A strictly Orthodox Jewish councillor has said that rabbis should consider public demonstrations to prevent religious schools being compelled to teach about LGBT relationships.
Brian Gordon, longstanding Conservative councillor in Barnet, said at a public meeting: “We should be far more vigorous and politically direct in our campaigning, to the point of peaceful mass protests and demonstrations, if our rabbis will so permit.
“We should be demanding that no faith school should be required to teach things that are opposed to their religious ethos - full stop.
“Because we have been so quiet and restrained, most politicians are not even aware of the injustice to which our schools are being subjected.”
Mr Gordon said there was an “obsession” to promote the concept of equalities within the education system: “This has enabled the growing anti-religious humanist lobby that has taken hold behind the scenes within the Department for Education and Ofsted to arrogantly ride roughshod over faith schools.
“They aim to force them to teach lifestyles that are biblically forbidden. To demand the teaching of same-gender relationships at religious schools is itself an act of intolerance and extremism, even abuse.”
He added that “we can teach children to be tolerant towards other cultures and lifestyles… without having to spell out what they are.”
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