Education Minister: Catholic schools will be required to teach new sex ed program
Ontario Catholic parents hoping their children attending a Catholic school will be spared an explicit sex-education curriculum that allegedly will teach their children about masturbation, to question their sexual identity as male or female, and about diverse family structures are out of luck.
Education Minister Liz Sandals stated on TVO’s The Agenda yesterday that Catholic schools will not be able to opt out of the curriculum being forced upon Ontario’s schools by lesbian Premier, Kathleen Wynne.
“There is one curriculum document, and it’s our expectation that all four systems [English and French Catholic, English and French public] will be using the same curriculum document,” she said.
Sandals said that while the Catholic school system will be able to provide “commentary” on the government-mandated sex-ed through its own family life program, it won’t be allowed to change anything and must “deliver” the sex-ed as written.
If the curriculum is anything like its forerunner, shelved in 2010 after parental backlash, it will likely contain items contrary to Catholic sexual and moral teaching, such as approval of masturbation, anal and oral sex, homosexuality, and contraception.
Sandals defended the move to roll out the sex-ed for the 2015/16 school year, saying “it’s the right time to do it for the kids, because the kids need the information.”
When host Steve Paikin asked Sandals directly to respond to concerns that the curriculum would “actively encourage 12 year olds to masturbate as one way of learning about your body and teach eight year olds that being male or female is merely a social construct,” she did not deny that the curriculum contained these components. Sandals instead deflected the question, saying that such components would be included in the teacher’s aid as a “suitable response” if kids were to ask questions on the topic.
At a few points during the interview, Sandals spoke of the sex-ed program as providing children with “good, accurate information” about sex without saying from what perspective the information was judged to be ‘good’ and ‘accurate.’
The abortion giant Planned Parenthood has a very different notion of what makes “good” sex-ed when compared to the Catholic Church. For instance, while Planned Parenthood holds that killing the pre-born child by abortion in the name of ‘reproductive rights’ is a socially good and acceptable action, the Catholic Church holds that abortion is always and everywhere wrong since it destroys a human being. It can never be justified.
Sandals also confirmed that the curriculum would teach children about what it means to give ‘consent’ to sex.
“We don’t just need to talk about healthy relationships, we need to make it crystal clear and explicit that informed consent is required [before engaging in sexual activity], and we need both the boys and the girls to get the same information,” she said.
LifeSiteNews reported earlier this week about critics reacting to teaching young children to give consent in a curriculum they say has been hijacked by activists with a homosexual agenda.
Dr. Judith Reisman, a professor at Liberty University School of Law, told LifeSiteNews at that time that “pedosadists” within the homosexual movement are moving to “lower the age of consent and to teach children that it is OK for them to consent to having sex with adults.”
“The whole issue is to make children available for sex earlier. The younger the child can give consent, the quicker you can have sex with them that is legal,” she said.
Find a full listing of LifeSiteNews' coverage of the Ontario government's explicit sex-ed program here.