The Pajamas Media columnist known only as Zombie has found a piece of news from Switzerland that is extraordinarily grotesque even by the standards of a morally decadent Europe. It seems that the state schools there have instituted graphic sex education for four, five and six-year-olds. Zombie provides a link to a news site called The Local, which offers this horrifying picture (graphic images):

Officials in Basel have agreed to rename the “sex box” after receiving some 3,000 letters of protest from parents angered by the controversial trove of wooden penises and fabric vaginas set to be used in a new sex education programme for playschool and primary school kids.

Christoph Eymann, Basel education minister and member of the Liberal Democrat Party (LDP),  responded to parent’s protests in an interview with SonntagsBlick.

“It was no doubt stupid to call it a ’sex box’ – we will change that. But we will stick to our goal: to get across to children that sexuality is something natural. Without forcing anything upon them or taking anything away from their parents,” he said.

So they’ll change the name of the box in which these objects are kept, in order to spare delicate sensibilities, but they won’t stop the program of sexualizing children. Incredible.

Many parents say they do not understand why sex education needs to be taught to children as young as four.

“There are usually two reasons why sexuality becomes a topic in kindergarten: either the teacher is pregnant or one of the children will soon get a new sister or brother. In such cases, it is correct that the teacher can respond,” Eymann told SonntagsBlick.

Eymann said he understood that one line in the programme, “touching can be enjoyed heartily,” could be misconstrued, but insisted: “It is not about ‘touch me, feel me.’ We want to tell the children that there is contact that they may find pleasurable, but some that they should say ’no’ to. Kids can unfortunately can become victims of sexual violence already at playschool age.”

Glad to hear that this is not a song from Tommy. Beyond that, one has to ask why the proper response of a pregnant teacher isn’t, “I’m going to have a baby. If you want to know more, ask your parents.” As for kids who are going to soon have a new brother or sister, again, why are they not told to discuss that with the people who are having the baby?

Eymann said he would prefer if sex education was taught to children at home but argued that education officials needed to respond to the realities of today.

“We currently live in an oversexualised society. There is uncontrolled distribution of pornographic material that can reach young children. Some primary school children know the TV schedule until 2am. We would like to offer these children firm support, which is often not available in the family. The box is only an aid. I trust the teachers to approach the material with care.”

We lived in an “oversexualized society.” Porn “can reach young children.” So what’s the answer to that? Sexualize them even earlier, and given them lessons in anatomy so that they will know what they’re seeing when they get into porn. The stupidity of this approach is indescribable, as is the effort to undermine parents in the name of “helping” them. It’s true that there are lots of children (even in Switzerland, I’m sure) who are not receiving the proper parenting. Does that mean that those who are have to be exposed to stuff their parents object to? The nanny state bureaucrat answers with an emphatic “yes”:

Despite this, Eymann said he takes critics’ arguments seriously, and has ordered the contents of the box to be examined after finding the cover of previous teaching material tasteless.

Some parents have called for their children to be exempted from sex education. Eymann says he is strictly against exemptions, although he is aware this will not make him many friends:

“Primary school may be the only big audience that our society has. The shared values that it teaches are very important. I would definitely like to keep this. The explanatory lesson can be portrayed in a way that doesn’t offend,” he said.

“Shared values.” I would love to know what the “values” are that Eymann thinks he is promoting with this program. That becomes an even more urgent question when you see, if you dare, the pictures that Zombie also located on a German language site. They are taken from a book that is used with five-year-olds, yet Zombie felt it necessary to label them NSFW (“not safe for work”).

This is Switzerland, today. There are already American educators expressing the desire to import this kind of education into American classrooms. This is our children’s future, unless it is stopped cold. Now.