A new education bill put forward by Fianna Fáil senators would see Irish primary school students taught about “queer” and Native American “two-spirit” identities as part of sex education classes.
The Education (Relationships and Sexuality Education) (Amendment) Bill 2022 has already passed second stage in the Seanad, and was put forward by Fianna Fáil senators Fiona O’Loughlin and Malcolm Byrne earlier this week.
The purpose of the Bill is reportedly to provide “relationship and sexuality education in primary and post-primary schools without any influence of religious ethos on relationship and sexuality education.”
However, the legislation also states that “the voice of LGBTQU+” identities should be heard within sex education. It goes on to define “LGBTQU+” as including “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, queer, two-spirit, intersex and asexual.”
Notably “queer” refers to someone who is not straight, or who does not identify with their biological sex – in other words, someone who is either gay or transgender.
Additionally, “two-spirit” is a Native American religious and cultural phrase referring to a tribe member who fulfils both male and female roles.
According to the official government website for Alaska’s federal Indian Health Service, two-spirit individuals are “considered neither men nor women; they occupied a distinct, alternative gender status.”
“In tribes where two-spirit males and females were referred to with the same term, this status amounted to a third gender. In other cases, two-spirit females were referred to with a distinct term and, therefore, constituted a fourth gender,” the website reads.
It also reveals that the two-spirit identity had a religious component to it.
“Two-spirit identity was widely believed to be the result of supernatural intervention in the form of visions or dreams and sanctioned by tribal mythology,” the site reads.
This would seem to contradict the goal of removing the influence of “religious ethos” from sex education classes.
Before the publication of this article, Gript emailed Fianna Fáil senators Fiona O’Loughlin and Malcolm Byrne who put the legislation forward, asking why a Native American tribal religious belief system should play any role in Irish education. However, we did not receive a response.
We also emailed Fianna Fáil Education Minister Norma Foley with the same question. The Minister did not reply either.
Gript has previously published articles on some of the more controversial elements of Ireland’s school curriculum, such as officially-recommended reading lists which endorse teaching babies about crossdressing.
An officially recommended reading list for schools, approved by Roderic O’Gorman, advises teaching boys as young as 2 that they can wear lipstick, makeup and girls’ clothes.#gripthttps://t.co/0K8uJMoITb
— gript (@griptmedia) July 20, 2022
Teachers have also been encouraged to study “crossdressing” for “erotic enjoyment,” “drag,” “gender queer” and “gender-fluid” identities as part of an “SPHE and RSE toolkit” for primary schools.
Educators were also discouraged from using the phrase “boys and girls,” and were told instead to seek a more gender neutral alternative.
Irish teachers have been encouraged to learn about “crossdressing” for “erotic enjoyment,” as well as “drag,” and “gender-fluid” identities by the Department of Education when preparing RSE & SPHE lessons for primary students.#gripthttps://t.co/b93l3tPd2U
— gript (@griptmedia) July 6, 2022
School teachers in Ireland are currently being encouraged to teach students how to organise radical feminist protests, as well as discuss “challenging the patriarchy” and other far-Left talking points.
Teachers’ guides from Ireland's official curriculum body include tips for students to organise radical feminist protests, & encourage students to challenge “the patriarchy” – the idea that men run society for the systematic oppression of women.#gripthttps://t.co/8L1xTBWVqo
— gript (@griptmedia) July 14, 2022
Gript also reported how Irish teachers are being advised to hold classroom exercises dividing children along class & racial lines, based on questions about ones’ race, household income, whether they were sexually abused by a family member, and more.
Ireland’s curriculum body advised teachers to hold classroom exercises dividing children along class & racial lines, based on questions about ones’ race, household income, whether they were sexually abused by a family member, & more.#gripthttps://t.co/VH0UWbhkrr
— gript (@griptmedia) August 8, 2022