First, the good news: sex education is to be made compulsoryin all state schools in England, reports The Guardian.
Predictably, there is some bad news: faith schools will beable to preach against the use of contraception, sex outside marriage (sorry,fornication) and, in a justification for homophobia, same-sex relationships.
The first two “sins” are inter-related.
The (il)logic goesthat if children are brainwashed into believing that contraception is wrongthen they will wait until marriage to have sex, when they willprocreate rabbit-like and maintain the human race (explosion). There would beno need to worry about sexually transmitted infections because everyone wouldhave one partner for life.
So, tell me another one.
Well, here’s one that is simply dangerous. Preaching againsthomosexuality.
I wonder how this equates with our anti-discrimination laws. To add extra poignance, deputy prime minister Harriet Harman chose this week to unveil the government’s new equalities legisation.
But it will do little to diminish the right of faith schools to preach that somerelationships are right and others wrong, simply because of the daft,misinterpreted words that appear on scriptures written thousands of years ago.
I would ask whether we have returned to the dark ages, but same-sex relationships were accorded true legal equality only a few years ago with the sanctioning of civil partnerships.
Not only do the government’s sex education loopholesstrengthen the arms of religious bigots but they strengthen the case for asecular education, where religion is strictly off the curriculum.
In other words, no one wins; and many will lose.