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Schools should be stopped from promoting homosexual behaviour to children under 16

Schools should be stopped from promoting homosexual behaviour to children under 16

The sex-education policies of dozens of schools are now to be urgently investigated by the Government after the institutions were accused of returning to the anti-gay prejudice of the 1980s. The Section 28 law brought in by Margaret Thatcher 25 years ago banned teachers from ‘intentionally promoting’ homosexuality in classroom lessons. This was a good thing to have done because children under the age of 16 should not be taught that homosexuality is good for humanity in terms of the propagation of the species. If they are naturally homosexual they should be allowed to live out their homosexual lives without persecution but to tell children that engaging in same sex sexual activity is good in relation to how the human species should progress when it is clearly not right in terms of biological reproduction of the next generation is wrong.

Section 28 was overturned by the government of Tony Blair presumably because its critics saw it as discriminating against gay pupils. Despite many academies across the country have adopted policy statements that echoed Section 28. More than 40 schools across the country stress in their sex-education guidelines that governors will not allow teachers to “promote” homosexuality, or are ambiguous on the issue. The government is reviewing this development. A spokesman for the Department for Education said: “What these schools have done by singling out homosexuality is unacceptable.” The sudden reappearance of language used under Section 28 has provoked fury among gay rights activists like Peter Tatchell who said: this is spookily similar to Section 28 in Britain and the new anti-gay law in Russia. These schools are abusing their new freedoms to pressure teachers to teach gay issues in a way that will discourage them from saying anything positive that could be construed as ‘promotion’. Wes Streeting, head of education at Stonewall, said: Given the deeply damaging effect that Section 28 had on the education and well-being of so many young people, it is alarming that some schools continue to have it enshrined in their policies. These campaigners need to realise that if a government wishes to protect the future of the country and its population encouraging homosexuality in the young through the curriculum is a bad thing.

Section 28 should be restored to protect under 16 year olds from inappropriate education in the classroom and outside. To encourage this age group into homosexuality in society should be made a criminal offence. On June 30 this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a bill banning the “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors’’. It’s Article 6.21 says: Propaganda is the act of distributing information among minors that 1) is aimed at the creating nontraditional sexual attitudes, 2) makes nontraditional sexual relations attractive, 3) equates the social value of traditional and nontraditional sexual relations, or 4) creates an interest in nontraditional sexual relations. My view is that these are absolutely good things for society.

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