Irish School Withdraws Worksheet on Bible’s Teachings on Homosexuality Over Complaint

RomansBELFAST, Ireland — A school in Ireland has apologized and has decided to withdraw a worksheet that presents the Bible’s teachings on homosexuality following a complaint over the assignment.

Hunterhouse College in Belfast, a grammar school for girls ages 11-18, had included a study on 1 Corinthians 6: 9-11 for its Religious Studies curriculum, discussing a variety of opinions about homosexual behavior, in addition to the Christian view as outlined in Scripture.

“Surely you know that the wicked will not possess God’s Kingdom,” the worksheet read, quoting from the Good News translation. “Do not fool yourselves; people who are immoral or who worship idols or are adulterers or homosexual perverts or who steal or are greedy or are drunkards or who slander others or are thieves—none of these will possess God’s Kingdom.”

“Some of you were like that,” the Scripture continues. “But you have been purified from sin; you have been dedicated to God; you have been put right with God by the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

The worksheet then asks, “What do these verses tell us about homosexuals? Who else is included with homosexuals? What hope is there for all these people?”

But the father of one student complained about the worksheet, which had been assigned as homework, prompting the school to pull the study from the class.

Principal Andrew Gibson said that the study was simply a part of learning about morality in Christianity, but recently issued an apology over the matter and said that the worksheet would not be used again.

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“This is in the introduction to Christian ethics centered around personal and family issues. As part of this, pupils are encouraged to consider a variety of attitudes to homosexuality,” he told the BBC. “We have a very strong pastoral care system at the school and deal with issues around sexuality with great sensitivity.”

Local homosexual groups also opposed the worksheet after learning about the matter, stating their offense with homosexuality being included with drunkenness and other behaviors cited in the Scripture.

But Peter Lynas, director of Evangelic Alliance Northern Ireland, said that there was nothing wrong with the study.

“They were simply asking questions about the orthodox Christian position,” he told reporters. “If you can’t do that in a religious ethics class, then you are in danger of pushing religion out of the public square.”

As previously reported, a Christian bakery in Northern Ireland was recently ordered to pay compensation or face legal action after an equality commission declared that it was guilty of committing “unlawful religious, political and sexual orientation discrimination” for declining to make a Bert and Ernie cake that bore the phrase “support gay marriage.”

In May of this year, Ashers Baking Company in Newtonabbey—founded by Christians and named after Genesis 49:20—was approached by a same-sex “marriage” supporter to bake the cake, which also was to feature the logo for the homosexual advocacy group QueerSpace. General Manager Daniel McArthur, 24, told reporters that the company declined to bake the cake, explaining that same-sex “marriage” is against its Christian beliefs. Ashers Baking Company also offered a refund, which was accepted.

However, the customer, Gareth Lee, soon reported Ashers Baking Company to the Equality Commission of Northern Ireland, which in turn sent a warning to to McArthur, ruling that he and his bakery had discriminated against Lee. McArthur says that although his company “is willing to serve any customer regardless of their sexual lifestyle,” he does not believe that the bakery should be forced to decorate a cake that bears a statement that violates its deeply-held Christian convictions.


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  • Lupe

    The perverts strike again. When will we stop pandering to these evill people?

    • Gary

      I have never started pandering to them, so I have no need to stop. Real Christians won’t pander to sexual perverts anyway.

      • BeWhoYouAre

        If by “real Christians” you mean fundamentalist bullies and thugs, then you have a very strange idea of what a “real Christian” is.

    • Neiman

      There is no one that has had as long and a strong objection to homosexual conduct and its negative impact on the Church and Society as yours truly. There is absolutely no question in my mind that homosexual conduct is condemned in Holy Scripture and there is nary a positive word about that lifestyle, it is gross sexual immorality and God compares it to idolatry. I say this so you will put the following in context:

      Homosexuals are still part of God’s creation, while He hates their sinful lifestyle, as it risks their being separated from Him for all eternity, God still loves them and wants them to come to repentance and salvation. So, while what they do in their sexual lives is sin and harmful to themselves and society, they are no more evil than I am and I am a sinner saved only by God’s Grace, as Paul said, I am a chief among sinners. So, let us Christians have as our first response to only and always act in a loving way towards them, which does not mean compromise or approving of their sins. Let us pray for their souls that some might still come to see their sexual conduct as being sin hateful to God, repent and turn to Christ for salvation. How precious to have even one sinner plucked from the fires and brought into eternal life. If we replace the adulteress in the Gospels that the people were trying to stone, with a “homosexual.” Jesus would reprove any of us that would want them to die in their sins, while in love He would counsel them that if they want to have eternal life they must go and sin no more.

