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CONCERNING CHANGES TO THE SEXUAL EDUCATION OF OUR YOUTH

Dear friends. One of the eight principles of 'The Hook of Faith' is to engage with and evangelise the culture of our day. It states: ‘The Hook of Faith’ seeks to evangelise our culture so that faith becomes culture. It seeks to help and inspire Christians to be creators and shapers of culture so that together we can ‘reach true and authentic humanity through culture by cultivating natural gifts and values’ (Second Vatican Council, Gaudium et Spes, 53).



One of the key areas of culture is education and a vital part of education is how we understand human sexuality and how adults teach the youth about the meaning of sexuality. As Christians, we believe that when it comes to sexual morality, issues can't be reduced to mere consent. The gift and power of human sexuality is part of our humanity. It is an energy we have been created with to connect with others in a loving respectful way. Therefore, the true meaning of human sexuality can only be understood in the light of what it means to be human. There is also a natural connection between the expression of human sexuality and love that commits to the service and good of the other. Here is where love deepens and opens up to the desire and possibility of a permanent commitment called marriage which leads to the possibility of family life where children grow in virtue as human beings and to become good people with good values that prepare them to serve the common good in the societies and communities they are part of.

There are growing concerns that these natural links between human sexuality, love, commitment, marriage, family and society, are being broken. There are concerns that human sexuality is being presented as an extension of the self and one's free expression but without the openness to love, commitment, new life, family and social responsibility. There are also concerns that topics like pornography will be introduced to students as a morally neutral topic which of course it isn't. There are also concerns that gender ideology is being pushed on students whose psycho-sexual development has barely begun. These issues are real ones for Catholic schools in particular. How do educational programmes on human sexuality square with the Catholic ethos of a given school? Or do they? These are important questions to be discussed at the level of management in our schools.

Below is a letter signed by over 200 concerned Christian leaders who wrote to the Ministers of Education and children in March this year outlining their concerns. It is published below in full. Worth reading


Calling on the Irish Government to rescind proposed changes to the Junior Cert curriculum This letter was written by Pastors John Ahern and Mark Loughridge to the Irish Government outlining their deep concern regarding the inclusion of pornography and trans ideology in the school curriculum and the devastating consequences they envisage.

To the Minister for Education Norma Foley, Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman: It is with great concern that we write to you regarding the current proposals to expose Junior Cert students to pornographic content as part of the RSE curriculum, and to teach transgender ideology, which is both unbiblical and unscientific, in primary and secondary schools. As church leaders we represent thousands of Bible-believing Christian parents and grandparents nationwide who find this wholly unacceptable and deeply troubling. We hold that the Bible’s teaching on marriage, sexuality and gender is what is best for individuals and societies to flourish. It grieves us deeply to see the promotion of that which will cause harm to people, especially children. As pastors, we are personally aware of the extensive damage pornography does in the lives of people. We deal with it daily. We know the danger that this material in any form presents to impressionable hearts and minds of children and teens. The fact that some young people may have already been exposed to this content is not the issue, there are many that haven’t, and don’t need to be. This proposal is nothing less than the sexualisation of children by a state body. Tragically in Ireland 1 in 4 people have been sexually abused by the age of 17. Exposure to pornography normalises violent and abusive sex and increases vulnerability amongst children and young people to requests for intimate images and videos. We are dealing with broken adults whose issues, in many cases, began with exposure to this content as children, in some instances leading to a lifetime of dysfunction and abusive behaviour. If these changes are implemented, there will be major repercussions for our society. We believe that exposing any child to pornography is dangerous. We would not expose children to alcohol or drugs in the interests of their education, so why do it with something that research has shown to be as addictive as cocaine, causing damage to the neural pathways and receptors in the brain? Regarding the pushing of transgender ideology—we note that other countries are backing off this push having been ahead of Ireland in implementing it. They have seen the wreckage in damaged young lives which it has produced and recognise that many more issues are involved than transgender ideology allows for. Ireland does not need to go down the same tragic and misguided path. As Christians and parents, we believe we have the right to teach our children a Biblical view of gender and sexuality. We believe that it is the sole responsibility and right of parents to choose what and when to teach their children on sexuality and gender, not teachers, politicians, or activists. We speak also for many teachers and principals who are deeply uncomfortable at what they are being asked to teach. They also feel themselves pressurised, even bullied, by decisions driven by activists who are interested in pursuing their own agenda rather than the welfare of children. In addition, we have been receiving reports from concerned Christian parents that their children are already being intimidated, pressurised and at times bullied because of their sincerely- held religious beliefs about sexuality and gender—ironically often due to programmes designed to prevent bullying.

