Mexican bishops turn heat on graphic sex education textbooks

Mexico's Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez has described the contents of Government-prescribed biology textbooks for Mexican schools as "pornographic information."

Lifesite News reports that Mexico's Catholic Bishops as well as state governors have demanded the government remove the explicit material.

"We agree with the necessity of sex education, but pornographic information is something else," Cardinal Iniguez of Guadalajara told the Mexican newspaper Reforma.

The Cardinal excoriated the government for implementing the program, calling the decision "totalitarian" for neglecting to neither consult with the Church nor address the objections of parents.

According to Lifesite News, the new high school sex education course tells students that homosexuality and masturbation are acceptable behaviours and includes pictures characterised by critics as pornographic, and encourages students to find pornography off the internet.

The head of the Mexican bishops' family affairs committee, Bishop Rodrigo Aguilar Martinez of Matehuala, said the Catholic Church "is not against sex education, but rather in favour of an education that is integral, age-appropriate and adequate for each individual person."

"Certain matters should be handled carefully, particularly when dealing with 11- and 12-year-olds, for the love of God," said Eduardo Bours, governor of the Sonora state, who has joined several other governors, who have decided to replace the textbooks.

"We are always very respectful of the position of all groups in our society," Health Secretary, Kulio Frenk told Mexico's La Jornada newspaper recently.

"But at the end of the day, the government's public policies should be based on scientific evidence."

The government expected to distribute 1.5 million books to Mexico's public schools for the upcoming school year.

Mexico Introduces Graphic Sex Education; Catholic Bishops in Outrage (Lifesite News, 22/8/06)

CEO sounds alarm on push to tie funding to sex classes (CathNews, 10/2/05)

24 Aug 2006