By Hilary White
LONDON – Government guidelines for training school officials to be more sensitive to homosexuality, instruct teachers not to use the terms “mum and dad” when referring to students’ parents, and to treat “even casual” use of terms like “gay” as equal to racism.
The guidedance was commissioned by the Labour government directly from the homosexual lobby group Stonewall. The document was launched today at a Stonewall conference by Schools Secretary Ed Balls.
Ed Balls said, “Homophobic insults should be viewed as seriously as racism.”
“Even casual use of homophobic language in schools can create an atmosphere that isolates young people and can be the forerunner of more serious forms of bullying.”
The guidelines say that the word “parents” must replace “mum and dad”, and that teachers should educate pupils about civil partnerships and gay adoption rights.
In Britain’s current political climate, even young children have been subject to police interventions on accusations of making “racist” or “homophobic” comments. In October 2006, a 14-year-old school girl was arrested by police and detained in a cell for three hours after she asked to be moved into a group of students who spoke English in class. Stott was denounced to police for “racism” by her teachers. In April 2007, a ten-year-old boy was questioned after the boy sent an email calling another boy “gay”.
In the “Frequently Asked Questions” section of the guidelines, in answer to the question, “We have to respect cultural and religious differences. Does this mean pupils can be homophobic?” the guidelines specifically state that those with religious views regarded by the homosexual movement as “intolerant” must be silent. “A person can hold whatever views they want but expressing views that denigrate others is unacceptable.”
For Stonewall, youth and sexual innocence is no reason for an exemption. To the objection that primary school students are too young to understand issues of homosexuality, the guidelines respond, “Primary-school pupils may be too young to understand their own sexual orientation but it is likely that some primary-school pupils will know someone who is gay.”
“Homophobic language is used in primary schools without the pupils necessarily realising what it is that they are saying. Primary schools should respond to homophobic bullying in an age-appropriate way whilst demonstrating that it is not acceptable in school.”
For parents who object to their children being exposed to instruction on homosexuality, the guidelines say, “Regardless of their views on gay people or sexual orientation, parents and carers have to understand that schools have a responsibility to keep pupils safe.”
Stonewall, perhaps the most successful homosexual activist organization in the world, has been accepted by the Labour government, first under Tony Blair and now by Gordon Brown’s leadership, as the leading voice on all issues regarding homosexuality. The guidelines take this a step further in actually allowing the lobby group to author a government document.
Under Tony Blair’s “New Labour” government, Section 28 – the law which banned the promotion of homosexuality in schools, was repealed. Since then, homosexual activists have used their influence in Parliament to implement a full roster of training for both teachers and students in normalizing homosexuality.