We note that Article 42.1 of the Constitution, states: “The State acknowledges that the primary and natural educator of the child is the Family and guarantees to respect the inalienable right and duty of parents to provide, according to their means, for the religious and moral intellectual, physical, and social education of their children.“ The proposed changes to the curriculum completely undermine the role and responsibility of parents in safeguarding the moral and religious welfare of their children.

Article 42.4 of the Constitution states: “The State shall provide for free primary education and shall endeavour to supplement and give reasonable aid to private and corporate educational initiative, and, when the public good requires it, provide other educational facilities or institutions with due regard, however, for the rights of parents, especially in the matter of religious and moral formation”. We respectfully submit that these proposed changes are unconstitutional, as well as unbiblical and unwise, and will result in the damage of many lives. To say that parents can take their children out of specific classes is not satisfactory, nor practical. The bigger issue is that such material should not have any place in school. We are asking the Irish government to rescind these proposed changes to the Junior Cert curriculum with immediate effect and desist from undermining parental authority with this dangerous revamp of RSE. We also ask you to stop the promotion of transgenderism to impressionable children through the education system. Should these changes not be made, your legacy will be that of an exponential increase in the numbers of broken and damaged individuals we already see, with damning repercussions for Irish society. Yours sincerely,

1. Pastor John Ahern, All Nations Church, Dublin. 2. Rev. Mark Loughridge, New Life Fellowship, Letterkenny. 3. Pastor Valerian Jurjea, Bethania Church, Dublin. 4. Pastor Seán Mullarkey, St. Marks Church, Dublin. 5. Pastor Nick Park, Solid Rock Church Drogheda 6. Pastor Tunde Adeboayo-Oke, Redeemed Church of God Ireland 7. Mr Stephen Cardy, Family.ie - CEO 8. Pastor Cathy Giusti, Word of Life Impact Ministries, CAVAN 9. John Edwards, Revival Ireland, Dublin 10. Pauline Alton, City Gate Prayer, Cork 11. Rev. Solomon Aroboto, Arklow Christian Community Church, Arklow 12. Rev. Sean Curran, Living Water Church, Finglas 13. Pastor Jayaseelan Vincent, Ministry of Jesus Ireland. Ballyfermot, Dublin-10. 14. Pastor David Williamson, South City Church. Stillorgan, Dublin 15. Daniel Tabb, Sports Across Ireland 16. Bino Thomas, St Mary’s Church Rowlagh Clondalkin 17. Pastor Gareth Carr, Christian Assembly 18. Pastor Danut Bostiog, Betesda Dublin 19. Dermot Laurence Landy, Landy Ministries 20. Brian Kelly, Hope Centre 21. Pastor Johann Phillip Vizagie, Every Nation Church Belfast & Dublin 22. Pastor Emmanuel Oboyo, Divine Hope of Glory International Church 23. The Joshua Community, The Joshua Community 24. Pastor Ross Barrett, Bad Boy Turned Good 25. Pastor Rose Blackwell, Word of Victory Christian Fellowship, Killarney 26. Pastor Froilan &Luisa Juales, Light Church, Glasnevin 27. Pastor John Fasan, Gospel Faith Mission International 28. Pastor Nathan Nicholson, Abundant Life Church Tullamore 29. Jimmy and Marie