Guy Crouchback: Warnings of British culture war

25 Mar 2009

By The Record

In my column on October 22 last year, I wrote of 90 Muslim parents in Britain who objected to homosexual propaganda being forced upon their children at two primary schools in the Bristol area.

























The children were being given books, one of which, titled King and King, and described as a fairy-tale, featured as its hero a prince who turns down three princesses before, in a happy ending, marrying one of their brothers.
Another, called And Tango Makes Three, told of two male homosexual penguins who fall in love and adopt. The children receiving this material were as young as five.
Faced by the protests of the Muslim parents – which, incidentally, appear to have been phrased in the most polite and reasonable terms, objecting to the fact that their children were talking about homosexuality before they were considered old enough to be told about heterosexuality – the materials were withdrawn.
Now, however, it is reported that the books are back in various primary schools, and this time there is no backing down by Authority. At the George Tomlinson Primary School, in the outer London area of Waltham Forest, more than 30 children have been withdrawn by Muslim and Christian parents after having these same works of literature given them as part of “celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month.”
This time, instead of respecting the parents’ wishes and withdrawing the material, the Waltham Forest Council is reported to be bringing criminal prosecutons against them for abetting truancy.
A spokesperson for the council said that the action was being taken against the parents as part of a policy of – believe it or not – promoting tolerance. A further irony is that the general standard of education in many government schools is now so poor that children might often have a better chance in life by being taken out of them (The same day this story broke, for example, a survey indicated that 60 per cent of secondary-school children had never heard of the Nazi holocaust – at a time when anti-Semitism is making an alarming come-back).
British columnist Richard Littlejohn wrote: “Devout Christian and Muslim parents had warned the school in advance that they had strong religious objections.
“Pervez Latif, a 41-year-old accountant, kept his nine and 10-year-old sons at home and is now facing prosecution.
“He wrote to the chairman of the school governors, but his protests were ignored. Sarah Saed, 40, withdrew her eight-year-old daughter with great reluctance. It was the first blemish on her 100 per cent attendance record. ‘This was the only choice I had,’ she said. ‘It is not an appropriate age for children to be learning about homosexual relationships’.”
Under thre present law in Britain, parents have the legal right to exempt their children from religious education and sex lessons.
However, by dishonest legal trickery this objection is not allowed in the present case because this material is officially classed as “history.”
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month was originally supported by the equivalent of the British Education Department, and is now supported by a plethora of official organisations dedicated to recreating Britain and the psychology of the British people. They include the Metropolitan Police Service, the Metropolitan Police Authority, Amnesty International and the Crown Prosecution Service.