      Pander? No! We should publicly oppose what they are doing to our children. Hate them? No! We must stand with Christ against all sin, but with His heart walking in His love for the worst among sinners. I am glad that He loved and saved this sinner ME!

      • James Rankin

        Thankyou Neiman, well said. God bless.

      • SFBruce

        While you and I completely disagree about the morality of homosexuality, I do appreciate the fact that you’re calling for recognition of the fact that LGBT people are part of God’s creation, and that the way we approach those we would like to influence matters very much.

        • Hans Geiger

          Don’t drag God into your sinful thinking, like you blame the road authorities having put up a speed limit sign that you went over the limit. Blaming always others. You are saying, God created what He condemns? Think first, talk later.

          • SFBruce

            I have absolutely no idea how your comment relates to what I wrote.

        • Jack Rohde

          So are murderers, serial rapist’s, bank robbers, terrorist’s, adulterer’s, thiefs, drug dealers, pedophile’s all part of God’s creation

      • BeWhoYouAre

        No homosexuals are interested in your children, you’ve been told this over and over. What you’re spouting is hate, pure and simple, just like this guy: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/12/arizona-pastor-predicts-aids-free-christmas-if-all-gays-are-killed-as-god-commands/

        • Jack Rohde

          Yes they are their liar’s.

        • Neiman

          Then why are they in all our schools teaching how-to classes and encouraging children to experiment?

          • BeWhoYouAre

            If they’re in your schools, it’s to educate people about what they are, to explain that human sexuality isn’t always the same for everyone, and to request that people like you stop beating them up and killing them.

      • Lupe

        10-4.

  • Gary

    A “Christian ethics” class in which consideration of Christian ethics is forbidden? Just drop the class and stop the hypocrisy.

  • Wiless

    You should label stories about Northern Ireland thus, instead of writing ‘Irish school’, write ‘Northern Ireland school’.
    It’s a different country.

  • jcrosby35

    Irish School withdraws worksheet on Bible’s Teachings on homosexuality desiring to please the world rather than God. Rom 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Rom 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
    Apostate churches and schools come in many ways. The love of money is the root of all evil.

  • Henry Dandria

    The school was teaching what is written in the scripture .the Oxford dictionary gives the meaning of the word “perversity” as :”..turn aside (thing ) from proper use,or conduct or esp. Religious belief shouting perversion in sexual instincts. Christians follow Christ’s teachings. Has Northen Irland become Pagan?…

  • Frank

    Maybe these schools should sue these organizations for harassment. There are plenty of these lawsuits and such being filed against the government that are wrong as already ruled by the highest Court, at least here in the US, not sure about Ireland. The idea is bully and harass to get what they want. Make them broke so they can’t function and file these harassments. It’s what they are trying to do to the schools and everyone else. They need a taste of their own medicine and we need a system that gets rid of their ability to bully and harass.

  • The Lone Ranger

    You can look for this to get worse and worse after all who can please all men and that’s all we care about is pleasing man doesn’t matter what God thinks we know better don’t we .

  • BeWhoYouAre

    Good news. Bigotry like that has no place in schools in this day and age – we have far more information on human sexuality now than we did at the time of the Bible’s writing.

    • Jack Rohde

      Yes you’re right homosexuality is not genetic, other wise identical twins would both be gay and they are not any more gay percentage wise than the rest of the population, and they are not., no genetic proof so it’s still a sin , and it’s socially caused by poor family relations.

      • BeWhoYouAre

        Why don’t you consult a medical science source and see if THEY think it’s caused by poor family relations?

  • BeWhoYouAre

    Here’s a “loving” Christian response to homosexuality.

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/12/arizona-pastor-predicts-aids-free-christmas-if-all-gays-are-killed-as-god-commands/

    How many people here would admit they agree with this monstrous man?