Gough, Banner of Love Wicklow 30. Rev. Stefan Csadi, Calvary Christian Centre Dublin 31. Pastor Rodrick Lordwell, The Glorious Church, Dublin 32. George Campbell, Ministry Leader, Father's House Ireland, Dublin 33. Pastor Sharon Perry, Abundant Grace Christian Assembly 34. Pastor Sean &Julia O'Mahony, Athenry Gospel Centre Galway 35. Pastor Jack McKee, New Life City Church, Northumberland Street, Belfast 36. Elder Ghee Seng Teo, Cork Chinese Christian Church 37. Rev. Barry m. Cunningham, New Life Church, Bishopstown, Cork 38. Michael Breen Pastor / Elder, Calvary Church Gorey 39. Davood Mahmoodi, Iranian Gospel Church Dublin 40. Mr Zoltan Arpad Szalontai, Bethesda Romanian Pentecostal Church 41. Antonio Moldovan, River Church Limerick 42. Pastor Ciarán Buckley, D24 Church, Dublin. 43. Rev Paul S Burns BTh (Hons.) Dip Theo, Kings Christian Fellowship Church Sandy Row Belfast 44. Pastor Rick Livingstone, Radical Life Christian Church, Cork 45. Gerard Farrell, Elim Living Water Church, Finglas, Dublin 46. Joe Annett, St Joseph’s Church Ballymartin 47. Jaish K Jacob, ICPF Ireland 48. Revered Steve Imole, New Covenant Church Glasnevin, Dublin 49. Pastor Tony Broderick, River of Life Church. Athlone. 50. Pastor Shine Peter Mathew, IPC Gilgal Church, Letterkenny/Londonderry, Donegal 51. Shawn Elizabeth Canavan, Hope Baptist Church, Dublin 52. Pastor Kyle Chahanovich, Pastor, Banner of Love Church, Wicklow 53. Pastor John Lowry, Cross Hill Community Church, Carlow 54. Pastor Stephen Mathew, IGM Cavan 55. Pastor Emmanuel Might, Solid Rock Church, Inchicore Dublin 56. Rev Kevin Fitzgibbon, Abundant Life Christian Church, Limerick 57. Pastor David McGahey, New Life Family Church, Drogheda 58. Pastor Pat Murphy, Abbey Christian Fellowship Enniscorthy 59. Brian Millar, Ministry leader, Ballyfermot Community Church, Dublin 60. Pastor Oz Muwaniri, Galway Christian Fellowship 61. Patrick Roche - Ireland Watchman Ministry, All Ireland Ministry, Dublin 62. Pastor Gerry Byrne, Victory city centre 63. Pastor Catalin V Goanta, Church “Maranata” Finglas 64. Pastor Patrick O'Shea, Church of God, Dublin 65. Petru Reut, Elim Dublin 66. Joan Long, Aglow International 67. Rev. Liam & Diane Hennessy, D24 Church, Tallaght 68. Pastor Stephen Wilson, Letterkenny Baptist Church, Letterkenny 69. Rev Philip Murphy, Fairview R P Church Oram Castleblayney 70. Rev Richard Tregaskis, Ramelton and Kilmacrennan Presbyterian Churches 71. Pastor Ryan Penn, Island Church Derry City 72. Pastor Jason Cooney, Island Church Dundalk 73. PS Aidan Cassidy, New life Church Shannon, Clare 74. Andy Lamberton, Exodus 75. Pastor Thomas Stewart, Donegal Living Hope Church, Donegal Town 76. Eugen Peters, Grace Community Church Roscommon 77. Pastor Derry O'Sullivan, Blanchardstown Baptist Church 78. Rev Mark Proctor, Naas Presbyterian Church 79. Edwin Mc Nally, Associate Pastor, Cork Full Gospel Fellowship (The Upper Room), Cork. 80. Pastor Lee McCleeland, Ark Church Belfast 81. Rev David Richman Olayinka, The Powerhouse, Ballybrit, Galway 82. Pastor Gavin von Mollendorff, Cornerstone Slieve Bloom Church, Tullamore County Offaly 83. Pastor Philip Tharp, New Life Baptist Church, Drogheda 84. Segun Osinubi, RCCG Killorglin 85. Petru Reut, Elim Church 86. Danny Keating, Calvary Waterford 87. Cornel David, Mount Zion 88. Pastor Kyle Holland, Cornerstone Church, Bray 89. Banji Akinjewe, Gospel Faith Mission International Waterford 90. Dedeku Lucki, RCCG Our God Reigns Skerries Ireland 91. Pastor Jamie Corcoran, Lighthouse Church, Dublin, Navan & Dundalk. 