Birmingham protests 'not an issue of gay people vs Muslim people'

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Parental protests outside a Birmingham school teaching LGBT issues are not "an issue of gay people vs Muslim people", according to the chief editor of an Islamic current affairs website.

Dr Salman Butt said objection by parents to same-sex relationship lessons at Anderton Park Primary School had been "misrepresented" in the media.

"The parents are not arguing against the existence of X, Y, Z. Their main complaint is that some teachers have been breaching value distinction," he told talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"It is a fact to say that some families have two mums, or one mum, or one dad, but it is a value statement to go beyond that and say 'This is ok, 'This is normal, 'This is morally right'."

Yesterday, a judge issued a fresh injunction against protesters demonstrating against the lessons, which continues to ban protests in the area surrounding the school.

The move was welcomed by headteacher Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, who insisted the school has "never taught sex".

But Dr Butt said parents believed their "legally mandated rights" were being overrided by their children learning about LGBT issues without parental consent.

"You have parents complaining of kids coming home and saying 'Mummy, I might be a boy trapped in a girls body'," he said.

"The parents are feeling that these are issues that are not products of hard facts. These are issues of moral beliefs, philosophical convictions that adults don't even agree on."

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