The prince married a man, and lived happily ever after

Religious groups attack circulation of books raising gay issues among primary school pupils
pilot scheme introducing books dealing with gay issues to children from the ages of four to 11 has just been launched in England’s schools.

“And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded. But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. ”
Luke 17:26-30

It is being argued that the books, one of which is a fairytale featuring a prince who turns down three princesses before falling in love and marrying a man, are necessary to make homosexuality seem normal to children. Fourteen schools and one local authority, backed by teaching unions and a government-funded organisation, are running the controversial scheme, which has been attacked by Christian groups.
Twenty years ago the publication of Jenny Lives With Eric And Martin for use in schools led to an angry public debate. In response the government passed Section 28, an amendment to the Local Government Act 1988, that prevented local authorities and, by extension, schools from ‘promoting homosexuality’ or its acceptability as a ‘pretended family relationship’. The amendment was repealed in 2003 and this is the first large-scale attempt to put similar books back into the curriculum. Other books on the list of recommended texts for the schools, which have not been named, include a story about a spacegirl with two mothers and a baby penguin with two fathers. If successful, the scheme will be extended nationwide.
‘The most important thing these books do is reflect reality for young children,’ said Elizabeth Atkinson, director of the No Outsiders project that is being run by Sunderland and Exeter universities and the Institute of Education (IoE) in London. ‘My background is in children’s literature and I know how powerful it is in shaping social values and emotional development. What books do not say is as important as what they do.’ Atkinson argued that leaving images of gay relationships out of children’s books was ‘silencing a social message’, and could end up with children being bullied later in their school lives if they were gay or were perceived as gay. Atkinson and co-director Renee DePalma have received nearly 600,000 in funding from the Economic and Social Research Council and backing from the National Union of Teachers and General Teaching Council.

Waterstone’s last week alerted its chain of shops to the titles that include King & King, Asha’s Mums and Spacegirl Pukes and says it will start stocking them if the pilot is successful.

‘Lots of fairy tales are about princes and princesses – why not two princes?’ said Mark Jennett, who is training staff involved in the pilot from 14 schools and one local authority. ‘King & King is nothing to do with sex, it is about falling in love. Cinderella is not about sex – the problem comes not from kids but the nervousness of adults.’ Jennett who wrote Stand Up For Us, a government document on homophobia, said the work was ‘cutting edge’ and teachers were now more likely to challenge children if they used the word ‘gay’ in a negative way.

Critics say that the launch of the scheme shows that there is still a need for Section 28 type legislation. ‘The predictions of those who said the repeal of Section 28 would result in the active promotion of homosexuality in schools are coming true,’ said Simon Calvert, spokesman for the Christian Institute. ‘Let’s arrange a series of meetings around the country where parents of primary school children can look at these books. The majority would be aghast.’

Tahir Alam, education spokesman for the Muslim Council of Britain, agreed: ‘This is not consistent with Islamic teachings and from our point of view many parents would be concerned.’

Other parents felt that children aged four and five were too young for the books. ‘I don’t know of many younger primary school children who would really understand what homosexuality is,’ said Andy Hibberd, co-founder of the support group, the Parent Organisation, who has sons aged seven and nine. ‘I don’t have a problem with what happens between consenting adults, but I don’t believe it needs to be forced on young children.’

‘And they lived happily ever after …’

King & King

A queen wants her son to get married and become king. She arranges for a string of princesses to meet her son but he does not fall in love with any of them.

In the end it is one of the princesses’ brothers who catches his eye. The princes get married and become two kings.

Spacegirl Pukes

A little girl who is about to set off on a space mission falls ill. Her two parents, mummy Loula and mummy Neenee take her home to look after her but then they fall ill too. When she recovers, the spacegirl puts back on her suit and goes on an adventure to space.

And Tango Makes Three

Two male penguins, Roy and Silo, live in a New York zoo but feel left out when all their friends pair up. They spend all their time together until the zoo-keeper realises they must be in love. The zoo-keeper gives the couple an egg and Tango is born, the first penguin in the zoo with two daddies.

  1. aneriz, 12 March, 2007

    It is consistent for the enemy to try to steal innocence and pervert purity, because these things are precious to God. Let us stand firm and keep leading the children into the light that is Jesuschrist.

  2. Bonnie Frimet, 06 May, 2008

    We are sometimes we are afraid offending someone. But you Jesus was and is not concerned with that,and we should not be either. Our Heavenly Father and the Name of Jesus Christ Love us, he does love everything we do, so he corrects us! It shows he loves us. Like any great Father would be to his children. But we just cannot do what we what, when ever we what, and now have consequences, we have to give our self to God,thru Jesus Christ, he said in John 14: 6 Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. On the subject of homosexuality, God does not approve of it at all!! Only God has the right to judge, not people but God only. Look everyone and I do mean everyone. Don’t that anyone know more than God, it’s not going to happen.
    Romans 1:22, 24, 25 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools
    verse 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
    if you reject God and all his teaches he will reject YOU. and also verse 25
    Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, Who is blessed for ever. Amen.
    Listen people that are saying being gay is OK with God and that homosexuality is a sin, they are trying to change the truth of God’s Word in to Lie.
    In Leviticus 20:13 verse 13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
    You probably noticed in verse 13 in Leviticus that God judgement for gay people is that they are put to death, Well if a true man or woman of God was in charge of this country USA, you can bet that this law would be followed today. For the lawmakers and other people that support gay rights, they probably think this verse in Leviticus is a hate crime. Well I have shocking some news for them. By calling God’s Holy Word a hate crime they are walking on very very thin ice. Someday they will see our Lord and savior Jesus Christ face to face and chances are they are not going to be very happy on that day. Our God is going to what to know why they were calling his Holy Word a hate crime. Now think about a for a minute; what do you think they are coming to say on that very day? What are they going to say, oh sorry God I know how to treat and help your children much better than you!! If you are a Christian and you think this verse is a hate crime, you better really wise up fast. If you think you know more than God, you have become a fool.

    Leviticus 20:13

    13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

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