A large group of parents recently protested an elementary school that had introduced a new course for its young students promoting homosexual and LGBT lifestyles.
400 parents signed a petition against the course, and many participated in a rally where they held signs with messages like “say no to promoting of homosexuality and LGBT ways of life to our children,” “stop exploiting children’s innocence,” and “education not indoctrination,” according to The Guardian.
But these were not conservative Christian parents standing up for their religious rights at an American school. These were predominantly Muslim parents protesting a British school for wanting to teach something to their four- to 11-year-olds that ran counter to their own beliefs.
Fatima Shah, one of the parents that pulled her kid out of the school because of the pro-LGBT lesson, explained, “We are not a bunch of homophobic mothers. We just feel that some of these lessons are inappropriate. Some of the themes being discussed are very adult and complex and the children are getting confused.”
She continued, “They need to be allowed to be children rather than having to constantly think about equalities and rights.”
Some Christian parents joined the protest.
In reference to the openly gay author of “Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools,” who created the curriculum, Fatimah also said, “We have nothing against Mr. [Andrew] Moffat — we are as British as they come. We respect the British values … but the problem is, he is not respecting our ethos as a community.”
“We don’t send our children to school to learn about LGBT,” she added. “We send them to school to learn maths, science, and English.”
Speaking in defense of the parents, British MP Shabana Mahmood explained, “None of my constituents is seeking particular or differential opt-outs at secondary school level. It is all about the age appropriateness of conversations with young children in the context of religious backgrounds.”
This incident is taking place a primary school in the predominantly Muslim neighborhood of Saltley, Birmingham, in between Manchester and London.
As part of the pro-LGBT No Outsiders lessons, students were being given stories like “Mommy, Mama and Me” and “King & King,” according to The Guardian, to help normalized homosexual relationships in their young minds.
In reference to families “with two mums,” Moffat has previously said, “We want all children in Birmingham to know that their family is normal; that their family is accepted and welcomed in schools.”
Last Friday, about 600 Muslim kids were pulled out of the 770-pupil school in protest. In response, the school suspended the No Outsiders course until further discussion could be had.
According to Moffat, though, the course will soon resume.