A group of over three hundred Muslim parents has rallied outside a primary school in Birmingham, England, to protest against children being taught and introduced to the topics of homosexuality and LGBTQ.
According to the demonstrators who said they will not tolerate this course of action anymore, such teachings are corrupting the minds of their young ones instead of focusing on subjects that could benefit the children in life.
During the rally, people were holding up signs that read “Let kids be kids,” “Education not indoctrination,” and “say no to promoting of homosexuality and LGBT ways of life to our children.”
While some of the parents expressed they have nothing against the LGBT community, they want their kids to have a “proper” education involving more “math, science, and English” and less LGBT.
While the protest against the school’s teachings was in majority held by Muslim parents, they were accompanied by Christian evangelists who showed their support.
The protesters’ anger was directed at Andrew Moffat, the primary school’s head assistant, who is the mastermind behind the controversial program called ‘No Outsiders.’
The program, which has spread to several other schools in the country, consists of five lessons per year and was first piloted in 2014.
Mr. Moffat, who was awarded an MBE for his contribution to diversity and equality back in 2017, has previously resigned from a teaching post after he was confronted by Christian parents over lessons related to homosexuality.
“What they are teaching is not right, they are too young. There are nine parts of the Act and they only seem to be focusing on one, homosexuality, and that is wrong. They need to have an ethos which reflects the area,” Mariam Ahmed, one of the protestors whose 4-year-old daughters attends the school, said.
“It’s not just because we are Muslims, there are Christians here too. We don’t have a vendetta against homosexuals and we respect the Act. We respect that Mr. Moffat is gay and we are happy for him to teach.”
After the protest, Parkfield Community School responded by saying they want their students to be “accepting and to welcome anybody.” While they admitted in a statement that they are disappointed by the parents’ reaction, the school announced they don’t intend to drop the “successful” program.
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