|Antonia Tully of Safe at School|
Rt Hon Michael Gove MP
Department for Education
20 Great Smith Street
London SW1P 3BT 13 March 2014
Dear Mr Gove,
Stonewall dvd “Free”
SPUC Safe at School, a campaigning group which upholds the rights of parents to be the primary educators of their children on sexual matters, has raised concerns about the new Stonewall dvd aimed at primary schools and which press reports suggest will be sent to every primary school.
It is disturbing that Stonewall has produced a highly professional film, carefully pitched at primary-age children, ostensibly about bullying and discrimination, but which carry secondary messages about gender identity and family structures.
I urge you to ensure that all primary schools screen this film to parents before showing it to any children. There should also be full disclosure to parents that the dvd has been produced by a homosexual rights group.
The plot lines in the dvd focus on a four-parent family, the difficulties faced by a girl who'd prefer to act as a boy and those of a boy who prefers drama to football and a boy whose older brother is gay. These four scenarios are designed to subtly prompt young children to think about issues which would not come naturally to them. For children, a little girl who likes to be an Indian chief is simply that. To load this with sly messages about what it means to be female is at best a distraction for children and at worst frustrates normal child development.
Parents are entitled to protect their children from this film, as this should only be screened in non-compulsory PSHE. Parents may consider that the messages in this film run counter to the values they wish to teach their children and/or they may not want these issues intruding into their children's lives.
Bullying in schools is a serious issue, but why is it being left to a homosexual rights group to speak out on this and resource schools? “Free” is not giving a balanced presentation of bullying. Children are bullied for a whole range of reasons. Stonewall appears to be hi-jacking legitimate concerns about bullying in schools to promote their agenda.
The interest of the homosexual lobby in schools is not exclusive to this country. So-called anti-bullying legislation is being used to impose a homosexual agenda in parts of Canada and the USA. The July 2012 Ontario Accepting Schools Act was ostensibly about eradicating bullying but is in reality a vehicle for promoting homosexuality in schools. The law requires, among other things, that all schools, including faith schools, must permit homosexual clubs for pupils.
Last month the 2010 anti-bullying law in Massachusetts, was amended to focus specifically on homosexual issues rather than issues related to the general population of students.
Anti-bullying legislation has not been introduced in this country, but there seems to be a consistent tactic to use bullying as a smokescreen to divert attention from the wider homosexual agenda infiltrating schools.
One again, I urge you to ensure that all primary schools give full disclosure parents about this film.
SPUC Safe at School