Sex education has already been hijacked by the state, that is clear. The Government’s decision to impose its particular brand of gender ideology on children through compulsory ‘relationships’ education is alarming. In a letter to The Telegraph published yesterday, a number of groups and individuals joined to call for the rights of parents to be put ahead of the power of the state. It is copied here, with the names of the signatories, for those of you who do not have a Telegraph ‘login’.
SIR – Parents and guardians must retain the fundamental freedom to bring up their children in accordance with their beliefs and values. The role of the state in the nurture of children is strictly ancillary to that of the parents or guardians.
The Government’s decision to impose relationships education on every child in England from the age of five undermines that freedom.
Not only will parents be denied the right to withdraw children from relationships education, but Justine Greening, the Education Secretary, has already spoken in favour of introducing very young children to concepts, such as homosexuality and transgenderism, at an age where these cannot be critically assessed.
We note that the Secretary of State has made no mention of ensuring that children are taught about the well-established benefits associated with being brought up by married natural parents.
Relationships education was voted through Parliament on the grounds that it would help protect children from exploitative relationships and internet predators. Instead, will it be used to stigmatise traditional marriage and promote to children alternative lifestyles against parents’ wishes?
This would be a coercive and unnecessary measure damaging the position of all parents in England. We demand that the forthcoming consultation on relationships education puts the rights of parents ahead of the power of the state.
Philip Davies MP (Con)
Steve Double MP (Con)
Martin Vickers MP (Con)
Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali
Chairman, Conservative Grassroots
Professor Philip Booth
St Mary’s University, Twickenham
Professor David Paton
Nottingham University Business School
Director, National Association of Jewish Orthodox Schools
Co-Editor, The Conservative Woman
Coalition for Marriage
Director, Family Education Trust
Director of Campaigns, SPUC Safe at School
Chairman, Christian Institute
Chief Executive, Christian Concern
Director, Association of Christian Teachers
Dr Chris Richards
Dr Trevor G Stammers
E J Matyjaszek
Principal, Priory School of Our Lady of Walsingham
Revd Andrew Symes
Executive Secretary, Anglican Mainstream
Organiser, Challenge Team UK
Rev Dr Matthew P W Roberts
Dr Lisa Nolland
Convenor, Marriage, Sex and Culture, Anglican Mainstream
Rev Lynda Rose
Chief Executive Officer, Voice for Justice UK