Catholic schools are abandoning sections of their Sex and Relationship Education policies under pressure from the British Humanist Association who have accused them of promoting section 28 type policies about homosexuality. The British Humanist Association, led by the homosexual Andrew Copson, has complained to the Department of Education who stated:
‘‘What these schools have done by singling out homosexuality is unacceptable. All schools can draw up their own sex education policy but they must ensure they do not discriminate unfairly on grounds of sexual orientation. Our sex and relationship education guidance makes it clear that schools should not promote any sexual orientation. The DfE will be looking into these schools.’
Section 28 was a fantastic law introduced by Margaret Thatcher that sought to protect young people from gay propaganda. Section 28 prohibited local authorities from ‘intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality’ and from promoting the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.’
Sadly, only two Catholic schools were identified by the British Humanist Association of either containing references to section 28 or promoting section 28 type policies on homosexuality. The Tablet reports:
‘Research by the British Humanist Association (BHA) found that 45 schools – including St Ignatius College in Enfield, London, and St Illtyds R.C. High School in Cardiff – referred to section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 within their sex education policies. Both St Ignatius College and St Illtyds’ policies stated that section 28 did not prevent the objective discussion of homosexuality because it did not apply to schools.’
Sadly, the Diocese of Cardiff’s Education Department has immediately crumbled under the pressure from the British Humanist Association and the Department of Education according to The Tablet, ‘Cardiff Archdiocese’s Director of Schools will ask St Illtyds to review its policy to ensure full legal compliance when schools resume in September.’
Protect the Pope comment: Every Catholic school in the UK should, of course, have SRE policies that are based on the Church’s doctrine on sexual ethics and the sacrament of marriage, as expressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This, of course, means that all Catholic schools are prohibited by the Church’s doctrine from promoting homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality’ and from promoting the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.’ Though our schools don’t need to refer to section 28, they do need to maintain the prohibitions expressed by section 28, irrespective of the Department of Education’s pressure to enforce legal compliance. This is obvious, but regrettably needs stating based on the track record of our Catholic institutions to compromise and capitulate at the first sign of trouble. Haven’t they got it yet, Catholic schools are in big trouble.