Church of England has revealed its plan to tackle homophobic bullying in schools.
Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has told all Anglican schools in England the Bible should not be used to justify homophobic behavior.
While the guidance recognizes homosexuality is a ‘divisive issue’, schools should not turn a ‘convenient blind eye’ to prejudice.
‘Less than a year ago I set out my concerns about the terrible impact of homophobic bullying on the lives of young people and I made a public commitment to support our schools in eradicating homophobic stereotyping and bullying," said Archbishop Welby, according to the BBC.
‘Church schools begin from the belief that every child is loved by God. This guidance aims to help schools express God's love by ensuring that they offer a safe and welcoming place for all God's children.’
The guidance explains many children and young people are growing up in a world where being gay is normal, and to deny this reality is to ‘choose to be blinkered’.
But it also says different views on sexuality should be respected.
It says: ‘It is also equally important to communicate clearly to pupils and families that holding traditional faith perspectives on sexuality is not counter to the school's aims and ethos, but that expressing hatred, negativity and hostility to another is unacceptable.’