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Church gave Swedish teens 'sex diplomas'

Church gave Swedish teens 'sex diplomas'

Published: 13 Mar 2013 15:30 GMT+01:00
Updated: 13 Mar 2013 15:30 GMT+01:00

After attending a course entitled "Love and Sexuality", the teenagers in the southeastern town of Rödeby were given a certificate and badge stating they were "qualified for sex".

Vicar Mats-Ola Nylen said the course had been organized by a man purporting to come from the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU), but the church later found out he hadn't worked for the organization in years.

Suspicions were raised after parents complained to Nylen about the certificates, referred to as "knullborgarmärke", saying their teenage children weren't ready for sex.

They were also upset over the use of colloquial phrases like "giving someone a blow job".

"The whole camp revolves around different aspects of friendships and relationships," Nylen told AFP, adding that he felt betrayed by the man, who wore a t-shirt from RFSU at the event which took place over the weekend.

"In the past, young people have complained that the Church doesn't talk about these issues."

The vicar had asked to listen in on the session but had been asked to stay away by the man, who said having the vicar there would have had an "inhibitive" effect on participants.

Giving 14-year-olds a certificate saying they were ready to "shag" was sending a mixed message, Nylen said.

"Under Swedish law you don't have a right to engage in sexual activities until you're 15," he noted.

A spokeswoman for RFSU, Josefin Morge, said the organization stopped using the sex certificates in 2007, and that they had been part of a campaign "not primarily geared at youths".

Although the man no longer worked for RFSU, he had been hired on several

occasions by the congregation with no complaints, said Pelle Ullholm, head of

RFSU's outreach programmes.

Young people who had more information weren't "necessarily sexually active at a younger age, but possibly at a later age," he said.

The man who held the course was not available for comment.

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Your comments about this article

17:19 March 13, 2013 by Svensksmith
The Church of Sweden is a joke.
17:59 March 13, 2013 by StockholmSam
I'm sensing a pervert in the henhouse.
18:00 March 13, 2013 by Rishonim
And following the fine Swedish tradition of accountability, no one will be held responsible!
19:28 March 13, 2013 by Gjeebes
Why would anyone be worried for this, in Sweden? These biological specimen sacks won't know if they are "male" or "female" until they are 18 anyway. Is anyone actually allowed to say"male" and "female" in public in Sweden anymore?
21:08 March 13, 2013 by EthnicDravidian
bwahaha !! Swedish Church at it's funniest
06:43 March 14, 2013 by truthcode
in Sweden sex is like eat up a hot dog
12:05 March 14, 2013 by JulieLou40
Jesus. Thsi is bloody outrageous. The guy's a pervert and should be prosecuted!
17:10 March 15, 2013 by spanca
Actually by doing such nasty activities ,church is loosing its respect and creditablity the Vatican is already in hot waters
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