Although teachers at the Parkfield Community School in Birmingham, England pledged to stop indoctrinating their elementary students with a pro-LGBT curricula in response to large protests by mostly Muslim parents who object to the homosexual propaganda, many parents are still protesting at the school and keeping their children at home. The protests started in January.
The LGBT curricula falls under the program detailed in No Outsiders in Our School: Teaching the Equality Act in Primary Schools, written by Andrew Moffat, who teaches at the Parkfield school. The program uses 35 picture books to instruct children that homosexual behavior and same-sex couples are normal. Moffat, an openly gay man, is also the author of Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools. The Parkfield school is 90% Muslim.
Islam strongly disapproves of homosexual behavior and it is illegal and punishable by death in some Muslim countries, such as Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Nigeria.
One of the Muslim parents of a student at Parkfield, told the BBC, "It is not age appropriate. We have no problem with the Equalities Act, we have no problem with them teaching them British values, but this is not teaching them British values, this is promoting homosexuality, this is confusing children."
"Children are coming home, girls are asking whether it is true they can be boys, boys as young as four asking whether it is true we can be girls," she said. "There is no need for it."
Another Muslim parent, Maqsood Hussain, said "this material is inappropriate" for the young children in the elementary school.
The No Outsiders program was suspended at Parkfield on March 13 until the school and parents reach some accomodation. However, the school insists the program will continue next fall, according to liberal columnist James Bloodworth.
"[M]any parents at Parkfield have anxieties about No Outsiders," wrote Stephen Daisley in The Spectator. "They disapprove of homosexuality and trans lifestyles and don’t want their children being taught that it’s a valid way to live their lives."
"The riposte that No Outsiders simply informs children about all kinds of relationships is irrelevant," said Daisley. "Parents at Parkfield don’t want their children to be neutral on homosexuality; they want them to know such conduct is immoral and against the fitrah of Allah."
"They don’t need this to be taught in schools, they just don’t want schools to undermine the moral precepts they are trying to instil at home," he said.
Ironically, columnist James Bloodworth made it clear that he and other LGBT advocates want to do precisely that -- undermine the moral instruction the students receive from their parents.
As he wrote about the Parkfield controversy, "Those of us who wish to see children taught about the full spectrum of human sexuality are not seeking to impose anything on anyone.
"Rather, we are trying to chip away at, and mitigate, the religiously-mandated stigma that still surrounds homosexuality – a stigma which is more keenly felt today in minority communities."
"Parental pressure like that being applied in Birmingham must not be allowed to prevail," demands Bloodworth. "Our commitment to equality – backed up by law – is also a deeply held belief, and we have a right to demand that our point of view is respected, even if we don’t take our principles from a holy book."
In other words, you will respect (and accept) our homosexuality -- and not stigmatize us! -- because the law, the State, is on our side. Your religious beliefs must be "chipped away."