OpEd: Culture clash: British Muslims battle liberal educators over homosexuality in schools
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A clash of cultures is erupting in Great Britain as Muslim parents battle against liberal educators over whether a government-sanctioned curriculum on sexuality should be taught in school. They say the lessons contradict their faith and their ability as parents to have a choice over what their children learn.
Hundreds of parents kept their children home from Parkfield school, outside Birmingham, in protest of a piloted No Outsiders program that is aimed at promoting tolerance and diversity along the lines of race, gender, religion, and sexuality in the spirit of the Equality Act of 2010.
The article goes on to state the following:
These tensions came to a flash point when parents gathered outside the school and protested the curriculum. A video clip of the protest posted on Twitter days ago amassed almost 2 million views before the user made his account private.
The video shows a man with a bullhorn standing on the back of a truck with large signs that read “Our Children, Our Choice” and “Stop! ‘No Outsiders’” as reference to the equality-based program. The man with the bullhorn then sets his focus on the school’s assistant headmaster Andrew Moffat who championed the progressive lesson. He accuses Moffat of interpreting religious scriptures and usurping parental rights.
Moffat is the author of Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools, and has become the central figure in the controversy. He previously resigned from another primary school after another disagreement with both Muslim and Christian parents over similar lessons being introduced.
Mahamed also makes the following observation as he concludes his lengthy opinion editorial:
Seeing the growing disdain that the left has had for Christians in the U.S., it shouldn’t be surprising for American Muslims to see what our British counter-parts are being subjected to.
Muslims are a part of the intersectional coalition for Democrats to attack conservatives and challenge Republicans in office. Once they gain power or feel comfortable enough, they’ll prioritize one protected group over another, and we’ll find out that we Muslims don’t make it high on that list. At that point, it’ll be too late to protect our values.
Muslims will need to team up with those on the Right for families to have more input into the education of their children and to be involved in the dialogue of school choice and religious freedom. We’re fortunate enough in the U.S. to have more free speech protections than other developed nations. But if we choose to wait idly by, there’s no guarantee those protections will last long without our involvement.
Abdi Mohamed is a conservative activist and cultural commentator in Saint Paul, Minn. He works to engage Muslim and immigrant communities to support liberty and conservative-minded policies on the local and national level.
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— Abdi Mohamed (@AbdiSTP) March 13, 2019
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