From the department of “you couldn’t make it up”…
In theory the UK has an Equality Act that bans discrimination against people on the grounds of their sexuality. In practice, of course, homophobic organizations (mostly religious) will do anything they can to get around this, and some Tory ministers are only to happy to help them.
As The Guardian reports today, Catholic faith schools in Lancashire have been handing out copies of a booklet called “Pure Manhood: How to become the man God wants you to be”, written by an American fundamentalist preacher. The booklet includes statements like this: “the homosexual act is disordered, much like contraceptive sex between heterosexuals. Both acts are directed against God’s natural purpose for sex – babies and bonding.” It also insists that, “scientifically speaking, safe sex is a joke”.
Trade unionists have complained to the Education Minister, Michael Gove, that the booklet is homophobic and should be banned, but Gove insists that school curriculums are exempt from the Equality Act, and that consequently schools are free to teach any sort of bigoted nonsense they want.
Weird ideas about sex, however, are not the only strange things in the booklet. All sorts of aspects of macho-ness are explored, including the need for real men to kill animals to prove their virility. There is a particularly bizarre passage about how to kill a wolf by sacrificing a goat. I won’t go into the gory details. The important point is that, as this blog post reveals, that piece of text was lifted from the book Beasts of Gor by John Norman.
So, I ask you, would you want your children taught about sex from a booklet written by someone who gets his ideas from Gor novels? Apparently Mr. Gove thinks that’s OK.