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UK: Primary School AXES LGBT tolerance lessons after protests from Muslim parents

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Silence from left wing leadership and gay groups. Islam trumps all. Blows Linda “sharia” Sarsour’s “intersectionality” away.

Parkfield Community School in Birmingham, England had classes in which a program titled “No Outsiders” taught that “families look different,” in an effort to teach schoolchildren about homosexuality. The Guardian reports that the program was created by assistant headteacher Andrew Moffat, “who was awarded an MBE for his work in equality education and is also in the running for a major international teaching award.” In the program, the students read books with titles such as “Mommy, Mama and Me” and “King & King.”

The Guardian adds that Moffat has been receiving threats through a leaflet campaign.

Primary school AXES anti-homophobia lessons after protests from Muslim parents who withdrew 600 children from lessons

  • Parkfield Community School in Birmingham stops anti-homophobia classes
  • Lessons will be replaced by religious education following parent protest
  • Angry parents said ‘No Outsiders’ classes ‘promote homosexuality’ to children
  • Walkout by 600 primary pupils last Friday escalated the ongoing issue

By Eleanor Harding Education Editor, Daily Mail, 5 March 2019 (thanks to Inexion):

A primary school has been forced to abandon anti-homophobia lessons following protests from Muslim parents.
Parkfield School in Birmingham has said it will ditch the ‘No Outsiders’ classes until after Easter while a ‘consultation’ takes place with parents.
The school’s assistant head, Andrew Moffat, created the lessons to promote tolerance of same-sex couples and other minorities.

The children involved in the exodus represent about 80 per cent of the school’s entire enrolment, which is 98 per cent Muslim
However, strict religious parents said they objected because homosexuality is against their religion, while others said children were too young to learn about such matters.
On Friday, the parent campaigners said about 600 Muslim children, aged between four and 11, were withdrawn from the school for the day in protest.
Mr Moffat, who is himself gay, has also been threatened and the school was daubed in graffiti as the row escalated in recent weeks.
At one protest parents held signs that read ‘say no to promoting of homosexuality and LGBT ways of life to our children’, ‘stop exploiting children’s innocence’, and ‘education not indoctrination’.


The school’s children joined the campaign against lessons on LGBT lifestyles at a protest last mont

Parents kept their children out of lessons for the first hour of the day in last month’s protest
The school yesterday confirmed in a letter to parents that the lessons would be suspended for several months and religious education would be taught instead.
It said: ‘Up to the end of this term, we will not be delivering any No Outsiders lessons in our long term year curriculum plan, as this half term has already been blocked for religious education (RE).
‘Equality assemblies will continue as normal and our welcoming No Outsiders ethos will be there for all.’
Mr Moffat, who is currently shortlisted for the Global Teacher Prize, resigned from another primary school – Chilwell Croft academy, also in Birmingham – after a similar dispute with Muslim parents.

An estimated 600 Muslim children have been pulled out of Parkfield Community School in protest against lessons about homosexuality and gender

Police were called to the protest outside the primary school in the Saltley area of Birmingham
His No Outsiders programme has been shared online so that other schools can replicate it.
Books being read by the pupils include Mommy, Mama and Me, and King & King – stories about same-sex relationships and marriages.
In a letter to the parents, the trustee board of Excelsior Multi Academy Trust, which runs the school, confirmed that the lessons will now be stopped until the end of the term.
The decision was reached after a meeting between Andrew Warren, the regional schools commissioner for the West Midlands, parents, the trust, and Liam Byrne, the local Labour MP.
Parents’ anger is aimed at the school’s assistant head Andrew Moffat (pictured), who created the ‘No Outsiders’ lessons in 2015 to help fight discrimination and promote equality
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Parents’ anger is aimed at the school’s assistant head Andrew Moffat (pictured), who created the ‘No Outsiders’ lessons in 2015 to help fight discrimination and promote equality
Protester Mariam Ahmed, whose four-year-old daughter attends the school, organised a petition against the No Outsiders project
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Protester Mariam Ahmed, whose four-year-old daughter attends the school, organised a petition against the No Outsiders project

The school started its programme four years ago and says it should welcome people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender
The letter said: ‘The discussions were a helpful first step and identified the key issues that are concerning parents, including the ethos, the books, the age appropriateness, the lessons and the assemblies.
‘The agreed outcome of the meeting was the need to have a discussion with the school community about the No Outsiders curriculum and how it should be delivered.’
It comes after Mr Byrne spoke about the row in a Commons debate on a petition over parents’ rights to withdraw children from such lessons.
From 2020, all primary schools will be encouraged to teach gay and transgender issues as part of compulsory relationships education – and parents will not be allowed to withdraw their children.

Parents said teaching about LGBT equality at the school is an exploitation of child innocence

Protester Mariam Ahmed, whose four-year-old daughter attends the school, organised a petition against the No Outsiders project

Ahmed uses a loud speaker to address the crowd of more than 300 people
Mr Byrne said: ‘There has been a breakdown of trust between parents and teachers [at Parkfield] which is completely unacceptable.
‘On the one hand we have very angry parents. On the other, we have teachers that have felt very intimidated and we had a graffiti attack on the school this morning. Both absolutely unacceptable.’
Mr Byrne said that while he applauded Mr Moffat’s efforts, he will be fighting for parents ‘rights for their views to be heard, the right for their role to be respected and the right for choice to be protected’.
However, Amanda Spielman, the head of Ofsted, has praised the programme and said all children should be taught some families have ‘two mummies’ or ‘two daddies’.

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