from Christian Concern:
Carys Moseley comments on government pressure for schools to adopt the new RSE guidelines a whole year before they are to be made compulsory.
Just before the start of the new academic year, the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, announced that every single school in the UK will get government support to teach about LGBT relationships. This was in direct response to protests from parents against LGBT indoctrination in primary schools.
What is extraordinary about all this is that new guidance has been published by the Department for Education urging schools to adopt the new curriculum this year, one year before it will become compulsory. Why the rush?
Attack on parental rights to protest
The Education Secretary attacked parents’ rights to protest publicly outside schools, saying,
“Firstly, we shouldn’t be seeing protests outside any schools.”
The reason given for this is as follows:
“We want to make sure all pupils, parents and teachers are able to go to those schools freely without any form of intimidation.”
By an extraordinary sleight of hand, Gavin Williamson here conflates public protest with intimidation. Clearly there is something very wrong with this. Protecting the right to protest is vital if the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion is to be protected. Why has this stance been taken?