Finding out that one of their pupils is gay, one of the British Christian schools offered to call a preacher to the ‘obsessed’ boy out of ‘the Satan’s control’. Dozens of schools in the UK follow the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) curriculum, a Christian fundamentalist course of learning that grew up in Texas, before expanding to other countries. Now there are 27 such schools across the UK. They don’t recognize the British state educational certificates, the pupils receive International Christian Certificate of Education instead.
One ACE textbook instructs: “Homosexual, adjective: having unnatural sexual feelings towards one of the same sex. Homosexual activity is another of man’s corruptions of God’s plan. The Bible records that God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of homosexual activity. Some people mistakenly believe that an individual is born a homosexual and his attraction to those of the same sex is normal.”
There was an investigation of the school’s attitude to those pupils who might possibly come out as LGBT Posing as a father of gay son, reporter Martin Williams uncovered shocking practises – with one teacher offering “deliverances” to save pupils from the Devil. The teacher explained that the practise, akin to an exorcism, had to be kept under-the-rader, adding: “We do [perform them], but we don’t do it here in school (…) We have to be sensitive because obviously we wouldn’t want a deliverance going on in a room and then have Ofsted walk in. That would be a bit awkward to explain. Sometimes we’ll have spiritual retreats for youth, for teens. These will be done over a period of three days on the weekend. We do it in a hotel in Bournemouth and all these things are going on there – deliverance and all these kinds of things.” The teacher also encouraged the family to seek guidance because of the boy’s sexuality. She said: “I wouldn’t say we wouldn’t take him [as a pupil], but I think our pastors would like to sit down and see where you are as a family. Always, when we have a sensitive case, it’s always best to take it to pastors and they would make the final decision. We do have the pastors that offer pastoral care for the children as well when it’s needed… it’s something that you might want to look into.”