  • Jack Rohde

    So the Bible is right, quit bowing to the evil, evil is evil, stop trying to be politicaly correct!

  • gregkliebigsr

    I am a servant of the MOST HIGH GOD and YAHWEH IS HIS NAME , THESE ARE HIS WORDS, DO NOT ARGUE WITH ME, TALK TO HIM ABOUT THIS!! REPENT OF YOUR HOMOSEXUALITY! FOR THE BLOOD OF YESHUA (JESUS) WILL DELIVER YOU OUT OF ALL YOUR SIN!

    “Thou shalt NOT lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination!” says the LORD GOD.

    LEVITICUS18: 22. SO, LET ME MAKE IT PERFECTLY CLEAR , HOMOSEXUALITY IS AN ABOMINATION!!!

    The sin of homosexuality is a forgivable sin, but a person must confess and repent of their sin to the LORD JESUS; I John 1:8-9

    —————-

    HOMOSEXUALTY ROBS GOD OF NEW HUMANS TO LOVE AND FELLOWSHIP WITH AND DWELL IN! THAT, IS WHY YAHWEH (GOD) HATES HOMOSEXUALTY! IT IS A demon spirit from satan and he does not want more CHRISTIANS BORN FOR GOD TO INHABIT!

    —————-

    I am a servant of the MOST HIGH GOD and YAHWEH IS HIS NAME , THESE ARE HIS WORDS, DO NOT ARGUE WITH ME, TALK TO HIM ABOUT THIS!! REPENT OF YOUR HOMOSEXUALITY! FOR THE BLOOD OF YESHUA (JESUS) WILL DELIVER YOU OUT OF ALL YOUR SIN!

    “Thou shalt NOT lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination!” says the LORD GOD.

    LEVITICUS18: 22. SO, LET ME MAKE IT PERFECTLY CLEAR , HOMOSEXUALITY IS AN ABOMINATION!!!

    The sin of homosexuality is a forgivable sin, but a person must confess and repent of their sin to the LORD JESUS; I John 1:8-9

    —————-

    HOMOSEXUALTY ROBS GOD OF NEW HUMANS TO LOVE AND FELLOWSHIP WITH AND DWELL IN! THAT, IS WHY YAHWEH (GOD) HATES HOMOSEXUALTY! IT IS A demon spirit from satan and he does not want more CHRISTIANS BORN FOR GOD TO INHABIT!

    —————-

    Deuteronomy 23:17. There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a Sodomite of the sons of Israel.

    18. Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a DOG , into the house of the Lord thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the Lord thy God.

    NOW, the term dog here means male prostitute: AND , YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE WHY GOD WOULD CALL THEM DOGS!!!

    NOW, LET US SEE WHAT THE LORD JESUS SAID ON THE SUBJECT:

    Revelation 22: 15. For without are DOGS, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

    NOW, SO AS NOT TO LEAVE OUT :

    ROMANS CHAPTER 1: 16 – 32

    WELL JUST READ IT FOR YOURSELF!!!

    ROMANS CHAPTER 1: 16 – 32

    WELL JUST READ IT FOR YOURSELF!!!

    Deuteronomy 23:17. There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a Sodomite of the sons of Israel.

    18. Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a DOG , into the house of the Lord thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the Lord thy God.

    NOW, the term dog here means male prostitute: AND , YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE WHY GOD WOULD CALL THEM DOGS!!!

    NOW, LET US SEE WHAT THE LORD JESUS SAID ON THE SUBJECT:

    Revelation 22: 15. For without are DOGS, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

    NOW, SO AS NOT TO LEAVE OUT :

    ROMANS CHAPTER 1: 16 – 32

    WELL JUST READ IT FOR YOURSELF!!!

    ROMANS CHAPTER 1: 16 – 32

    WELL JUST READ IT FOR YOURSELF!!!

    THIS IS NOT MY PERSONAL OPINION; THIS IS THE COMMISSION THAT OUR CREATOR GOD (YAHWEH) HAS PUT ON ME TO DO, TO WARN HUMANITY !!

    THIS IS NOT MY PERSONAL OPINION; THIS IS THE COMMISSION THAT OUR CREATOR GOD (YAHWEH) HAS PUT ON ME TO DO, TO WARN HUMANITY !!