Sexual abstinence 'increases risk of pregnancy'
According to the enlightened Ofsted inspectorate, schools that ‘preach’ abstinence (and note the derogatory sense in which this verb is deployed) are ‘putting pupils at greater risk of unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases’. They further assert that abstinence-only programmes do not improve sexual health, and express concern with the sex education programmes of faith schools and privately-funded academies.
Unsurprisingly, they laud the success of present teaching about sex education, and praises nurses who hand out ‘emergency hormonal contraception’ (the morning-after pill), and other contraceptives, for the part they play in combating unwanted pregnancies among teenagers.
But the facts are these:
The UK has the highest teenage birth rates in Western Europe - twice as high as in Germany, three times as high as in France and six times as high as in the Netherlands. Schools and parents are manifestly failing in this area, and the system is in need of urgent reform.
Various ‘cures’ have been proposed, including lessons encouraging schoolchildren to experiment with oral sex because ‘pupils under 16 who were taught to consider other forms of “intimacy” such as oral sex were significantly less likely to engage in full intercourse’. Or how about the introduction of gay fairy tales for infants? If you ‘normalise’ homosexuality, even Ofsted might understand that such partnerships somewhat diminish the possibility of pregnancy. And then there’s the encouragement of ‘role play’ and masturbation, which some church schools (erroneously) term Onanism. These are all ‘sex education’ strategies being deployed in the nation’s schools, and the victims are the hearts and minds of our most vulnerable.
The Government is even considering national tests and making discussion of sex ‘compulsory for children of 11 and over’. This is abhorrent socialist educational dogma. Cranmer wonders how such knowledge will be assessed. Will students be penalised (or ridiculed) for being a virgin? Will the tests equate homosexuality with heterosexuality? Will there be coursework, or a practical?
Cranmer simply wants to know why sex education has been divorced from talk of marriage and love. He wants to know what is wrong with promoting sexual abstinence and traditional family values. And he wants to know why the spiritual side of the sexual act, so eloquently communicated in Scripture, and pervasive throughout the New Testament, is not talked of at all.