92. Aby Varughese, Charisma Christian Fellowship, Waterford 93. Lead Elder James Thornhill-Fisher, Freedom Life Church Cork 94. Pastor Jules Kalufando, Acting faith Ministries. Unit 36, Colmine Industrial estate. Dublin 95. Pastor Jerry Okojie, Christ the Solution Ministries. Castlebar 96. Pastor Anthony Iria, God Sent Ministries. Newbrigde, Co. Kildare. 97. Minister Trinity Dube, Christ the Solution Ministries 98. Pastor Edwin Eferetin, Life Renewal Ministries International 99. Pastor Florin Mihutescu, Betel Romanian Church 100. Ps (Dr) Taiwo Matthew, Christ Faith Tabernacle Church (CFT) Ennis 101. Pastor, Faith Christian Fellowship Ministry 102. Thiago Henrique Garcia &Ester da Silva, Snowball Church, Limerick 103. Dr Adewale Kuyebi, Christ Apostolic Church (Vineyard of Comfort) Dublin Headquarters 104. Eunice Isaac, Christ Solution Ministries Castlebar Co. Mayo 105. Pastor Maxim Strimbu, Holy Trinity Church 106. Pastor Seamus Burke, Drogheda 107. Diarmuid Brosnan, Killarney Christian Group. 108. Pastor Sam Ogundare, Transfiguration Christian Centre Dublin 109. John Oliver, New Ground Ireland 110. Pastor Noel Kenny, Liberty Churches, Dublin, Wicklow & Kildare 111. John P Walsh, Listowel Christian Fellowship 112. Pastor Cathal Duffy, Castlebar Christian Fellowship (Elim Ministries Ireland) 113. Pastor Akinyele Lewis Akintewe, of Gospel faith mission int'l. Portlaoise 114. Pastor Noel Cammack, Portlaoise Life Church 115. Pastor Paul R Carley, The Bridge Church, Celbridge 116. Pastor Paul Hackett, Hilltop Ministry Monaghan 117. Rev'd Simon Donohoe, Swanlinbar Group of Churches, Co. Cavan 118. Stephen Wright, Convoy Covenanter Church, Co Donegal 119. Pastor Peter Finch, Joshua Community, Ireland 120. Pastor Catalin V Goanta, “Maranata” Church, Finglas, Dublin 121. Michael Amoo, Christ Apostolic Church (VOC) Midleton, Co Cork 122. Kate Nwana, Wailing Women Worldwide, Ireland. 123. David Legge, Breagh Home Church, Portadown 124. Linda Amina Abidoye, Wailing women Ireland and alive Church Enniscorthy 125. Pastor & Pauline Keegan, Abundant Life Family Church Dublin 126. Favour Ajah, Maranthan community church, Waterford 127. Pastor Thiruthuvaraj Sebastian, ICRM Redeemer Church, Dublin. 128. Pastor Gerard Chimbganda, Apostolic Faith Mission: Praise Tabernacle 129. Greg Nelson, The Acts Community Church 130. Pastor Funmi Aremu, Calvary Ministries Ireland 131. Pastor Paudge Mulvihill, Calvary Church Westport 132. Pastor Manny De Leon, Word International Ministries, Dublin 133. Deaconess, RCCG Seat of Mercy 134. Pt. Dolorisisimo Geroche, Word international ministries Ireland 135. Ewena Ekpenyong, Seat of Mercy, Drogheda 136. Nike Oguntoke, Wailing Women Worldwide Ireland Chapter 137. Pastor Warren Dunlop, The Remnant Church, Bangor 138. Mark Webb, Grace Baptist Church, Killarney 139. Ms Linda Okoh, Zion Family Christian Church. Roscommon 140. James McMaster, Calvary Church Westport 141. Pastor Gene McKinley, Good News Baptist Church 142. Tony Coffey, Ranelagh Christian Church, Dublin. 