Tory MP faces complaint over ‘Gay lesson’ blog comments

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A Tory MP has had to rewrite a blog entry after writing that plans to teach children about homosexuality would impose “questionable sexual standards”.

The Conservative Minister Richard Drax described plans -that are state-funded – to teach children about same-sex relationships through maths, geography and science as “ludicrous”.

He removed the post later today after a complaint was filed, saying it had not “intended to be homophobic”.

The Labour party described the MP’s views as “astonishing”.

The MP who represents South Dorset, said he wrote the original entry in response to an article that appeared in the Sunday Telegraph, which told the reader the lesson plans had been designed as part of LGBT history Month – a scheme created to encourage teaching about LGBT issues.

The scheme, due to take place next month and funded by the Training and Development Agency for Schools, can be used under the discretion of the schools management.

The lesson plans that have been written by teachers, will be available to download from the website of Schools Out – the body running the scheme.

Mr Drax, in response, wrote: “Yes, if you can believe it, homosexuality will be on the curriculum for students studying maths, geography and science.”

“This plan is ludicrous and pushes political correctness to new bounds,” he added.

“I would have thought raising educational standards and teaching our children to read, write and add up is far more important than imposing questionable sexual standards on those too young to understand their equality czars.”

Mr Drax, however, later removed the entry and replaced it with a new message.

“Following a call from a member of the public about a recent blog, I have decided to re-write my comments to ensure there is no misunderstanding,” he wrote.

“My point was not intended to be homophobic but sprang more from a concern that young children should not be taught a subject they simply would not understand.”

Mr Drax suggested that he meant that a focus should be on improving the teaching of maths, geography and science given the UK standards are in a “lamentable state” in the subject compared to other countries.

The report in The Sunday Telegraph suggested the lessons could use gay characters to explain maths problems, study the transformation of the “gay neighbourhood” in San Francisco and encourage the design of symbols linked to the gay rights movement.

Mr Drax is not the first MP to criticise the plans – fellow Conservative Craig Whittaker recently called the idea “nonsense”.

Schools Out said the purpose of the initiative is not about “tub-thumping” but is to “remind teachers” that there are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transexual people within the population and this will help children to gain understanding.

In response to Mr Drax’s comments, co-chair Sue Sanders said:”Schools lie by omission when they do not include the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual people.

“Anyone who finds our work problematic needs to realise they are giving comfort to homophobics. Homophobia kills and is expensive.”

James Asser, co-chair of LGBT Labour said ”It is astonishing in this day and age that a Tory MP is complaining about giving our children a realistic vision of Britain today,”

Do you agree with Mr Drax? Should we teach our children about homosexuality?

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