When talking about all-inclusive in regard to educating children, should students be forced to participate in lessons that go against their beliefs? How much leeway should schools be given in what they teach our kids? In London, for example, two students were put into detention and suspended because one of them asked not to participate in LGBT lessons during Pride Month. The teacher even went so far as to embarrass and insult them as not being good representatives of the school. Is this tolerance?
A Tale of Two Christian Children
Susan Papas, head of Heavers Farm Primary School in Croydon, South London, has come under fire for excluding two ten-year-old Christian children from school activities and lessons for five days because one of them asked to be excused from LGBT lessons.
According to reports, Papas became irate with the students and said they were being disrespectful. After the instructor had handed the students LGBT material for coloring, one named Farrell asked his teacher if he could forgo the lesson, saying, “Please, may I not take part in this lesson?” The request was refused and Papas accused the boy of using homophobic language, which Farrell denied. He said he told the teacher he is a Christian and did not accept LGBT because of his religion.
Kaysey, a female student sitting next to Farrell, was implicated by the teacher in the accusation as well. She said Papas asked: “Do you want them to die?” referring to LGBT persons. Farrell said he and Kaysey replied “no” and then informed her that if they went back to their own countries they would be punished for being gay. Farrell said he was of “African Jamaican” heritage, and in his home country “everyone is Christian and Catholic, so they don’t accept LGBT.”
According to Kaysey, Papas then shouted at the two children in front of the class. “How dare you? You are a disappointment to the school.” Kaysey said the teacher also accused her of saying she wanted to see them (LGBT) killed, and the student argued she had never said that, only that they would be punished in her country. Kaysey said she was kept in detention for five hours, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Watch a 10-year-old child’s view of the damaging impact of the LGBT agenda in schools. Kaysey was manipulated, bullied & unlawfully excluded by her headteacher for alleged anti-LGBT comments. Kaysey categorically denies the allegations and she is backed by children in her class. pic.twitter.com/8GPCZwumyn
— Christian Concern (@CConcern) July 1, 2019
Forced LGBTQ Agenda in Schools
Teaching students to be tolerant, inclusive, and accepting of LGBT is a trend sweeping across the pond, and it isn’t going away any time soon. At a Parkfield community school in Birmingham, some parents objected to the new curriculum called “No Outsiders,” which the school said taught children to be tolerant of diversity involving genders, races, and sexual orientations. Parents said the lessons promoted LGBT lifestyles.
Parents and their children participated in weekly protests against the new lesson plans. In March, hundreds of mostly Muslim children, ages four to 11, did not go to school for a day. On July 3, the school announced new and improved lessons, now called “No Outsiders for a Faith Community.” The school claims the updated curriculum was modified specifically to meet parents’ concerns, but many still argue it is too focused on LGBT lifestyles.
Fatima Shah was one of the first to raise a concern about the school’s newest lesson plans. She believed the instruction promoted a lifestyle she wasn’t comfortable with and pulled her ten-year-old daughter out of the school. She said:
“We have said we don’t want children in reception (first year of primary school) to be shown books with same-sex relationships. It’s confusing for them. But the school has said it will do exactly the same as it was doing before but with a slightly different name. How is that taking our views into account?”
Where is the tolerance for parents and students who do not want to be immersed in something that is against their beliefs? This is the question many Christian families are asking and what is now driving protests throughout school districts here and across the pond. How much input and influence should schools be allowed when it comes to faith-based beliefs?
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