VIP says Peace Corp promoting gay issue in schools
The Church’s holy war against UNIBAM is yet to begin in the Supreme Court but in addition to a strong ally in the government, the moral battle is getting support from a third independent party. The Vision Inspired by the People is against the UNIBAM agenda and the party members became outraged when they found out that a school manual had activities that showed sympathy for sexual alternative lifestyles. According to VIP Chairman, Robert ‘Bobby’ Lopez, it wants the Ministry of Education to recall Peace Corps HFLE manuals that are currently used in some primary schools. Lopez told News Five via phone that the Peace Corp propagates teachings that are contrary to Belizean family values and are an affront to our cultural beliefs and morals.
Via Phone: Robert A. Lopez, VIP Chairman
“There is one that is talking about gender. So you put students together of the same sex. So our question is what happens if a child does not want to be with the same sex? Where do you put that child? And then they are asked to write down what body parts they like about somebody with the same sex. And then they compare those notes and then they change the roles. So our point is there are several subtle activities. I think there was one I read where girls are asked to open their feet and hold a mirror or something. You know I think those kinda thing being taught at the primary school to us. It’s a subtle way of eroding what we in Belize have know to be the traditional role of man, the woman and the role of the family and VIP is very committed to protecting, preserving and promoting the traditional family unit which we feel is one of the pillars of national development. So as we peruse this book, there are several areas of activities that we think is obviously part of the LBGT agenda in starting to get children at a very young age—I believe this is being applied to four, five, and six—in starting to accept themselves that if they have that tendency towards being a little more attracted to the same sex; it’s ok. Society really defines the gender and it’s ok to feel good with yourself if you have that inclination and what have you. We think that this manual should have been more vetted by the ministry per say. It seems from the minister’s comment to one media that he knew nothing of it and we find that a little alarming. And so we are saying let’s recall this thing; let’s remove it.”
The VIP further calls on parents and guardians to pay closer attention to the curriculum content being taught to their children to ensure that traditional family values are not being compromised or negatively influenced by external agendas. On Monday the Ministry of Education defended the HFLE curriculum, saying that it “seeks to address the fact that young people in the Caribbean, including Belize, are at risk due to many social factors, including violence, peer pressure, family challenges and health issues (including early sexual activity and risk of HIV/AIDS).”