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Sex and Nuns

There is outcry about an amendment to an education bill allowing faith schools to deliver sex and relationships education in a manner that reflects the school’s religious traditions and values. Even with these limitations. I expect sex education has moved on somewhat since I was at my Catholic Secondary school where the nuns tore the pages about contraception out of the biology books and the only instruction given was ‘Don’t do it before you are wed less you burn in Hell’. Fast forward some years to Catholic Marriage class where all but one of the couples were living together, the dire warnings about eternal fiery damnation duly ignored. One couple even brought their offspring, maybe the pages of their textbooks had been similarly defaced?

Although Catholic schools may be somewhat naïve if they believe the majority of their pupils will adhere to these rules and regulations (or maybe we were just a debauched lot?) I don’t personally have a problem with religious schools teaching about sex and relationships according to their own beliefs. Although I may not necessarily agree with their viewpoint I accept that if I was a parent sending my children to be educated in the faith of my choice I would expect that to extend to all aspects of religious belief. Nevertheless these schools have a duty to educate their pupils about basic biology, equality and the relevant facts about relationships and contraception even if it is set within the framework of their own religious belief. Young people need to be suitably equipped for adult life where they can make their own lifestyle and religions choices. Ignorance and prejudice should not be on the school curriculum

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Ever wondered how your friends and acquaintances vote? Ever sat at a dinner party wondering whether to tell your latest Gordon Brown joke? Well, you might not be able to bring up politics in polite conversation, but if you can steer things round to sex, you might get a clue.

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