Equality lessons row: LGBT controversy exploited by Islamist extremists, says report

Equality lessons row: LGBT controversy exploited by Islamist extremists, says report
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Posted on 7 Oct 2019

A report published by the Commission for Countering Extremism says that the LGBT-lessons row in two Birmingham primary schools - Parkfield and Anderton Park - was exploited by Islamist extremists.


The report, published today and entitled Challenging Hateful Extremism, includes information gathered at first hand by Sara Khan, lead Commissioner for Counter Extremism.

During a visit to Birmingham, Ms Khan heard about parents being intimidated into silence and warned that they could ‘burn in hell’ if they didn’t get behind the anti-LGBT demonstrations.


In the report, Ms Khan says that the LGBT-lessons row was ‘exploited’ by extremists ‘to entrench social division’. 

The commission states in the report: 'Elements of the protesting appear to be underpinned by a hatred of LGBT+ people and a conviction that it is not possible to reconcile Islam (and other faiths) with support for LGBT+ people.'


The report also refers to a powerpoint presentation seen by the commission which was prepared by pro-Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahir and circulated to protesters 'to counter "arguments that legitimise LGBT" and prevent Muslim youth from questioning Islamic values.' 

The report states: 'The deeply hate-filled presentation compares LGBT+ people to animals, paedophiles and zoophiles.


'It also implies that there should be a prohibition against LGBT+ similar to that against incest. Once again, the anti LGBT+ protests are described in the context of confrontation between liberalism and Islam, and directs hatred against...the LGBT+ community.'

The ongoing row has centred around an educational programme called No Outsiders, which was devised in 2014 by the gay assistant head teacher at Parkfield, Andrew Moffat. The programme includes information about LGBT relationships which protesters feel is not age-appropriate for primary school children. 


Despite the fact that Anderton Park doesn’t teach the programme, the school has nonetheless been subjected to the same kind of protests as Parkfield. 

Birmingham City Council won an injunction in the summer to stop protesters from demonstrating outside the school.  

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