A German politician has claimed including LGBTI issues in state-wide education would create an educational system like in East Germany.
Katrin Ebner-Steiner, a member of the euro-sceptic right-wing Alternative für Deutschland (Alternative for Germany, AfD) in Bavaria, criticized the decision to make LGBTI issues a compulsory part of sexual education.
In a video released on the party’s official Youtube Channel, the politician accused the government to introduce ‘ideological indoctrination’ into schools.
‘Our little ones won’t just have to sit through enforced lessons about all variations of sexual life together,’ she said.
‘They will also hear details about homo-, bi- and trans sexuality.’
Describing her political specialities as family, culture and the protection of the Bavarian homeland, Ebner-Steiner is also a member of the AfD’s executive board for the Bavarian branch.
Traditional families and ‘natural sexual behavior’ would lose their values, Ebner-Steiner claims, in favor of the ‘downplaying of socially controversial sexual behaviors and practices of minorities’.
And with 99.9% of German citizens being straight, according to the politician, she doesn’t think LGBTI people should shape and influence what is taught in schools.
Minutes later, Ebner-Steiner claims Germany’s current government is talking ‘nearly exclusively about homosexual partnerships’ when it comes to family politics, instead of offering straight couples incentives to start families and increase birth rates.
‘The traditional family image offers children the most protection against ideological confusion, against drugs and criminality,’ Ebner-Steine says.
‘Only the traditional family image guarantees healthy interpersonal bonds, is meaningful and encourages entrenchment with the home land.
‘Only the traditional family image can reunite our partially splintered society.’
Under the new plan, it would be compulsory for all schools in Bavaria to include LGBTI issues in sexual education lessons, from primary school (age 6) onwards; it is set to be implemented ‘soon’, according to the German press agency dpa.
Like in the neighboring state of Baden-Württemberg, the AfD is heavily opposing the change on the basis of ‘premature sexualization’ of children.
The German Democratic Republic, often only called East Germany, was established in 1949 as a result of World War II; the socialist regime fell in 1990 and the country was reunified.