UK School Cancels LGBT Equality Classes Following Protests from Parents
The Office for Standards in Education deemed lessons as 'age-appropriate'
Parents who protested against forced LGBT lessons for their children in Birmingham, UK last week, have pressured the school to discontinue the classes consisting of homosexuality and gender equality.
The Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) said the lessons where "age-appropriate," but Muslim parents argued that the classes were inappropriate for young children and contradicts Islam.
Four more schools in Birmingham halted their LGBT lesson following mounting pressure from parents.
The Leigh Trust, the educational organization that runs the schools, announced it was suspending the No Outsiders program until an agreement with parents was reached.
Assistant headteacher Andrew Moffat piloted the controversial project at Parkfield in 2014.
Moffat received MBE for services to equality and diversity in education in 2017.
In a letter, the Trust said it was stopping the lessons until after Ramadan, which finishes in June.
"The powerpoint was written four years ago in line with Prevent duty at that time. No Outsiders is all about tolerance, accepting difference and respect, which are all key aspects of community cohesion and our fundamental British values," a spokesperson for Parkfield Community School said.
Mother of one of the pupils Fatima Shah told Birmingham live the program was "inappropriate, totally wrong."
"Children are being told it's OK to be gay yet 98 percent of children at this school are Muslim. It's a Muslim community," she said.
Parents kept their children at home from Parkfield Community School in Birmingham, UK, to protest the 'No Outsiders' programme, which teaches children as young as four about LGBT lifestyles.
Great statement from Parkfield School on BBC radio4 6.00 news today supporting #nooutsiders “no outsiders is about tolerance, respect, acceptance and embracing differences in people which is at the heart of British Values”— Andrew Moffat (@moffat_andrew) March 19, 2019
The bigotry of religious privilege. Another primary school in #Birmingham— Amina Lone (@Amina_Lone) March 19, 2019
Another protest against teaching #NoOutsiders programme. Parents who want special protection for religious freedom but deny other minorities the same. pic.twitter.com/JtDU3mN4mN
Why are Islamic groups being allowed to stop LGBT lessons? So sad. Another five schools now banned the No Outsiders lessons. Don’t understand it. No religious group should have that influence. Isn’t religion about love and acceptance? #LGBTLessons #NoOutsiders— India Willoughby (@IndiaWilloughby) March 19, 2019
Children removed from the school equate to 80 percent of the school's entire enrolment, leaving the school almost empty.
Three hundred parents and children attended one demonstration against the lessons.
Some Muslims parents insisted they would willingly leave the UK than allow their children to attend Parkfield Community School and learn about LGBT.
In the demonstration, one child carried a sign saying 'Let kids be kids.'
The schools assistant head Andrew Moffat has come under fire for being the person behind the No Outsiders lessons.
The news comes almost a month after the UK Government announced it was introducing a new law making gay and transgender sex education classes a legal requirement for all children ages five and over.
The new legislation will make it illegal for parents to opt out of the lessons despite an official petition against the measure that received over 100,000 signatures.