A primary school in Birmingham that promoted LGBT issues to pupils as young as four has stopped after hundreds of children were withdrawn by parents in protest.
The Guardian reports that about 600 mostly Muslim children, aged between four and 11, were withdrawn from the school for the day. The school would not confirm the number.
Before withdrawing their children, parents had been protesting outside the Parkfield Community School in Saltley, Birmingham.
The parents had been carrying placards with slogans such as ‘stop exploiting children’s innocence’, and ‘education not indoctrination’.
As part of the LGBT lessons, children were being made to read books like Mommy, Mama and Me, and King & King – stories about same-sex relationships and marriages.
The assistant headteacher of the school, Andrew Moffat, is in a same-sex civil partnership and has been pushing the lessons.
The issue was first raised by Fatima Shah, who pulled her 10-year-old daughter out of the school, saying children were too young to be learning about same-sex marriages and LGBT rights in the classroom.
‘We are not a bunch of homophobic mothers’, she said. ‘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.
‘They need to be allowed to be children rather than having to constantly think about equalities and rights’.
Commentator Brendan O’Neill said, ‘Liberal and left-leaning observers have found themselves doing something they never normally do: criticising Muslims.
‘Specifically Muslim parents in Birmingham who have successfully pressured the local primary school to stop teaching their kids about homosexuality and transgenderism.
‘Apparently it is outrageous for parents to exercise moral authority over their very young children and instead they should trust the state to impart the correct moral wisdom to their offspring.
‘That’s the undertone of the coverage of this controversy: that officialdom knows better than a child’s own parents how that child should be raised and morally instructed’.
He added, ‘At least we now know there is one group of people who come above Muslims in the chattering classes’ sympathy stakes: gay and trans kids’.