October 4, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The German state of Hessen approved a new and scandalous sex-ed program for high schools that promotes gender theories, homosexuality, bisexuality, and an acceptance of homosexual and transsexual lifestyles.
Scandalous is not just the content of the new curriculum, which is compulsory for all schools of the German state that has Frankfurt as its capital, but also the fact that parent representatives voted against it – as a uniform majority. However, Christian Democratic Union member and Minister of Culture Ralph Alexander Lorz pushed the sex-ed through.
While changes rooted in gender theory have been stopped by Catholic initiatives in Bavaria, the minister of Hessen, located in the center of Germany, approved another (just a text change) sex-ed program that communicates significantly stronger content to school children than in the German state to the south.
The Hessen state is governed by the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Green party. When the new sex-ed program was presented in the Ministry of Culture, it gained support from the Green party immediately. The Catholic bishops and the schools’ representative body of parents opposed it, but Lorz betrayed his own voters by allowing the program against the expressed will of the parents and Catholics (represented by the bishops).
Because of widespread protests, the public was not informed of the decision until it was finalized. The Ministry of Culture did not hold a press conference or issue a statement, the local newspaper, Frankfurter Rundschau, reported, as Lorz went against the rights of parents to educate their children.
One part of the program that parents found objectionable was labeling “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and intersexual” as “accepted” forms of lifestyle. They preferred the word “tolerated.” Stefan Löwer, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Culture, explained that the term “acceptance” was under no circumstance up for discussion, according to German newspaper Die Welt.
The report also stated that the Catholic bishops criticized the sex-ed program as “inappropriate for the age of children” because 10 to 12 year olds would be forced to confront the topics of homosexuality and transsexuality. The bishops’ concern was that children would be confused rather than educated.
The new program stipulates that children will be educated about the roles of women and men, puberty, first love, and different sexual identities. Teenagers will learn what an STD is and how to contracept. The curriculum (need cover photo or other photo of textbooks or promo ads, flyers, etc to give visual evidence of program) promotes sexual orientation as “taught” and teachers will be expected to help during the possible “coming out” experiences of the children.
Christians are not alone in their protests. In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Karla Etschenberg, who is neither conservative nor Christian, believes that sex-ed is a “contribution to the sexualization of children.” Etschenberg is a scientist who has been honored with a medal from the German Society for Social Sciences and Sexual Science.
She explained: “I do not think it is right for sexual education to be an adaptation of fashionable sexual philosophical and political trends and when guidelines are selective. There is danger in that this topic is selectively censored in schools as well. This can very rapidly turn into indoctrination.”
Regarding the sexual behavior of children, she added: “I think you can see that the tendency for the behavior of children can be interpreted in a sexual manner, even if there is no certainty that it has anything to do with sexuality.” She also said, “The topic of trans-sexuality in the fifth or sixth grade is, when carelessly introduced, dangerous since children can be made insecure at the beginning of puberty.”
The Protestant Church, on the other hand, has no problem with the new program. A spokesperson for the Evangelische Kirche in Hessen explained that they accept diverse of forms of cohabitation as long as it is based on reliability and duration.