A group of over 100 people rallied outside Parliament calling on the government to ‘trust parents’ and ‘let parents choose’ when it comes to sex education.
The protest was organised by Christian Concern. The group’s CEO Andrea Williams said it showed that ‘we care deeply for our children’.
She also said that parents should be the primary educators of their children rather than the state.
Several other speakers at the rally said parents are responsible and best-placed to decide how their children are taught about relationships and sex education.
A petition to Parliament in support of parental rights over Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) attracted over 112,000 signatures.
The petition states, ‘We believe it is the parent’s fundamental right to teach their child RSE topics or to at least decide who teaches them and when and how they are taught.
‘We want the right to opt our children out of RSE when it becomes mandatory in September 2020.
‘We have grave concerns about the physical, psychological and spiritual implications of teaching children about certain sexual and relational concepts proposed in RSE and believe that they have no place within a mandatory school curriculum.
‘We believe the above factors have not been given enough consideration and that many of the RSE resources being produced by lobby groups and external organisations will actually cause more harm than good, particularly when child development and psychological factors are considered’.