BIRMINGHAM – A local British councilor has called for peace talks between protesting Muslim parents and a school in Birmingham, the UK after accusations of “promoting homosexuality among their so young children in the class.”
“Being open about LGBT in the classroom isn’t a good idea. Parkfield Community School must listen to the concerns being raised,” Mohammed Idrees, Alum Rock Labour councilor and a devout Muslim, told Birmingham Mail on January 27.
On Friday, a group of angry parents protested against a curriculum supporting homosexuality and LGBT rights in the classroom.
Assistant headteacher Andrew Moffat MBE continues to pilot what’s known as ‘No Outsiders’ – a program run alongside sex and relationship education (SRE) lessons at Parkfield.
Moffat produced a book with the same name about his experiences after he resigned from Chilwell Croft Academy in 2014 because of similar complaints from parents about his sexuality.
The storybooks being read by pupils in class tales about same-sex relationships and homosexual marriages.
While some Muslim parents protested the teachings of the curriculum, others like the mum-of-three students Fatima Shah – took her children out until lessons are scrapped or drastically changed.
The administration of the school, however, has defended its program by announcing “No Outsiders allows us to raise awareness of these differences so that children are able to tolerate and accept differences in our society.”
The Muslim British councilor, Idrees said “We’ll have a meeting with the school. I think this is important. I know about the issue and, with it being a predominantly Muslim school, the sensitivities of the parents must be discussed.”
Same-sex relationship and marriage are totally prohibited in Islam, Christianity, and all divine religions.
Islam teaches that believers should neither do the obscene acts nor in any way indulge in their propagation.
The Catholic Church teaches that homosexuality is not a sin, but considers homosexual intercourse as sinful.
Former Pope Benedict XVI had called for defending humanity against the threat posed by homosexual behaviors, warning homosexual acts could lead to the self-destruction of the human race.