News from Grassroots conservatives
10 Oct 2017
A letter published in today’s Daily Telegraph (£), organised by the Coalition for Marriage and signed by prominent Conservative MPs, educationalists and campaigners, has called on the Government to re-think relationships education in England.
The letter, jointly led by the Coalition and SPUC’s Safe at School campaign, urges Conservative Party activists to rebuff attempts to stigmatise traditional marriage and use the education system to promote alternative lifestyles.
Put parents first
Addressing party members, the full letter reads:
Parents and guardians must retain the fundamental freedom to bring up their children in accordance with their beliefs and values. The role of the state in the nurture of children is strictly ancillary to that of the parents or guardians. The Government’s decision to impose Relationships Education on every child in England from the age of five undermines that freedom.
Not only will parents be denied the right to withdraw children from Relationships Education, but the Education Secretary has already spoken in favour of introducing very young children to concepts, such as homosexuality and transgenderism, at an age where these cannot be critically assessed. We note that the Secretary of State has made no mention of ensuring that children are taught about the well-established benefits associated with being brought up by married natural parents.
Relationships education was voted through parliament on the grounds that it would help protect children from exploitative relationships and internet predators. Instead, will it be used to stigmatise traditional marriage and promote alternative lifestyles to children against the wishes of parents?
This would be a coercive and unnecessary measure damaging the position of all parents in England. We urge the attendees of the recent Conservative Party Conference to defend parental freedom and demand that the forthcoming consultation on Relationships Education puts the rights of parents ahead of the power of the state.
Key signatories include Philip Davies MP, Steve Double MP, Martin Vickers MP, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, Dr Trevor G Stammers, Professor Philip Booth, Professor David Paton, and Rod Liddle who featured the letter in his Sunday Times column at the weekend (£).
They are joined by organisations such as Grassroots Conservatives, The Christian Institute, Christian Concern, the National Association for Jewish Orthodox Schools, and the Association of Christian Teachers.