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Wed Nov 27, 2019, 08:56 PM

Birmingham (UK) anti-LGBT school protesters had 'misinterpreted' teachings, judge says

Source: The Guardian

Birmingham anti-LGBT school protesters had 'misinterpreted' teachings, judge says

High court rules that exclusion zone around Anderton Park primary will be permanent

Nazia Parveen
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Tue 26 Nov 2019 11.04 GMT
Last modified on Wed 27 Nov 2019 00.14 GMT

A high court judge has said activists protesting against LGBT equality lessons had “grossly misrepresented” what was being taught to children as he ruled that they would be permanently banned from demonstrating directly outside a Birmingham primary school.

Protesters went head to head with a local authority during a five-day hearing to stop demonstrations outside Anderton Park school. The school, in the Sparkhill area of the city, has become the focus of a long campaign to halt LGBT equality messages being taught in the classroom.

Most of the protesters have been of Muslim faith and some have stood regularly outside the school chanting “Let kids be kids” and carrying placards with the message: “Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.”

Birmingham city council launched court action to prevent more protests outside the school after about 300 people gathered at the gates in May. The demonstration included a highly controversial speech by an imam who claimed anal sex, paedophilia and “transgenderism” were being taught in schools.

At the centre of the case was the school’s teaching and whether children were being taught inappropriate content on LGBT issues. The local authority maintained it was not seeking to curtail free speech but wanted to contain anti-social behaviour which had become a regular feature of protests and was having a “significant adverse impact” on pupils, teachers and the local community.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/nov/26/birmingham-anti-lgbt-school-protests-judge-ban-permanent

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 09:42 PM

1. And this, my friends, is why I have an issue w/Islam as well as Xtianity

 

It's not anti-Islam of me to dislike Islam (all of it) just like I dislike Christianity (all of it). I'm an equal-opportunity Hitchens-style anti-religion atheist. Religion is a pox on humankind.

Christianity and Islam are two of the worst. Not surprising since they sprang from the same patriarchal, misogynistic group of people.

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Response to bitterross (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 11:28 AM

2. Unlike the Christians, the Muslims have a good chance of winning.

 

Demographics and a faction of the British ruling class are on their side.

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Response to Odoreida (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 12:17 PM

3. That's a real shame

 

Too many have taken on defending the indefensible as a way to atone for past wrongs. There is nothing any more defensible about allowing Imams to be bigoted, anti-LGBTQ, misogyinistic and racist than doing it for priests.

I'm my get this comment banned, but here goes. Islam is the "flavor of the month" for many, many activists to defend. They go overboard to defend it where they would not defend other groups.

Now, understand that, that statement comes from the point of view that Christianity and any other proselytizing religion is just as bad. So, don't think I'm singling any one group out for criticism.

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