Despite the risks, some of us need to keep on saying it, because we are getting drowned out by the relentless deluge poured on us by those who want to normalise homosexuality. A Government bill is passing though the House of Commons today which will make sex education in schools compulsory and remove the rights of parents to withdraw their children from it. At the last moment, the Government has added an amendment to the bill that will allow faith schools more freedom in how they teach sex education. This seems a very minimal amendment, but it has provoked fury.
The BBC website reports a debate on this mornings Radio 4 Today program:
Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, of the Accord Coalition which calls for an end to what it sees as religious discrimination in school staffing and admissions, told Today he was "astonished and saddened" that Mr Balls [the Children’s Secretary] had chosen to effectively give faith schools an opt-out.
"If a school doesn't approve of contraception or abortion or homosexuality, then it can give that message or it can omit certain facts.
"We know there are some faith schools which take a very negative view."
How shocking! Faith schools taking a negative view of homosexuality or abortion. Whatever next?
The report continues,
The bill states the subject is to be taught in a way that promotes equality, accepts diversity and emphasises both rights and responsibilities.
Liberal Democrat Children's spokesman David Laws said the amendment was "a serious and undesirable U-turn".
He told Today: "This government hasn't had a bad record over the years in trying to challenge things like homophobia.
"Now, with this amendment it's undermined a lot potentially, that it's been achieving. I think it will upset many people who believe that in today's Britain we should have a society where the taxpayer should not be subsidising prejudice."
I am not the first to note that it appears that diversity and tolerance are to be encouraged only so far as they extend to unconventional sexual relationships, and not so far as to include principled faith positions.
The homosexual debate is often portrayed as one of neutrality (equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities) versus prejudice and intolerance and hatred of other people. But it is no such thing. Both sides of the debate are taking a moral position, one which advocates homosexuality as normal, and desirable, and the other which opposes this. On both sides of the argument there are those who display prejudice and intolerance, just as there are those who act and speak with grace. Ironically, it is deeply prejudicial and intolerant to accuse anyone and everyone who opposes your view of prejudice and intolerance!
So lets not just roll over and give up on this one. As a parent I should be able to remove my child from a lesson that is espousing a worldview I regard as morally wrong. That is not prejudice, but protection. And schools should not be compelled to teach all sexual relationships are of equal validity. They are not.
Lets keep saying it.