Britain’s National Secular Society (NSS) has said that young pupils should be forced to attend lessons on homosexual relationships. Writing on the issue, the NSS campaign director, Stephen Evans added that allowing religious parents to remove their children from such classes should be deemed “unacceptable”. Evans was reacting to British government plans to include an opt-out in the proposed Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) programme for secondary schools – unlike the Relationships Education in primary schools, which will have no such element. “The government’s ‘21st-century relationships and sex education’ will not be worthy of that billing if it allows young people’s rights to be retarded by religion,” Evans wrote, adding that schools are an “ideal place” to encourage a “sexually autonomous younger generation”, and decried a lack of “explicit reference to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the proposals”. Simon Calvert, Deputy Director for Public Affairs at The Christian Institute, criticised the NSS stance. “It cannot be right to trample all over the rights of millions of Christian, Muslim and Jewish families – to do so would be to sideline freedom itself,” he said.