The gay teacher at the centre of a row at a predominantly Muslim Birmingham primary school has addressed delegates at a reformist Muslim conference.
Andrew Moffat, who works at Parkfield Community School, originated the No Outsiders educational programme seven years ago with the aim of teaching children about equality, including LGBT relationships.
His programme has been the subject of heated conflict over the last year, with a number of parents being joined by activists outside Parkfield’s gates to demonstrate against the LGBT-inclusive lessons.
Speaking at the London-held British Islam Conference, Mr Moffat said: “It’s all about dialogue for me. How do we move forward? People have seen protests outside my school about No Outsiders. What do you do with that? Do you retreat and hide, or do you keep going or find opportunities to talk to people who you may disagree with?
“That’s what living in the UK is all about. We are all different but we can find common ground and we can have respect for each other. We can disagree sometimes but we can get along. That’s what living in the UK is all about and that’s what No Outsiders is about as well.”
The British Islam conference promotes itself as ‘a weekend promoting collaboration and thinking around the idea of a British Islam and encouraging the development of British Muslim thought, identity and culture; as well as creating a space for the development of networks and partnerships’.
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