Canada: Catholic School Sex-Education Plan Allows For Marital Rape

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley rejects a dangerous Catholic sex-education curriculum that questions the importance of “sexual consent” in marriage.

Catholic schools in Alberta, Canada, are under intense scrutiny after releasing a sex-education plan that is soft on sexual consent in marriage and denigrates the LGBT community.

The Canadian Press reports on the alternative sex education curriculum being promoted by Catholic schools:

Catholic school superintendents are crafting an alternative sex education curriculum that they want the province to approve for their schools.

They say the government’s teaching plan clashes with faith-based instruction by including, among other topics, homosexual relationships and gender identity different from one’s biological sex.

In documents filed with the province, the superintendents also take issue with sexual consent by a partner in marriage. They say it is only one of many factors to be considered along with morality, family and wellness.

However, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the alternative sex education curriculum being promoted by Catholic school officials is unacceptable. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Notley said the health and well-being of students comes before any perverse notions of religious freedom:

Nowhere do the rights of religious freedom extend to that person’s right to somehow attack or hurt others — and that’s what’s happening here. We will not use public dollars to have sexual health programs that deny science, that deny evidence, and that deny human rights.

Notley goes on to stress that consent is the law, without exception:

Consent is the law in Alberta and under no circumstances will any child in Alberta be taught that they have to somehow accept illegal behaviour in a sexual relationship. The end.

Notley added that  her government respects the role of parental choice in education, but simply cannot tolerate teaching children that marital rape is ever acceptable:

Parents have the right — and they have had the right for a very, very long time — to pull their kids from curriculum and education around sexual health. And they will continue to have that right.

But under no circumstances will we enforce or condone a sexual health curriculum that normalizes an absence of consent, refuses to talk about contraception and other things that protect the health of sexually active young people, or in any way marginalizes sexual minorities. That’s not on.

Speaking in Calgary earlier this week, Education Minister David Eggen agreed with Notley’s assessment, declaring:

There’s no (room for) negotiation for that, I can tell you. Teaching consent is a basic health and safety issue for students in regards to sexuality, and it needs to be strengthened if anything.

As for the alternative sex-education curriculum currently being designed by Catholic school officials, Notley said:

They can continue to work on (the proposal) all they want, but we ultimately approve the curriculum that goes into schools — and this kind of curriculum will not happen.

Bottom line: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is doing the right thing by rejecting a dangerous and immoral sex-education curriculum crafted by Catholic school officials.

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Alberta Premier Rachel Notley Rejects Catholic School Sex-Education Plan That Allows For Marital

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  1. That is not only shocking and dangerous but also unexpected of the catholic school board. What in the world are they thinking? Faith never teaches to use for even in marital and consensual sex, may that be Christianity or Islam.

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