Posted by: becketfund | April 21, 2009

Germany: Parents Object to ‘Sex Education’ on Religious Grounds

STRASBOURG – Alliance Defense Fund attorneys are representing two German parents, Eduard and Elisabeth Elscheidt, in an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights filed April 21 over their objection to sexual education in school, the Alliance Defense Fund reported on April 21.  The two parents were convicted under German law when they chose to educate their child at home on the subject of sexuality rather than allow her to participate in a four-day “sexual education” course and related stage production at her school, both of which taught views of sexuality in conflict with the family’s Christian faith. The parents believe that the play and lessons were not only opposed to their faith, but also obliterated their rights under Protocol 1, Article 2 of the European Convention of Human Rights. The Elscheidts argued to a German court that no scientific proof existed that the programs prevented child abuse (the play’s stated purpose) but, to the contrary, taught the children to become sexually active by ultimately teaching the principle that if something feels good sexually, then it is acceptable to do it.  The court nonetheless convicted and fined the Elscheidts in June 2008.

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