of some unsupportable statistics is unhelpful and a potential misuse of scarce resources.”
Nick Seaton of Scotland’s Campaign for Real Education told the Institute:
“Surely teachers should be devoting their time and energy to improving exam results rather than spreading political correctness. The scale of the problem and the number of children who may be gay has also been exaggerated and parents will see these figures as sinister overestimates.”
A spokseman for the Christian Institute, Mike Judge said:
“All bullying is wrong and should be appropriately dealt with whenever it occurs, whatever its motive. Sadly, a hierarchy of victim has seeped into our education system where some forms of bullying are taken more seriously than others. One in four children is bullied for their faith, but I suspect bullying against Christian children comes some way down the pecking order. The worry is that this kind of single-issue approach can be used as a trojan horse for promoting a particular agenda. It is important that parents who object to these recommendations are properly listened to.”