February 16th 2013

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FREE SPEECH: Feel free to insult me!

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Gillard re-election strategy turns to mud

EDITORIAL: Why Julia Gillard faces winter of discontent

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: NCC national conference looks to federal election

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ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Currency war unleashes new world disorder

JAPAN: Japan's policy U-turn to reverse 20-year decline

SOUTH-EAST ASIA: Winds of change sweep South-East Asia

UNITED KINGDOM: Gay indoctrination now mandatory for British schools

SCHOOLS: Time for parents to brush up on education gobbledegook


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BOOK REVIEW The women who brought peace to Liberia

BOOK REVIEW Defending traditional marriage against the revisionists

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Gay indoctrination now mandatory for British schools

by Peter Saunders

News Weekly, February 16, 2013

In Britain, teachers will be sacked and children will be indoctrinated with gay rights propaganda, warns British doctor Peter Saunders, now that the House of Commons has passed a bill allowing same-sex marriage.

The UK Daily Telegraph carried a front-page story recently, saying that the British Government is “powerless” to stop teachers getting sacked if they refuse to endorse same-sex marriage (UK Telegraph, January 25, 2013).

It quotes a senior source at the Department for Education admitting that the UK is not “in control” and that European judges will have the final say.

We knew that teachers were under threat, but now we know the Government secretly thinks so too.

The Coalition for Marriage (C4M) recently published a legal opinion from leading QC Aidan O’Neill confirming that one of the major impacts of Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron’s new law allowing same-sex marriage would be in the classroom.

It says that the law will require that children learn about gay marriage in sex education lessons.

This is because Section 403(1A)(a) of the Education Act 1996 imposes a duty on the Secretary of State “to issue guidance” ensuring that pupils “learn the nature of marriage and its importance for family life and the bringing up of children”.

If gay marriage becomes law, then “its importance for family life and the bringing up of children” must be taught as part of sex education.

In addition, if gay marriage is taught within schools outside sex education, Mr O’Neill says that parents would have “little prospects of success” in claiming a legal right to withdraw children from such lessons.

The Coalition for Marriage has now published a new report, Gay Marriage in Primary Schools: The Impact of Redefining Marriage on Education (December 2012), giving details of exactly the sort of material school children will be reading.

Gay rights activist group Stonewall has already produced a recommended reading list for primary and secondary schools aimed at normalising lesbian and gay families.

Titles include King and King; Mom and Mum Are Getting Married; Daddy, Papa and Me; Daddy’s Roommate; Josh and Jaz Have Three Mums; and Mommy, Mama and Me.

Countering stigma for vulnerable children is one thing, but attempting to engineer and reshape children’s values and worldviews is quite another altogether.

A teacher-training guide, also produced by Stonewall, suggests that primary school children could perform some of the storybooks as school plays.

An accompanying teacher-training DVD produced by Stonewall, with support from the taxpayer-funded Training and Development Agency for Schools, suggests that pupils must become “resilient” to the values of their parents and grandparents.

This is in reference to some parents and grandparents who may have objections to issues such as gay marriage.

In 2009, Muslim and Christian parents in Waltham Forest, East London, were threatened with prosecution for withdrawing their children from primary schools lessons that used the gay marriage story book, King and King. The council said the withdrawals were “unauthorised” absences and that action would be taken against the parents.

The legal and political pressure to use these books in classrooms will be all the greater now that marriage has been redefined. Culture wars about the meaning of marriage shouldn’t be dragged into our schools.

But some extreme local authority somewhere will try to do just that, and woe betide any teacher or parent who objects.

What we have learnt from two of the recent four European court cases involving Christians who lost their jobs for manifesting their faith is that under Britain’s Equality Act the right of Christian conscience is trumped by gay rights.

Dr Peter Saunders is CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organisation with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. He blogs at: pjsaunders.blogspot.co.uk

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