Education Minister warns teachers may be sacked for refusing to teach same-sex marriage

David Cameron’s Education Minister, Michael Gove, has warned that teachers may be sacked if they refuse to teach their pupils about same-sex marriage and the government can do nothing to stop it. In response Maria Miller, the Equalities Minister, said that teachers, even in faith schools, would be expected to present same-sex marriage in a balanced way, giving arguments for gay marriage and arguments against gay marriage.  Ms Miller stated if teachers presented this balanced approach they would not need to fear losing their jobs.

The Catholic Herald reports:

The Education Secretary has expressed fears that the Government will be powerless to prevent primary school teachers from being sacked, if they refuse to teach children about gay marriage.

According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, a senior source in Michael Gove’s department said that the UK was not “in control” and any final decisions might inevitably rest with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

The Government’s bill on same-sex marriage was published today and will be debated in the House of Commons on February 5.

But equalities minister, Maria Miller, has tried to reassure teachers that their jobs will not be under threat once the bill has passed.

She told the Today programme on Radio 4: “Look, teachers are able to and entitled to express their views about same-sex marriage and there’s no requirement at all for them to promote it but, obviously, we wouldn’t expect teachers to be offensive or discriminate in any way about anybody.”

She continued: “I think it’s important to say that in the context of talking about religious belief, perhaps in a church school that, there are different views on these matters, that there are views that marriage is between a man and a woman, particularly when it comes to, say, the Church of England, the Catholic church or the Church in Wales.

“You think you always expect our teachers to teach in a balanced way and nothing changed in that respect, but, obviously, it’s important that children do know that there are different beliefs within different religious faiths.”

Protect the Pope comment: Yet again David Cameron’s assurances that his same-sex marriage legisalation will not impinge on the rights of the Catholic Church have been shown up as empty promises. The Education Minister’s warning about teachers being sacked are worrying enough but even more concerning is the Equalities Minister’s stipulation that teachers in Catholic schools would be required to present the arguments for same-sex marriage alongside the teachings of the Catholic Church as if they were of equal merit. Will she send in inquisitors to ensure that this ‘balanced’ approach is being adhered to?

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2013/01/25/government-cannot-protect-teachers-from-the-sack-if-they-refuse-to-teach-same-sex-marriage/

20 comments to Education Minister warns teachers may be sacked for refusing to teach same-sex marriage

  • Karla

    Yet again the sour repercussions of gay ‘marriage’ for religious liberty

    Coalition for Marriage have produced a booklet on gay ‘marriage’ in schools

    http://c4m.org.uk/downloads/schools.pdf

    • Michael Petek

      If it is found on the facts that action which promotes homosexual activity (a) creates a serious risk to the health of a section of the public; and (b) is done for the purpose of promiting an ideological cause (homosexualism), then this puts Ben Summerskill and his boyfriend within the statutory definition of a terrorist.

  • Verity Szukam

    The GCSE curriculum currently forces teachers to present all controversial topics in a balanced way, even abortion.

  • Damask Rose

    This is not equality. This is inequality. I was once told at work that bullying is kind of subjective. So if you think you are being bullied, then you are and you have a right to say so, make a complaint. So if a gay dislikes his co-worker’s, teacher’s, pro-heterosexual marriage stance, thinks homosexuality is a sin, these people can be reported. With the weight homosexuality carries now, people will be sacked from their jobs in the name of PC-ness.

    Why stop at employment? Remember the man who had his bank account stopped on the internet as reported by LifeSiteNews.

  • Putting both views across isn’t *too* bad. You can put both views across in a way which leaves your listeners in no doubt as to which one is the right one.

    And in any case, I have always said that we shouldn’t fear exposing young people to alternative views. If we don’t, the world will. The difference is, when we do it, we can then follow it immediately with ‘and this is why we believe that is wrong…’

  • Lynda

    Abuse of the child and the teacher. A teacher ought to be sacked if he corrupts his pupils by lying to them about the nature of man and marriage. There is a fundamental duty to respect and protect children’s natural innocence and not to tell them harmful lies about the most important things. Corruption of a child’s understanding of basic moral truths is abuse of the most evil kind

  • Michael Petek

    “Yet again David Cameron’s assurances that his same-sex marriage legisalation will not impinge on the rights of the Catholic Church have been shown up as empty promises.” Well, after all, we do promise when renewing our baptismal promises to reject the empty promises of someone who has his hand up Mr Cameron’s back.

