CofE: We hope parents won’t withdraw their kids from the new RSE

Apr 23, 2019 by

by Stephen Conway, tes:

A senior Church of England bishop throws support of church behind the controversial new sex education guidance.

This week, the new framework for the teaching of relationships and sex education (RSE) will become legal.

Much has been written about the guidance, and it’s not surprising. Relationships are at the core of what it means to be human. How we frame those relationships – in family and friendship, within communities and between nations – needs careful thought. For Christians, as for other people of faith, our identity as humans exists in relationship with God. We believe that the dignity and worth of every individual exists because they are made unique and precious in the image and likeness of the Creator.

We seek to live in loving human relationships which reflect something of God’s love for the world, and to form patterns of life in family and society in which each may be fully alive as God intended. The challenge is to live in ways which are rooted deep in Scripture and the tradition of the Christian faith, and which contribute to the common good of the plural society of which we are part today.

The point of the new RSE guidance is to update the existing legislation, which is nearly 20-years-old. When that guidance was written, fewer than ten per cent of households were connected to the internet, and connection speeds were snail-like.

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Editor’s note: the Bishop does not articulate or defend the historic Christian teaching on sex, marriage and family, based on the bible. Rather he effectively invokes God’s blessing on many different ‘patterns of family’, and encourages Anglicans to view the new sex education regulations, easily shaped as LGBT propaganda for children, as a good thing. It’s unlikely that the Bishop himself is a cultural Marxist or sexual libertarian; also he is not naive. Rather he reflects the political calculation of the C of E leadership: best to align with visible human power.


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