religious conservatives came out swinging. They were so eager to bolster their numbers that they welcomed conservative Muslims into the fold. So now the hijab is a good thing?This story in the Globe and Mail elaborates:
Christians and Muslims in Ontario are united in their objections to the province’s new sex education curriculum.I'm sure there's a big reaction in the Muslim community, considering how tolerant Islamic fundamentalists are towards homosexuals. Islamic clerics in the Middle East engage in theological debates about the best way to punish gays: throwing them off tall buildings, flogging or torturing them. Do Christian groups in Ontario really want to make common cause with Somali Parents for Education on this issue, considering that homosexuality is illegal in Somalia and punishable by up to three years in prison, and is in fact subject to the death penalty in areas of the country governed by Sharia law? Since when do we look to Somalia - Somalia! - for advice on how to educate children in Ontario?
Mentions of homosexuality as early as Grade 3 have raised objections from diverse groups and the participants in a school boycott on May 10 – aimed at putting pressure on Premier Dalton McGuinty to pull the new curriculum – will likely represent a cultural cross-section of the city.
“There’s a big reaction in Muslim community,” said Suad Aimad, president of Somali Parents for Education. “We believe basically that sex education may be taught by the parents to their children. It’s not public, it’s a private matter and that’s why I don’t think [sex] should be part of education, especially at such a young age.”
Aside from that, Moore points out that in some cases, critics are out of touch with the reality of life for teens in Ontario schools:
Many were astonished that the Premier seemed to know so little about the new sex ed package. But policy generally does not originate with the leader, nor even with his cabinet. The regime was formulated over a period of years by bureaucrats consulting with thousands of sex and learning experts, kids, teachers, parents and religious leaders. That's right, there was a nun involved in producing what would be decried as a devious attack on faith.
The regime mentions gays and lesbians because they can legally marry in Canada and because your kids go to school with a child who has two mommies. It discusses masturbation because your kid might masturbate and then cry himself to sleep because he thinks it's going to make him sick. It warns against the perils of oral and anal sex because around the age of 12 some smooth operator is going to tell your daughter she can swing with the cool crowd and stay a virgin if she yields on either one. Or maybe the smooth talker is your son.
The new program was developed for a modern world where kids now spend more time on the Internet and exchanging text messages than they do talking to people face to face. Conservatives are fooling themselves if they think their kids aren't Twittering and Googling words like "anal", "oral" and "masturbation." Try it yourself and see what comes up. Then get your computer scrubbed.
When parents truly realize what their kids are up to these days, they may find themselves wishing for the simplicity of an educator who doesn't blush at the word "vagina" working from a professionally developed pedagogy in an old-fashioned class room.