143. Seán Ó Cluaid, Athlone Christian Fellowship Church 144. Colin Burnett, Newcastle West Bible Fellowship 145. Gregor Rekowski, Newcastle West Bible Fellowship 146. Brian Duffield, Newbridge Bible Fellowship Church 147. Pastor Leo Mullen, Network211 Ireland 148. Leader Pamela McGuire, The Acts Community Church Monaghan 149. James & Janice Dobbie, Christian Fellowship Church, Athlone 150. Pastor Daniel Nickel, Limerick Bible Fellowship 151. Pastor John Vogan, Free Grace Evangelical Church, Mullingar 152. Pastor Emmanuel Chris-Enoch, Newlife International Outreach Ministry Tallaght 153. Kevin McGuire Leader, The Acts Community Church Monaghan 154. Clovis Motiene, God Sent Ministries, Naas 155. Pastor Tim Quinlan, Ballinasloe Christian Fellowship 156. Pastor Joel Marcus, Belturbet Baptist Church 157. Pastor Garrett O’Regan, Limerick New Testament church 158. Rev. Jim Schmitt, World Outreach Christian Centre, Limerick 159. Pastor Anthony Agogo Joseph, Hope and Glory Christian Ministries 160. Pastor Samuel Kenneth, Yahweh Missions Centre, Dublin 161. Marcelo Grijio, SnowBall church 162. Peter Byrne, Pastor of Selah Church Dublin 163. Daniel J Pero, Calvary Bible Baptist Church 164. Godson Onyebuchi, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Limerick 165. Pastor Danny Keating, Calvary Waterford 166. Rev David Martin, Irish Church Missions 167. Matthew Brennan, Clonmel Baptist Church 168. Trevor Brimage, Acts Community Church, Monaghan 169. Seth Lewis, Carrigtwohill Baptist Group 170. Lorraine Brimage, The Acts Community church 171. Trevor Brimage, The Acts Community church 172. Rev Jonny McCollum, Milford Reformed Presbyterian Church, Donegal 173. Pastor Donald Gabriel, East Coast Evangelical Church, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin 174. Senen Paus, East Coast Evangelical Church, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin 175. Pastor Eric Kabi, Cornerstone Prayer Ministry 176. Rev. Kenneth Lindsay, Cavan, and Monaghan Methodist Churches 177. Pastor Cal Osiadi, House on the Rock, St. Andrew's Community Centre, 468 South Circular Road, Rialto Dublin 8 178. Pastor Shawn Tebbe, Calvary Sligo, Sligo 179. Evangelist Victory Shaka, Living Water Prayer Ministry Dublin 180. Pastor Don Thatcher, Anchor Baptist Church Waterford 181. Kirk Poth, Sligo Baptist Church, Sligo 182. Rev., Michael J. Walsh, Grace Community Church of Roscommon 183. Stephen Bartley, Stewartstown Christian Fellowship 184. Ps Trevor Russell, Letterkenny Christian Fellowship. 185. Pastor Mark Smith, City Church, Dublin 186. Session Clerk, James Lamberton, Fahan Presbyterian Church, Burnfoot, Co. Donegal 187. Jonathan McCracken, Calvary Church Claremorris 188. Pr. Barry Rogers, Derry Donegal Christian Fellowship 189. Pr. David Lennon, Word of Life Impact Ministry Clonmel Co. Tipperary 190. Godwin Ibe, Overcomers Christ Assembly 191. John O'Connell, Thurles Community Church, Co. Tipperary. 