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Testing the premise: Are children being taught “gay sex” in schools?


AGFC intelligence has gathered  information on a new argument that certain major anti-gay activists in Jamaica are using to justify keeping the buggery law.

Do you remember our previous blog post about the All Angles programme on TVJ where Wayne West and Rev. Chisholm declared that if the buggery law is repealed then children in school will be taught about buggery?(View here if you didn’t: http://antigayfactcheck.org/2012/07/12/the-anti-gay-lies-of-wayne-west-on-all-angles/)

Though at the time we didn’t know their reasoning behind that claim we now know it.

Well here is how the story goes(Though it may seem ridiculous we assure you we are not making this up):

The argument

In the United Kingdom, there is a charity called the Terrence Higgins Trust  that campaigns on various issues related to AIDS and HIV. In particular, the charity aims to reduce the spread of HIV and promote good sexual health (including safe sex); to provide services on a national and local level to people with, affected by, or at risk of contracting HIV; and to campaign for greater public understanding of the impact of HIV and AIDS.

The Terrence Higgins Trust has a website called “Hardcell” (see here: http://www.hardcell.org.uk/playroom.htm) which was created to give information to MSMs about safer sex and the risks of certain practices that certain MSMs practice. Some of the things listed on the website are fisting, felching, scat, barebacking, body modifications and piercing, rimming, sex toys, saline, watersports, bondage and “tit torture”.

The Terrence Higgins Trust was granted £203,528 of government funding in 2011 to run a sex education programme in schools and youth clubs in England. The  funding  was  from the Department of Education and was to  benefit young people in London, Colchester, Bristol, Birmingham and Leeds. (http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2011/05/24/terrence-higgins-trust-receives-200000-government-grant/)

According to the anti-gay activists the Terrence Higgins Trust’s sex education campaign involved teaching children activities which are on their Hardcell website for gay men. Activities such as scat, felching, fisting and farming were taught to school children as young as 14 ears old.

Certain anti-gay activists in Jamaica claim that children in Britain are taught “scat” and “farming’ as gay sex from the Terrence Higgins Trust’s sex education programme. How much truth is there to this?

The Hardcell website defines”scat” and “farming” as:”

“Scat involves playing with shit, smearing it on your or his body, and sometimes eating it. It can also mean just getting off on seeing another guy dump his load.

‘Farming’ is taking shit from public toilets to play with.

Catherine Murphy, Head of Public Affairs at Terrence Higgins Trust, said regarding an Anglican blogger who claimed that the legalisation of same-sex marriage would lead to children being taught “eating human faeces” in school :
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As exercises in wilful ignorance go, Dr Nolland’s letter will take a bit of beating. Not only does she entirely miss the point of sex and relationships education, that is to educate and support young people to develop healthy relationships in adulthood and to value themselves and their sexuality, she also deliberately seeks to conflate the issue of equal marriage with the sexual mores of a tiny minority of gay men. This is, for want of a better word, bizarre.
“The Bottom Line is a resource that is produced for adult gay men. It is not something that we have ever or will ever use in schools, irrespective of the legal status of equal marriage. Dr Nolland’s proclamations are quite simply scaremongering of the silliest kind.
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It is clear that these activities are not meant to be taught to school children and there is no evidence of this.
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Also in the other PinkNews article posted above it said:
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“Terrence Higgins Trust’s chief executive, Sir Nick Partridge, said: “Poor sexual health and unplanned pregnancies are real barriers to young people properly being able to engage in education,…”
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What would scat, farming, fisting and felching have to do with unplanned pregnancies? Why would the Terrence Higgins Trust tell little girls about the activities of a “tiny minority of gay men” to help with unplanned pregnancy? What proof do these anti-gay advocates have of them teaching children about scat, farming e.t.c. as part of the sex education programme?

None.
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The Hardcell website clearly indicates that many of these activities come with risks of disease and they clearly indicate this with each activity. It is clearly not a website for children. In the section on “Scat” it says”:
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“While piss is usually sterile, shit contains bacteria and other organisms including viruses and fungi. Someone’s shit can carry bugs like E. coli, salmonella, hepatitis A, sexually transmitted infections (such as gonorrhoea) or gut infections or parasites. These might not cause symptoms for the carrier but some can cause severe illness when another person picks them up, especially if they have a weakened immune system.
Shit might sometimes also have blood on or in it as the arse might be bleeding, there could be bloody haemorrhoids and so on. So if it’s eaten or comes into contact with cut skin, there could be a risk that HIV or hepatitis C is passed on. Blood on shit should be checked out by a doctor as it can be a symptom of a serious condition.”
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The website also makes it clear that these activities are done by a tiny minority of gay men. It says:
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A 1993 survey of gay men in the UK found 1.5% of men said they’d done scat in the previous year, with 3% saying they’d tried it at least once in the past.
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According to these anti-gay activists such as “scat” and “farming” are considered “homoerotic activity” despite the fact that over 97% of gay men do not engage in these practices which many gay men probably don’t even know about. They also claim that the Jamaican couple, Eunice and Owen John who were denied foster children because they vowed to “turn” a gay child, were denied because they did not support “scat” and “farming”.
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Even Chick-fil-A in the United States according to them is being boycotted because they don’t support “scat” and “farming”. (View one the activist’s blogs about it here: http://testifyingtotruth.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/dont-support-anal-penetrationfistingfelchingscatwatersports-farming-etc-dont-open-business-here/)
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As we all know after the anti-gay Christian organisations actively boycotted Starbucks, Oreo, General Mills, and even J.C. Penny for their support of same-sex marriage and gay families the LGBT movement decided to do the same with Chick-fil-A SOLELY because of their opposition to the marriage of two people of the same-sex. It had nothing to do with the activities of a tiny minority of gay men. Of course, truth isn’t paramount for the anti-gay lobbyists.
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This is clearly a scare tactic to push forward the current notion that the removal/reform of the buggery law will lead to children being taught gay sex in school. There is no evidence of this from the above. Lesbian sex is legal and there is no evidence of lesbian sex being taught in Jamaica. Heterosexual activities such as orgies, bukkake, oral sex and double penetration do not need to be criminalised to keep them out of school so we are having a hard time understanding the argument.
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We urge members of the LGBT to take note of this recent argument and learn how to counter it.
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