LABOUR Backs Anti-Gay Muslims In Birmingham School-Row

by TR News

A LABOUR MP has backed Muslim parents who have caused outrage by protesting the teaching of LGBT issues at a Birmingham school.

Last month Roger Godsiff MP said he “understood the protester’s concerns,” and has now added that he “believes in telling it as [he] see[‘s] it.”

Godsiff appeared in a video alongside Muslim protesters and said “you’re right”, despite the protesters intimidating parents and harassing teachers at the school.

He added: “If I had the opportunity of rolling the clock back I would do exactly the same thing again. Because I think you have a just cause and I regret the fact that it hasn’t been reciprocated by the headteacher.”

He then promised to fight for the protesters, revealing: “I will continue to try and fight your corner because you’re right. Nothing more, nothing less. You’re right.”

The MP, who failed to read books that are causing the protests and told the BBC last month that he ‘didn’t read’ the pro-LGBT children’s books that are causing anger with homophobic Muslims.

Godsiff gave two examples of “questionable books” provided by protesters, one is called “My Chacha is Gay”, which is about a Pakistani boy who has a gay uncle, and “My Princess Boy”, about a boy who likes to wear princess dresses. You can find links to those books HERE and HERE.

The Birmingham Hall Green MP was slammed by social media activists who accused the MP of putting Muslim interests before the interests of gay people.

Godsiff, the MP for Birmingham Hall Green, courted further controversy after saying it was not “age appropriate” for five-year-olds to learn that gay parents exist.

Shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, however, said she had reported Godsiff to the party’s chief whip over his widely condemned comments.

However, Godsiff was backed by Labour’s Jonathan Ashworth MP who told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday that Godsiff shouldn’t lose the party whip.

 

Godsiff appeared in a video alongside Muslim protesters and said “you’re right”, despite the protesters intimidating parents and harassing teachers at the school.

Following weeks of protests, the local council successfully applied for a high-court ban to stop demonstrators from protesting outside the gates of the school on Friday.

The Department for Education’s statutory guidance on the matter, which dictates what schools must cover, is unequivocal in that all schools must teach that marriage can be between members of the opposite or same sex, and that some families look different to others.

The school’s headteacher, Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, called the demonstrations “toxic and nasty.” Regarding the protestors she said “It’s only ever a handful of people. It’s never everybody. But it’s coercive, controlling behaviour by mainly men, making demands.”

 

Hewitt-Clarkson said that the protests do not represent Birmingham or most of her parent body.

“When I see those pictures of 200 to 300 people on one afternoon standing outside my school, I look at that like I’m an observer from a foreign land. That’s not my city. That’s not my school,” she says.

 

 

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