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National AIDS Trust: Making sex education optional hampers the fight against HIV

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  1. Midnighter 29 Jan, 6:08pm

    Article 3 of UN Rights of the Child states “The best interests of children must be the primary concern in making decisions that may affect them”.

    I fail to see how the interests of children are served by allowing certain schools (i.e. religious establishments) to keep them ignorant of matters relating to their health and sexual identities while at the same time allowing religious adults to fill their heads with lies and misinformation.

    It seems clear from the recent debates in both houses that facts and reason have gone out of the window: while you’ve got a government with a large number of religious conservatives in power, and an unelected religious bias in the House of Lords, religious privilege trumps the rights of the child.

    1. de Villiers 5 Feb, 10:28am

      Midnighter, the problem is that many people have differing views on what is in the best interests of the child. There are some who believe that teaching religious education is in their best interests, others who believe that teaching nutrition, or financial acumen, or mathematics, or music, or personal wellbeing or grammar is in their best interests.

      In a democracy, the decision on what children must be taught, as opposed to what may be taught, has to be made by the national democratic institutions. Re-articulating the article 3 of the convention does not help in assessing the content of the obligation.

  2. Glasgow Oliver 29 Jan, 7:23pm

    I’m a afraid to say this, but it has little to do with a lack of education. Most men who get HIV know full-well how to avoid it. They are just reckless and nihilistic (and very often on illegal drugs), and now that better medicines available, they think they can play risky.

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