Here we go again. Will we never wake up and learn? The past few days have seen the Jamaican public being made aware of yet another controversial, age-inappropriate sex-education programme aimed at reshaping and subverting the minds of our children. This time, it comes in the form of a sex-education course sneakily introduced by Jamaicans for Justice under the former leadership of Dr Carolyn Gomes, into six children's homes, without the knowledge of the Child Development Agency. The programme is said to contain material that promotes the acceptance of anal penetration and homosexuality and other age-inappropriate and illegal content.
This attempt to indoctrinate our children comes as no surprise to those of us who are familiar with, and who have worked on, the revision of the now infamous Sex and Sexuality Module of the Health and Family Life Education Curriculum aimed at grades seven to nine. The material contained in that module of the curriculum very similarly sought to: i) normalise anal penetration and homosexuality, ii) to present as normal and natural the idea that gender is not tied to biology, and iii) to promote abortion as a right that children have (under the now well-known euphemism of sexual and reproductive health). It also subtly sought to remove parental responsibility and to encourage the children to know their sexual 'rights'.
Fortunately, we still have laws - laws against buggery, laws against sex with minors, laws against abortion, and a Child Care Protection Act. It is because of these laws (which some have called for the repeal of because they say they are outdated) why the minister of education and now the minister of youth and culture have been able to recall, revise and prevent material dangerous to young minds from continuing to be used, and have been able to hold accountable those who have facilitated the placing of it in our schools and children's homes.
Without these laws as boundaries, the Government, parents and the public would not have the legal grounds on which to denounce these behaviours being taught to children because these actions would be legal. All sexual behaviours would be equal before the law and, therefore, allowable in our schools, giving parents no recourse to the law. Contrary to what some persons seem to think, these laws are not just cosmetic and about personal choices and privacy. They are vital to the protection of our children.
Make no mistake, there is a new imperialism at work, and the strategy is to begin with the moulding of our children's pliable minds. These neo-colonialist lobbies are well funded and very aware that due to our precarious financial state, Jamaica is for sale. It began at the University of the West Indies; now our most vulnerable children have been targeted - those without the protection of parents and who have already been wounded by abandonment and other trauma. Who is there to protect them? It seems that we cannot leave it to our agencies alone.
We need to fight for the retention of the above-mentioned laws as we understand that our laws, however old, are there to protect us and our children from situations just like these.