192. Pastor Baiju George, Bethel Sanctuary International 193. Evg. Jobi Joseph, In Christ Church, Dublin Ireland 194. Daniella Olubode, The Redeemed Christian Church of God, House of Flourish Parish, Kinnegad. Co-Westmeath 195. John Bruton, Cork Baptist 196. Pastor Joshua Moore, Carrick Baptist Church, Co. Leitrim 197. Pastor Paddy Grant, BVC Church, Carlow 198. James McMaster, Calvary Church Westport 199. Pastor Jonny Grant, Baptist Church Carrigaline 200. Pastor Tim Coyle, Faith Community Church, Portlaoise 201. Colin Holmes, Ferrybank Christian Community Church 202. Andy Campbell, Lighthouse fellowship 203. Pastor Stephen & Lorita Hamer, Dungarvan Community Church 204. Mandy Post, Children’s Ministry, Galway City Baptist Church, Galway 205. Mr Jean Samson Adzangoa, Free Grace Evangelical Church, Mullingar, Westmeath 206. Pastor Joseph &Virginia Evbobun, Glory of the Latter house church, Mullingar 207. David Ross, Ivor Deane, Ger Reaney Bantry Christian Fellowship 208. Pastor Matthew New Life Tamil Church, Ballyfermot, Dublin 209. Mrs Virginia Eghaghe Erabor Ododo, Glory of the later house church mullingar 210. Pastor Dominic Montgomery, Cherith, Athlone Baptist Church 211. Audrey Chambers, Stranorlar Presbyterian 212. Rev Nick Jones, Drung Group of Churches 213. Edward Neill, Grosvenor Road Baptist Church 214. Ptr. Bong Juales, Light Church 215. Pr.Mathews Matty, New Life church Dublin & Belfast 216. Pastor Peter Amujo, Christ Apostolic Church (Outreach) Dublin 217. Pr.Bjumon pappachan, Ebenezer worship centre, Cork 218. Rev. Albert Obadeyi, Foundation Ministries, Ennis 219. David Richman, The Power House International 220. Pr. Mirella Richman, Believers Connect NUIG, University of Galway 221. YP Sodiq Omoyayi, The Powerhouse International Galway 222. Sodiq Omoyayi, Believers Connect 223. Pastor Reuben Kingdom, The Power House International, Athlone 224. Pr. Brian Hade, Victory Church Dublin 225. Pastor Andy Guilfoyle, Kilkenny Community Church, Irishtown, Kilkenny 226. Roseline Esuku, Roseline Esuku prayer and evangelism ministries 227. Pastor, The Message Assembly Dublin 228. Pastor John Fasan, GFM International 229. Pastor Steve McKinley, Navan Baptist Fellowship, Navan 230. Sarah Legge, Executive Pastor, Abundant Life Church Limerick 231. Pastor Andrew Day, Clare Bible Study, Ennis 232. Pastor Gene McKinley, Good News Baptist Church, Mullingar 233. Pr. Chris Stoll, Christ for Ireland, Inc., Dublin & Tullamore 234. Derry O'Sullivan, Blanchardstown Baptist Church 235. Akemba Mohengo, Rama Ministries 236. Pastor Lionel Smith, Calvary Baptist Church, Cork 237. Pastor Florin Mihutescu, Betel Romanian Church 238. Rev’d Ebenezer Adetunji, King’s Treasure Christian Centre, Killarney, Co.Kerry 239. Pastor Marcio Rodrigues, Shalom Christian Fellowship, Monaghan 240. Pastor Paul Orimolusi, The Redeemed Christian Church of God 241. Pastor Paul and Cathy Phillips, Wexford Christian Community Church 242. Pastor Sebastian Joseph, Shalom Prayer fellowship Portlaoise 243. Pastor Niall Byrne, Gateway Church Tullow Carlow 244. Pastor Daniel Canavan, Hope Baptist Church Dundrum Dublin 245. Pastor Tom Hoban, Good News Church, Cork 246. Rev Jonathan Currie, Kilkenny Presbyterian 247. Pastor Funmilola Ajayi, Redeemed Christian Church of God. Balrothery 248. David Wilson, Teaching Elder, Waterford Christian Assembly 249. John Mathew, Indian Christian fellowship Galway 250. Pastor Stephen Finley, Redemption Baptist Church, Athlone 251. Pastor Joy, Christ Embassy Portlaoise 252. Elizabeth Lasis, Salvation Christian Church, Dublin 253. Pastor Ivan Watson, Cavan Baptist Church








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