Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Thousands of Spaniards in 46 cities march for 'zero abortion'

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Thousands of Spaniards in 46 cities march for 'zero abortion' [LifeSiteNews.com, 18 November]

Parents warned about Ofsted imposing homosexual agenda on schools
Parents are being warned about Ofsted, the schools inspectorate in England, imposing a homosexual agenda on schools.The warning follows a report by Gay Star News that Ofsted is starting to implement guidance, published in September, which judges both primary and secondary schools according to whether they "[teach] about different types of families". Antonia Tully, national co-ordinator of Safe at School, a parents' support campaign, said: “Safe at School warned repeatedly that allowing 'same-sex marriage' in law would lead to the widespread promotion of homosexuality in schools." [SPUC, 19 November]

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Parents warned about Ofsted imposing homosexual agenda on schools

Parents are being warned about Ofsted, the schools inspectorate in England, imposing a homosexual agenda on schools.

The warning follows a report by Gay Star News that Ofsted is starting to implement guidance, published in September, which judges both primary and secondary schools according to whether they "[teach] about different types of families". (See Ofsted briefing, "Exploring the school's actions to prevent homophobic bullying", September 2013. The briefing is part of a zip file of Ofsted documents which can be downloaded at http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/inspection--forms-and-guides/s/Section%205%20briefings%20and%20information.zip)

Antonia Tully, national co-ordinator of Safe at School, SPUC's parents' support campaign, told the media:
“Safe at School warned repeatedly that allowing 'same-sex marriage' in law would lead to the widespread promotion of homosexuality in schools. The law has not yet come into force, yet Ofsted is already imposing a homosexual agenda on schools. Most parents would find it unimaginable that Ofsted is requiring their child's primary schools to give lessons on same-sex families.

Also under the Ofsted guidance, primary schools have to make sure that any child 'born a girl who would rather be a boy, or born a boy and would like to be a girl' feels safe and included. This requirement places an intolerable burden on teachers to identify such children, and seeks to recruit teachers as unqualified psychoanalysts of gender-neutralism."
Antonia issued a stark warning to parents that they have to take action to protect their children from homosexual indoctrination in school:
"I am advising parents to tell their child's school that they do not want their child to be present in lessons which open up controversial gender theories", said Mrs Tully. "Parents recognise that the relentless promotion of all types of underage sexual activity leads to a culture where their children are at risk of sexually-transmitted infections and abortion."
Although parents are legally entitled to withdraw their children from sex education and religious education lessons, parents cannot withdraw their children from lessons which promote homosexuality if such lessons take place within compulsory National Curriculum subjects.

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Scottish supporters - ask MSPs to vote against same-sex marriage

This Wednesday the Scottish Parliament will debate and vote upon the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill, which would allow same-sex marriage in Scotland. The debate and vote will be on the principle of the bill - the equivalent of a Second Reading debate and vote in the Westminster Parliament. If the majority of MSPs vote in favour of the bill on Wednesday, it will then precede to the commitee-stage for the consideration of amendments.

If you live in Scotland, please write to Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) and urge them to oppose the bill on Wednesday. For information about how to contact MSPs, visit this page on the SPUC Scotland website: http://spucscotland.org/Lobbying.html Please send copies of any replies you receive from MSPs to SPUC Scotland, by email to info@spucscotland.org or by post to 75 Bothwell Street, Glasgow G2 6TS.

Pro-life arguments against same-sex marriage can be found:
Summary of arguments against same-sex marriage

SPUC in Scotland and across the UK has a particular interest in moves that dilute or weaken the meaning and social status of traditional marriage, not least because it is demonstrable that an unborn child has a far higher risk of being aborted when in the womb of an unmarried mother than a married one. To move ahead in the face of this fact would be to worsen a situation in regard to abortion which both those for and those against legal abortion admit is already very grave.
Traditionally, the State’s whole interest in regulating marriage by promoting permanence and exclusivity has referred to the need to protect the well-being of children. A marriage is not a ‘mere’ deep friendship (which the State does not regulate, and which need not be permanent or exclusive) but is something more. It does not merely concern the sexual choices or emotions of adults, but concerns children and society. Marriage as an institution exists to protect the identity of children and their right to know and be nurtured by both their mother and their father. There is no direct relationship between any same sex union and a child – any more than between a non-sexual union (for example, a union of friends or siblings) and a child. Necessarily, one or both parents will come from outside the union.

Marriage is a pre-political union of a man and a woman (the sexes having a natural complementarity) who make a permanent and exclusive commitment to one another of a type that is inherently fulfilled by the bearing and rearing of children together. This is the fundamental point of the institution, even though many couples do not have children. Marriage is valuable in itself, and monogamy and fidelity are essential to it in terms of providing the appropriate structure for the upbringing of children. Research confirms that children do better, on almost every indicator, when brought up by married biological parents.

The traditional family is the first and vital cell of society, the basic source of human society, and through it is formed our conception of the common good and the relational nature of the human person. Indeed the family is more fundamentally human than civil society, such that one of the duties of any civil society is to support the family and thereby its own stability.

Same sex marriage is damaging to society, as it necessarily promotes the false view that the complementary sexual difference of men and women with its natural link to procreation is irrelevant to the idea of marriage.  Societies throughout history have recognised the importance of traditional marriage and understood it as a unique bond between man and woman.

Moreover, not legalising same sex marriage is in no way opposed to principles of equality or human rights. To recognise the unique nature of marriage and treat it accordingly does no injustice to anyone, whereas redefining marriage by fiat would radically alter the nature and meaning of a fundamental institution – an institution which, by any measure, has been proven to provide the best environment for the rearing of children.  It is no more unjust to deny the title of marriage to same sex unions than to deny it to multi-partner or incestuous unions:  anyone interested in traditional marriage is free to approach it, but traditional marriage with its own specific function cannot be redefined on demand from those who, in effect, want something very different. Justice requires that different things be treated differently:  that the proper character of institutions be recognised.

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