‘How to deal with religious employees’, by gay lobby

The Government’s equality watchdog has funded a top gay lobby group to advise employers on dealing with the ‘clash’ between sexual orientation and religious liberty rights.
Stonewall’s 38-page guide, Sexual Orientation and Religion: How to manage relations in the workplace, was produced with funding from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

The lobby group’s Chief Executive, Ben Summerskill, is an EHRC Commissioner.

Stonewall backs Islington Council’s attempt to force Christian employee, Lillian Ladele, to act against her religious beliefs on marriage. Her legal case is ongoing.

The group is also supporting a legal action by a gay couple who are suing the Christian owners of a guest house because they have a ‘married couples only’ policy for double rooms.

Stonewall is also pushing to remove a free speech protection passed by Parliament last year which makes clear that criticising homosexual conduct isn’t, in itself, a crime.

The EHRC has previously given £35,000 to an atheist group, part of which funded another set of guidelines for employers in which it claimed that Christians who evangelise at work could be breaking the law.

The guidance, from the British Humanist Association (BHA), claims that attempts by religious believers to proselytise “are highly likely to amount to harassment of their colleagues”.

The head of the EHRC recently appeared to regret appointing an evangelical Christian to the Commission because it upset gay and atheist campaigners.

Trevor Phillips said if he had anticipated the reaction to the appointment of Joel Edwards, formerly the head of the Evangelical Alliance (EA), there might have been a different outcome.

In September 2008 it was revealed that a senior official at the Equality and Human Rights Commission told a fringe meeting of trade unionists that the Commission would act to root out ‘homophobia’ in religion.


Kids act out ‘Romeo and Julian’ in gay school play

Children as young as 14 have performed a gay version of Shakespeare’s famous love story, dubbed ‘Romeo and Julian’, at a school in London.

The play, which has been criticised in Parliament as mind blowing political correctness, also switched Romeo’s best friend Mercutio and his cousin Benvolio to female characters. It was performed last month by students aged 14 to 16 at Leytonstone School, a mixed comprehensive in East London, in front of the actor and gay campaigner, Sir Ian McKellen.

Sir Ian is a leading supporter of the homosexual lobby group Stonewall and has been helping them promote their agenda in schools. In December he attacked faith schools, saying they were giving children a “second class” education. During a visit to Welling school in Kent, he said: “It worries me that there is an increasing number of faith schools in this country where it might be thought appropriate for religious views to invade the classroom. “If that’s happening, those kids are getting a second-class education.”

The school performance of ‘Romeo and Julian’ was criticised by an MP in the House of Commons yesterday. Philip Davies, the Conservative MP for Shipley in Yorkshire, called for a Parliamentary debate on ‘political correctness’. He said: “This is mind-blowing. Anyone with an ounce of sense would want their children to be learning Romeo and Juliet rather than Romeo and Julian.”

But Commons leader Harriet Harman responded: “There is going to be a debate next Thursday about new equality legislation so we can ensure everybody in this country is treated with fairness, respect and not subject to prejudice and discrimination – and indeed cheap shots – from you.”

News of the ‘Romeo and Julian’ play comes as the controversial Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) History Month is being pushed throughout the nation. The campaign was at the centre of recent controversy after a rainbow gay campaign flag was hoisted outside Limehouse police station in East London, replacing the Union Flag. But Sir Paul Stephenson, the new Met Commissioner, ordered the flag to be taken down. Senior Met sources said the decision was taken because the police in London should not “stray into political territory.”

In 2007 six Christian girls tried to excuse themselves from a school event celebrating LGBT History Month, but teachers forced them to attend against their will.

In previous years the campaign tried to teach children that Florence Nightingale was a lesbian and that Isaac Newton was gay. The organisers of the month-long initiative have been invited to a party at 10 Downing Street next week.

from http://www.christian.org.uk/news/20090227/kids-act-out-romeo-and-julian-in-gay-school-play/

Don’t tell children right from wrong, parents told by government

The Government has told parents to discuss sex with their children without “trying to convince them” of what is right and wrong. Should the Government tell parents not to pass on values? The Christian Institute’s Simon Calvert discusses the issue on BBC Three Counties Radio. The advice comes in a new booklet, called Talking to your Teenager about Sex and Relationships, which is to be made available at pharmacies nationwide.

It has prompted criticism from family campaigners who say it is “outrageous” for the Government to tell parents not to give children clear moral guidance on sexual relationships. Although the Government says it is keen for parents to discuss sex with their children, it recently emerged that parents’ views were ignored during consultations on making sex education compulsory in primary and secondary schools. The new booklet tells parents: “Under the NHS, contraception and condoms are free and there are lots of safe and effective methods that are suitable for young people – encourage your teenager to visit their local clinic or GP so they can make a choice that’s right for them. “Why not offer to go with your daughter or encourage them to take a friend to support them? “Or, if you have a teenage son, suggest he talks to his girlfriend about it and visits a clinic with her.” It cautions: “Discussing your values with your teenagers will help them to form their own. “Remember though, that trying to convince them of what’s right and wrong may discourage them from being open.”

Children’s minister Beverley Hughes said the Government “doesn’t bring up children” but “does have a role to play in supporting parents and giving them access to advice and information”. But Simon Calvert of the Christian Institute said: “The idea that the Government is telling families not to pass on their values is outrageous. “Preserving children’s innocence is a worthy goal. We would like to see more of that kind of language rather than this amoral approach where parents are encouraged to present their children with a smorgasbord of sexual activities and leave them to make up their own minds.”

Author and researcher Patricia Morgan, who is completing a book on teenage pregnancy, said: “All the evidence from the United States is that if parents say they disapprove of underage sex, the teenagers are less likely to do it. “If parents talk about underage sex and do not disapprove of it, the children go on to do it. It is pretty basic stuff,” she added. “Parents are not allowed to know if their child is being given contraception or getting an abortion. But they are being told to teach their children about sex in a manner dictated by the State.”

Meanwhile FPA (formerly the Family Planning Association) has been given £530,000 by the Government to train parents in how to teach their children about sex. FPA is the group behind “Let’s grow with Nisha and Joe”, a comic-style sex education booklet for six-year-olds. The group was one of the most vocal proponents of the programme of compulsory in-depth sex education which the Government intends to introduce for school children as young as five.

FPA was criticised last year for promoting a video to schools along with a leaflet telling teenage girls as young as 14 that warnings about the negative consequences of abortion are just ‘myths’. “Women may feel relieved, have mixed feelings or feel sad. Only a few women experience long-term psychological problems and those women who do often had similar problems before pregnancy,” it read. But earlier that year the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) warned that having an abortion can damage a woman’s mental health. The RCP said women should be warned of the risks before proceeding.