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4 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I July 2009
Muslims rally against sex-ed plans
Faith based communities rally against government plans to
introduce sex education at the primary level
Nearly 2,000 Muslims in Britain have teaching sex-ed earlier age. Jews have also campaigned against
signed a petition against a proposed “Our concern is that these teachings sex education in schools across
sex education curriculum, protesting are prematurely sexualizing children Europe and the United States.
the government’s push for compulsory at a psychological level,” Tahir Alam, a The same debate has raged for
sex-ed for children as young as five. spokesperson for the Muslim Council years in the United States, where
Classes about personal, social of Britain’s education committee said conservative Christians have led
and health matters including sex and “Such teachings erode the innocence the fight against compulsory sex
relationships will be compulsory for all education arguing that they have a
schoolchildren aged five to 16 when religious objection protected under
the new school year starts as part of the first amendment.
the Sexual Relationship Education Muslim parents in Britain fear early
(SRE) curriculum in all of Britain’s sex education will sexualize children
schools from ages five to 16 according way too early, Alam said Britain’s
to a government report currently plan does not recognize the need of
released for public consultation. Muslim parents to maintain the Islamic
The curriculum, proposed by identity of their children and stressed
the government as a solution to the that parents and schools should work
country’s growing rate of teenage together to determine the material
pregnancy, the highest in Europe, is of children.” taught to impressionable children.
currently open for public consultation. “The whole subject is not taught The petition says sex education
And Muslims are to tell the government from a values framework, but from is the responsibility of the parent and
that they oppose teaching sex in a value-free framework. It says ‘you therefore should be imparted within a
school. children you make your own minds domestic framework where it can be
The government has also called up’,” he added. taught based on Islamic teachings that
for more school-based clinics to Muslims in the west are not the prohibit premarital sexual relations. It
provide contraception while Britain’s only faith-based community that also demanded the right of parents to
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Families has urged schools to begin Conservative Christians and Orthodox classes.
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