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Angry parents call on gay teacher to resign from school where huge protest took place

Angry parents call on gay teacher to resign from school where huge protest took place

Angry parents are calling on a gay teacher to resign accusing him of pushing his personal beliefs of their children.

Before lessons last Thursday morning a 100-strong mob began chanting outside the gates of Parkfield Community School in Birmingham.

Assistant headteacher Andrew Moffat has been criticised by parents for piloting No Outsiders – a programme run alongside sex and relationship education lessons.

It promotes LGBTQ equality and challenges homophobia in primary schools.

Mr Moffat has been awarded an MBE for his work in equality education, and has also been nominated or the Global Teacher Award.

He had previously been driven out of Chilwell Croft Academy, in the Newtown area of the city, after both Christian and Muslim parents complained when he came out to the children during assembly in 2014.

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The row at Parkfield broke out when enraged mum Fatima Shah, pulled her 10-year-old daughter out of school saying children were too young to be learning about same-sex marriage and the LGBTQ community in the classroom.

Birmingham Live reports the school is in a predominantly Muslim part of the city and has seen protests intensify in recent weeks.

A 400-name petition has called for No Outsiders to be completely scrapped from the curriculum.

Mrs Shah told Birmingham Live: “It’s inappropriate, totally wrong.

“Children are being told it’s OK to be gay yet 98 per cent of children at this school are Muslim. It’s a Muslim community.

I’ve taken my daughter out and other parents have too. Enough is enough.

“Sex relationship education is being taught without our consent. We’ve not been informed about what’s being taught.

“Mr Moffat is running what’s called CHIPS – challenging homophobia in primary schools – and it’s totally against Islamic beliefs.

“I want my child to learn about English, maths and science.

“I’m keeping my daughter away from the school until something is done. I’ve been paying £20-an-hour tuition at home instead.”

An angry mob has gathered outside the Birmingham primary school calling for his resignation
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Speaking exclusively to Birmingham Live Mr Moffat said he has no plans to leave and he is in exactly the right school.

He said he has felt threatened in recent weeks after seeing malicious content about him on Facebook , being the subject of a leaflet campaign and receiving a threatening phone call.

“I’ve learnt so much from the parents here.

“Some of the children were worried about the things they saw outside of school and I’ve been inundated with lovely posters this week.

“Children have said they’re worried about me. We don’t want children to be worried.

“I’ve said ‘I’m fine, don’t worry about me’. There’s been some lovely moments this week.

“The feedback from the vast majority of parents has been good, absolutely.

“I know that some parents struggle with some aspects of the Equality Act and we’ll always talk and have respectful discussion.

“But, as I’ve said, the vast majority of parents understand that it’s in context.

“Yes, we’re talking about LGBT in a small amount of lessons but it’s always in context.

The No Outsiders programme is being taught at Parkfield Community School

 

“The context is that living in the UK, you can be different but you can get along with other people.”

He added: “I’m just teaching children from an early age that there are different families out there and, let’s not forget, that in some schools there are children with two mums so I see it that they’re not being taught anything. All they’re seeing is their family is being accepted.

“We want all children in Birmingham to know that their family is normal; their family is accepted and welcomed in schools.”

Comedian Shappi Khorsandi backed Mr Moffat’s stance and tweeted a quote from Mrs Shah before arguing her point.

She tweeted: ‘Children are being told it’s OK to be gay yet 98 per cent of children at this school are Muslim. It’s a Muslim community’

Before adding: “There are LGBT Muslim people suffering cos of this attitude. It IS ok to be gay. If you’re not telling your kids that, school must. (sic)”

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