The Scottish government has announced plans to force Catholic schools to teach children about gay marriage, where to get contraceptives and be tested for sexually transmitted diseases. The Express reports,’The new guidance calls for sex lessons in Catholic schools to be brought into line with that of other schools, where pupils are given explicit lessons about contraception and gay sex.’
‘Scottish Government ministers intend to legalise gay marriage and are demanding that the curriculum should reflect the change in the law. And they are about to issue guidelines for schools which could see Catholic schools forced to teach pupils about the issue. Ministers also believe every pupil should learn about local sex clinics where they can get contraception and tests for sexually transmitted diseases.’
Michael McGrath, director of the Scottish Catholic Education Service [SCES], responded:
‘The SCES has encouraged the Scottish Government to move beyond the grudging tolerance which this draft and the original guidance showed towards the right of Catholic schools to follow Church guidance when teaching about sexual health and relationships, including marriage. We expect it, in its final guidance, to honour Nicola Sturgeon and Mike Russell’s assurance it has ‘no intention of requiring any denominational school to act contrary to the guidelines/policy established by the SCES or other religious authorities with a role in denominational education’.
A spokesman for the Scottish Government made it clear that the government expected the compliance of Catholic schools, “Denominational schools, like any other local authority schools, are subject to inspection by Education Scotland on the quality of their learning and teaching.”
Before Christmas the Scottish parliament rejected clauses aimed at protecting the religious freedoms of to protect religious freedom of clergy, celebrants, and teachers.
The Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee voted against proposed changes to the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill by SNP and Labour members that were aimed at enhancing protections for religious bodies and celebrants, potential foster carers and adoptive parents, and public authority workers who do not support same-sex ‘marriage.’
Opponents to the bill believe that, in its current form, it does not do enough to prevent celebrants being sued if they refuse to carry out same-sex ‘marriage’ services. They also fear that teachers bound by an ethos opposed to the changes, such as those in Catholic schools, will be forced to teach their pupils about same-sex ‘marriage’ and potential adoptive parents could lose out unless they support same-sex ‘marriage.’
SNP MSP Richard Lyle had proposed changes to introduce a clause stating that a potential adoptive parent or foster carer’s views on marriage cannot be taken into account during the fostering or adoption process.
Mr Lyle, who adopted his daughter 31 years ago after a lengthy process, said the law could stop children being adopted
The committee rejected his proposal during its consideration of stage two amendments, along with several other amendments designed to protect religious freedom.
Amendments from SNP MSP John Mason aimed at ‘bolstering protection for those with religious views who do not wish to participate in same-sex ‘‘marriage,’’’ and ‘protecting expression of belief in marriage between persons of different sex’ were also voted down.
Protect the Pope comment: The homosexual rights juggernaut continues to crush the rights to religious freedom of churches and individuals in the British Isles. Expect the same disregard of religious freedom over in Ireland when Catholic Enda Kenny introduces gay marriage.