Parents in Manchester have been protesting outside schools about the No Outsiders programme which teaches kids that it’s ok to be gay. When I first saw the protestors I thought schools must have been showing kids x-rated pornography, but it turns out all they are doing is explaining that some kids have two mummies and some kids have two daddies. What’s wrong with that? What an over-reaction!
Ben and I have already taught our own children that some people prefer their own sex and that there’s nothing wrong with that but the fact that other parents are so vociferously objecting to this view for their own children, children who may grow up to be gay themselves, demonstrates the importance of including it in the school curriculum.
One protester said, “Being Muslim and being homosexual unfortunately doesn’t coincide together“. Homosexuality is not immoral. The ethicist, Peter Singer says, If a form of sexual activity brings satisfaction to those who take part in it, and harms no one, what can be immoral about it? Personal religious views are insufficient to justify interfering in someone else’s liberty. John Stuart Mill said,
…the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant….Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.
If religious views harm others, as those views of the protesting parents are, then the problem lies with the parents and not with the school and it’s all the more reason to expand the program rather than put it on hold.