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“Homosexual Sensitivity” classes? June 15, 2010

Posted by Maddog in Catholicism, Prolife Issues, Religion and Social Issues.
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It looks like the Department of Education may be opening a Pandora’s box with its plan to teach sex education modules to young kids.

Now we have a gay group wanting schools to teach “homosexual sensitivity” as well. Check out this story in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Gay group wants homosexuality to be taught kids, too

BAGUIO CITY—If government is ready to teach children about sex, shouldn’t it be ready also to teach children about homosexuality so the gay community would no longer be a punch line to a joke?

The Lesbians for National Democracy (Lesbond) here has launched an education campaign on homosexuality and homophobia for universities and the media but which is also being re-crafted so it may be used to reach out to elementary school pupils.

The group developed a module culled from several masters’ theses in the University of the Philippines Baguio, which describe the history, sociology and societal behavior that has sustained homophobia in the Philippines, said Lesbond member Julie Palaganas.

Palaganas said the Department of Education’s decision to reinstitute sex education meant that government educators may also be open to a gender sensitive module on homosexuals.

We shouldn’t be surprised. Once you allow one radical school of thought to teach its beliefs in schools (such as the population control types with their abortifacient contraceptives), you can expect others to demand for the same opportunity.

How about Christian Sensitivity instead?

There is nothing wrong with teaching kids to love and respect people with different views. That, in fact, is what many religions and philosphies teach (although not everyone practices it). But we should NOT teach that any choice of lifestyle is just as good as any other. After all, if anything and everything is good and just “okay”, then nothing is really good. There would be no such thing as right and wrong. If anything is true, nothing is really true.

Teaching homosexual “sensitivity” in schools could be dangerous. Unless taught properly, it is quite likely to lead to acceptance and encouragement of a risky (especially in terms of health) and immoral lifestyle. That being said, it is important, to ensure that our children can accept homosexuals as brothers and sisters in Christ deserving of respect, love, and human rights despite their disordered preferences.

I would also like to point out that the teachings of the Catholic Church are NOT homophobic. The Church realizes and proclaims the truth about the unnatural, disordered and sinful nature of homosexual activity, but it does not hate or fear homosexuals, any more than it hates or fears any other kind of sinner. Homosexual acts are objectively wrong and sinful, but homosexuals are children of God. Just as we treat any other sinner with compassion, so must we treat homosexuals with compassion. We all are sinners.

I do have many homosexual friends, and although I do not agree with them, I have much love and respect for them. They not only deserve it, they have earned it.

The old adage then holds true: “hate the sin but love the sinner.”



1. Maddog - June 25, 2010

Here’s some good news.

UN-Backed Sex-Ed Program in Philippines Put on Hold

The Philippine Department of Education (DepEd) has decided to put a hold on the implementation of a new UN-backed sex-education program in elementary and high schools. The program had caused an uproar in the country, and was heavily opposed by parents and the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.

“We decided to hold in abeyance the teaching of the sex education module until a final decision is made on the consultation process,” DepEd Secretary Mona Valisno said.

Attorney Jo Imbong is representing about 30 other individuals who went to court to get an injunction to stop the program and have it ruled unconstitutional. The case was filed at the Quezon City Regional Trial Court and named Valisno and Undersecretary Ramon Bacani as respondents.

2. Maddog - July 21, 2010

Here are some excellent insights from Antonio J. Montalvan II, in his article, “The fuss about sex education.”

As well as it is a gift that ordains one to life and love, sex is not a shameful thing. Because our sexuality makes us authentically human, the rule of life is not built on the selfish pursuit of pleasure. An essential factor thus in the teaching of sex education is purity, or in its secular parlance, abstinence from sex. A Protestant group actually uses the more youth-savvy phrase “true love waits.”

Too often, media portrays the church as one opposed to the young having a good time. Not true. What it does is to teach that a good time can be had with temperance. It is absolutely possible to live in the middle of this world, and to relish all that it offers, by being good and modest. Is this the standard used by the eager beavers of sex education?

Well said!

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