Marriage lesson

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Veronica Wikman believes “open-minded sexuality education and easy access to contraceptive services” in Scotland would reduce the high rate of teenage pregnancy (Letters, 17 August).

But this is exactly the direction in which Scotland has been travelling in for years.

The same old “don’t have sex until you really feel like it” message is preached almost universally to school children, while our benefits system is on hand to pick up the pieces.

Many sex educators seem to see their role as helping young people to overcome their inhibitions and advising on sexual technique.

Anyone suggesting that ­children be taught about the principles and benefits of marriage is regarded by the educational establishment as a maverick at best, and a dangerous, intolerant extremist at worst.

Ms Wikman’s vision already dominates Scottish education to the exclusion of all others.

Abstaining from sex until marriage maximises the chances of a stable relationship, and optimises the probability that children will be brought into the world to enjoy the benefits of a united and present mother and father.

Ms Wikman, how­ever, just wants girls to “complete their education and establish themselves on the job market before they become mothers”.

Of course, once the definition of marriage has been perverted by the government so as to ­destroy its association with procreation, child rearing and natural family life with a father and mother, schools will be pressurised to teach about marriage incessantly.

I urge youngsters to rebel against the establishment and save sex for marriage.

Richard Lucas



I AGREE with Veronica Wikman that our sex education needs to be more realistic, but I would go even further.

I believe our schools need to find a way to teach children how to achieve good mental health.

Better self-esteem leads to better judgment, whether that results in them abstaining from sex or simply being sensible about 


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