Faith groups demand Government’s permission for homophobic teaching in English schools

By Jay Harman

Schools Minister Nick Gibb MP is responsible for the Government’s guidance on Relationships Education and RSE

A number of fundamentalist and fringe religious groups are seeking to undermine the Government’s plans for relationships and sex education (RSE) in English schools by opposing teaching about same-sex relationships, Humanists UK can reveal.

The Department for Education’s (DfE) consultation on Relationships Education (RelEd) in primaries and RSE in secondaries closed on Monday. Whilst the consultation invited views on what content should be included in the two subjects, some religious groups – including Christian, Jewish, and Muslim organisations – used it as an opportunity to encourage supporters to respond by attacking the Government for its insistence that both RelEd and RSE be inclusive of same-sex relationships and LGBT people. Exposing the deeply homophobic, sexist, and pseudoscientific claims made by various religious organisations in their guidance for responding to the consultation, Humanists UK has urged the Government to be resilient to intolerance and defend the ‘equality and dignity of all people’.

Humanists UK Education Campaigns Manager Jay Harman commented, ‘It is time for the Government to make a decision. Will it continue to allow state-funded schools to teach that homosexuality is a sin and to condemn, stigmatise, …read more

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