Costa Rican Bishops Outraged Over New 'Hedonistic' Sexual Education Curriculum

There is a brewing controversy in the schools of Costa Rica over some of the proposed changes to the school curriculum, specifically dealing with sexual education.

In a recent statement the Bishops of Costa Rica denounced and heavily criticized a new sexual education curriculum that was recently approved by the Costa Rican government. They claimed that the new school curriculum promotes a "hedonistic" and ideological view of sexuality that is biased and morally insufficient.

The statement, published on Aug. 27, states that the material provided to the children from the school promotes and insists on highlighting gender neutrality while also pushing and advocating for sexual deviancy.

The bishops say that the materials are "so repetitive that ... it's more about propaganda than education," according to the statement.

The new additions to the school curriculum are scheduled to take effect in the 2013 school year. Local religious leaders say that the proposed sexual education program does not provide a comprehensive view of such material, given that it does not include the religious attitudes or beliefs of students and parents.

The bishops have claimed that the option for parents opt out of the new addition to the curriculum is not enough. If the promoting gender neutrality present, that means "the program in itself is biased and morally dangerous," the statement read.

"[Sexuality] is a gift from God our Creator, and the human person, when using it correctly, is called to be like God, inasmuch as sexuality is meant by God to be a 'language of love' above all, and a means of producing life as well," the bishops explained. "Love cannot be separated from life. Every person is called to fullness through self-donation in love," they noted.

The bishops have continued to plea with school officials to reconsider new proposed school material so that all students may receive an unbiased sexual education.