Proponents of the LGBT agenda are up in arms over bills being considered in Poland that would place restrictions on “sex education” for minors, as well as on abortion.
One of these, known as the “Stop Pedophilia” bill, is backed by the Polish government’s Law and Justice majority party and was initiated after gaining 100,000 signatures from Polish citizens — passing the threshold for parliamentary consideration.
With strong support from the country’s Catholic church, the bill would stop the teaching of sex education in schools by criminalizing “anyone who promotes or approves the undertaking by a minor of sexual intercourse or other sexual activity.”
“Human rights” groups such as Human Rights Watch have condemned the legislation, arguing that it would not only hinder young people’s access to reproductive health information, but enable the persecution of the LGBTQ community, presumably because the promotion of LGBTQ identity among children is inherently promoting minors to partake in (same-sex) sexual activity.
Writes Human Rights Watch:
People and organizations providing sexuality education or information on sexual and reproductive health and rights, including teachers, outreach workers, authors, and health care personnel, fear the bill could land them in prison for up to three years for doing their jobs.
The organization goes on to criticize the “Preparation for Family Life” curriculum promoted by Poland’s conservative majority, arguing that it “spreads misinformation that can have negative long-term health impacts, perpetuates harmful stereotypes about gender roles and sexuality, and promotes an anti-rights and anti-LGBT agenda.”
“Work led by sex educators is crucial in a country where official policy means children rarely learn about their own bodies or intimate relationships,” Human Rights Watch further writes, claiming that the “Preparation for Family Life” curriculum “strays far from international standards on comprehensive sexuality education.”
What are those “international standards” on sex education? Human Rights Watch cites the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) manual International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education: an Evidence-informed Approach.
According to the manual, Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE) “goes beyond education about reproduction, risks and disease” and must include “discussions about social and cultural factors relating to broader aspects of relationships and vulnerability, such as gender and power inequalities, socio-economic factors, race, HIV status, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.”
CSE must be “based on gender equality,” the UNESCO booklet reads. “The integration of a gender perspective throughout CSE curricula is integral to the effectiveness of CSE programmes.”
UNESCO also calls sexuality a “social construct.” But the most perturbing part of its Comprehensive Sexual Education is its encouraging of children to engage in sexual activities.
CSE addresses safer sex, preparing young people — after careful decision-making — for intimate relationships that may include sexual intercourse or other sexual activity. Numerous studies have shown that learners, regardless of sex, want to know more about relationships and feelings (Pound et al., 2016; UNESCO, 2015a) and how to conduct healthy interpersonal relationships, based on respect and communication, which may or may not involve sexual intimacy. Therefore, CSE focuses on encouraging young people to think about ways to express their sexual feelings that are in line with their values.
Furthermore, the UN agency decries societal limits on whom may engage in sexual activity with whom, omitting any language that would at least limit sexual relationship to consenting adults.
CSE promotes the right to choose when and with whom a person will have any form of intimate or sexual relationship; the responsibility of these choices; and respecting the choices of others in this regard.… CSE recognizes that abstinence is not a permanent condition in the lives of many young people, and that there is diversity in the way young people manage their sexual expression at various ages.
If, as UNESCO puts it, people should be free to engage in sexual relations “in any form,” does that extend to sexual relationships between adults and minors? UNESCO doesn’t explicitly approve of pedophilia, but the organization doesn’t explicitly condemn it, either.
Moreover, the manual states that CSE should provide skills to “help children and young people form respectful and healthy relationships with family members, peers, friends and romantic or sexual partners.”
Of course, UNESCO abhors teaching children to refrain from sexual activity until they reach adulthood, arguing that “Abstinence-only programmes have been found to be ineffective and potentially harmful to young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights.”
If this is what’s being taught in “sex education” classes throughout the world, it’s no wonder Poland’s increasingly politically active Christian population wants to criminalize the curriculum.
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