Section 28 backers dare not speak

8th September 2000 at 01:00
READING The TES, one gets the impression that hardly any teachers support Section 28. I do not believe that.

However, I can well believe that its supporters feel too intimidated by the politically correct establishment to say so. How many would dare express support for Section 28 in their staffroom?

So, here goes: I am a teacher who supports the intention of Section 28 and its retention.

In any dealings with pupils I will declare that traditional Church moral teaching takes precedence over the bigoted views of a cool-obsessed, left-liberal regime and its cronies in the liberal establishment. I will affirm to pupils without apology:

that homosexual acts are unnatural and perverted, being contrary to God's ordained natural order;

that homosexual acts are not morally equal to heterosexual acts because they cannot be procreative and are not open to the sharing of life, and as such are sterile and selfish;

that sexual activity properly belongs only within the context of lifelong, wolly faithful, monogamous heterosexual marriage solemnised publicly and before God in Church;

that sexual activity is not the be-all-and-end-all of life and that those of homosexual orientation do not have to engage in it but can choose chastity instead, thus upholding the moral law; and

that all people, including those of homosexual orientation, are equally precious to God and should be treated with equal respect. But that all people, including homosexuals, should resist whichever sins happen to tempt them. For some, that may be the temptation to spend lavishly while millions live in hardship. For others, it might be the temptation to indulge in illicit sexual behaviour.

If my views provoke apoplexy on the part of the chattering classes, I shall see that as vindication. The prejudices and intolerances of such people can be safely ignored - they do not matter. Pupils do matter, and so do the wishes of parents.

J Burrell

Merrow Close




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