  • Rifleman819

    Deacon Nick,

    Threats of treble dip recession , 2.49 million unemployed…..massive public debt burdens……structural problems with Europe , societal pressures with immigration and all that seems to obsess this government is “gay marriage”.

    There will be frabjous times when the first gay/transgender marriage ceremony is celebrated in the Al-Jama Masoud mosque in Luton , won’t there?
    Reception in the Equalities Hall of Luton and Dunstable Conservative Association, followed by Square dancing in the Gladstone Ballroom of the local Lib Dems.Callou! Callae!

    And the Thought Gestapo patrol schools to stifle any dissent. Well as Catholics we’re the experts at resistance -1559-1829…………………so need to gear up now.
    Welcome to the Lewis Carroll world of Britain 2013.

    • Spesalvi23

      The only difference is: the thought / opinion police today isn’t secret any longer.

      • Rifleman819

        Spes,
        I had not looked at it that way…..how correct of you to state the plain truth.Our secular masters have not even bothered with the thinnest damask sheet to cover their agenda this time.
        But here’s an interesting one -imagine a Islamic, State funded academy under an OFSTED inspection and observations of their PSE lessons……….wonder who will blink first when the Koran’s view on homosexuals and marriage come up as a topic in an observed lesson?
        Interesting to be a fly on that all.

        And that sort of hypothetical example could be very close to the truth soon in a place like Luton.

        Interesting times…………

    • Augustine

      Mr Cameron and his chums have been very quiet about the cost of same sex “marriage”. A staff writer from Pinknews.co.uk reported on 20 September 2010 that Stonewall boss Ben Summerskill argued that the Lib Dem “equal marriage” plan could cost up to £5bn.

      Yes, you read that correctly – FIVE BILLION POUNDS.

      When there are cuts in the Government budget across the board, Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg want to spend FIVE BILLION POUNDS of taxpayers’ money on same sex “marriage

  • ms Catholic state

    What’s going to happen when Catholic pupils tell PC indoctrinated teachers that the only valid form of marriage is between a man and a woman. It should be interesting.

  • Simon

    This merely confirms what we know. The notion of a ‘quadruple’ lock is completely spurious. If this bill goes through challenges in Europe WILL lead to legal rights for homosexual couples to be married in any church. The radical gay groups and individuals will certainly challenge through the European courts their “right” to be married in any church. Now we have attempts to further control how we hand the faith to our children. We all need to wake up and challenge this. The greatest threat is our own inertia and complacency.

  • John Dare

    I asked a few questions on 17th, any chance of an answer?
    See http://protectthepope.com/?p=6461

    Throw it open for general comment if you like.

    • Nicolas Bellord

      I will have a go!

      You asked:

      1. Should the courts have the right to decide on all questions?
      2. If not who should and why?
      3. Should religious objections to all proposed laws be bowed to by HMG?
      4. If the answer to 3 is yes, or maybe, does that extend to all religions?
      5. What happens if the objections of different religions confilct?
      6. Does Nick think there should be special rules for each religion where their rules confict with legisaltion?
      7. What happens if the special rules conflict with what non religious people want?

      Obviously the answer to the first question is NO. The courts can decide what the law says and the facts of a case presented to them. There are questions that fall to be decided by Parliament, scientists and all sorts of other experts. Perhaps you need to clarify what questions you are talking about. If it is SSM then one can look to the natural law and the views of philosophers, anthropologists etc. It is not something that Parliament can change any more than Parliament can decide that two and two makes five. Until you clarify what questions you are talking about then the remaining questions are not answerable.

      • John Dare

        Thanks Nicholas. Nick has responded in the orginal post, but only to remind me of my various character flaws, of which I’m all too consious.

        The first question could have the words ‘all cases brought before them’.

        • John Dare

          I sugges that the others follow on. No particular examples, just whats the score on principle. Its interesting that there isn’t the usual scramble to give an opinion.

  • Georgina

    Catholic Schools/ religous will be shut down more like!

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