The government seems to realise that learning about sex and relationships is a vital part of growing up. Last year it legislated to ensure all schools teach
Relationships and Sex Education. But it's also added an important caveat: it will continue to allow faith schools to teach the subject "in accordance with the
tenets of the faith". This makes its stance alarmingly incoherent.
And our Unsafe Sex Education report, published this week, shows the harm it can do. More than three-quarters of faith schools with an SRE policy are
teaching the subject in line with religious scripture. In many cases that means they are promoting guilt and condemning homosexual sex, sex outside marriage,
contraception, abortion and masturbation. In some cases they are even promoting taboos around menstruation.
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The NSS has criticised Surrey Police after it accepted 1,000 branded bibles for distribution amongst officers and staff.
A bill to liberalise abortion laws in the Isle of Man has been overwhelmingly approved by the House of Keys (the lower house of its legislature). If the Legislative
Council (the upper chamber) passes it, the bill will become law.
This week the Supreme Court convened in Belfast to hear an appeal in the case of Ashers bakery, which refused to bake a pro-gay marriage cake. There will now be
up to eight
months' wait before the judgment is delivered.
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