Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Welby tells Church schools to teach respect for gay and lesbian relationships
Church of England admits belief that homosexuality is ‘wrong’ has fuelled bullying and abuse as it tells schools to become like a “Bedouin tent” where all are ‘honoured’
The Most Rev Justin Welby has said that the Church still had a “long way to go” as he spoke of the scars suffered by campaigners in favour of women’s ordination

By John Bingham, Religious Affairs Editor
May 12, 2014

Children at Church of England schools must be taught to “revere” and “honour” gay and lesbian people despite its centuries-old teaching that homosexual acts are a sin, new rules published by the Archbishop of Canterbury insist.

Guidelines intended to combat homophobic bullying, make clear that words such as gay must not be used in a “derogatory” or “negative” way in Anglican schools.

The Most Rev Justin Welby, insisted that the Church’s official stance - that sex between people of the same gender is sinful - had been clear “for centuries” and had not changed.

But he said that even if the Church taught that it is “wrong”, that did not justify bullying or discrimination.

The document, sent to all CofE schools, says primary school pupils should be taught about same-sex relationships as a basic “fact of people’s lives”.

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